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Polecats shape their pompadours in a crypt. Greatest and Latest is the creepy side of rockabilly, but their greaser spookiness is more classic rockabilly than the Cramps. In the thin, trebly fuzz of the drums and guitar, they share an affinity with early, technologically desperate gothic groups like a T. Rex-inspired Bauhaus demo. This release is an overview of their sound, inspired by ghoulish B-movies and pre-rock hillbilly-swing. The Polecats are like the Misfits with no low-end and a singer that trades Elvis for Gene Vincent. Lead vocalist Tim Polecat went on to 13 Cats, a rockabilly revival supergroup featuring Slim Jim Phantom (the Stray Cats) on drums.

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Equally bequiffed but more heavily made-up than their contemporaries, the Polecats were one of the more successful bands involved in the early 80s UK rockabilly revival. Martin ‘Boz’ Boorer (guitar) and Tim ‘Polecat’ Worman (guitar/vocals) first played together while still at school in the mid-70s. They were joined in the earliest Polecats line-up by Phil Bloomberg (double bass) and Chris Hawkes (drums), performing at their local church hall in September 1978. Bloomberg played bass and drums on their...
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