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Album Review

Yet another release by the indefatigable British psychobilly combo the Guana Batz, Electra Glide in Blue proffers more of the rootsy same: singer Pip Hancox's wild-eyed bray of a voice riding on top of Stuart Osbourne's reverb-soaked lead guitar twang and Sam Sardi's woody slap bass. Tongue-in-cheek songs like the meta "Spector Love" and the galloping "Take a Rocket" sound as fun and unpretentious as ever, and the band charges along throughout the brief, breathless album. Originally released in 1990 (and reissued by the Harry May label in 2005 as part of a comprehensive reissue campaign), Electra Glide in Blue proved to be the final album by the original lineup of the Guana Batz, but it was an admirable swan song.


Formed: 1983

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

The Guana Batz were part of a British wave of psychobilly that sprang up in the early '80s, around the same time that bands like the Cramps were gaining underground prominence in America, and more straightforward rockabilly revivalists like the Stray Cats and the Polecats were hitting the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. The group was formed in the English town of Feltham, in Middlesex, in 1983, with a lineup featuring vocalist Pip Hancox, guitarist Stuart Osbourne, bassist Mick White (also...
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