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Minstrels, Poets & Vagabonds – The Hedrons

The Hedrons are one of the cover stars of the above book bringing a bit of glamour and zest into the field of long hair men playing guitar solo’s.

Their sound bridges the gap between “rock” and “new wave” and like such as The Runaways before them they do it pretty well.

Perhaps it is best left to them to describe where they are coming from, this is taken from www.thehedrons.com

The Hedrons music is decidedly one part Ramones-esque brawn, one part femme-fatale roar, and one part ruthless guitar-driven nerve. Or as lead guitarist Rosie humorously puts it, “If you listen to us, you wouldn’t realise it was girls until Tippi starts singing – you’d think it was a bunch of big hairy guys playing.” And although the girls would personally describe their sound as the modern love child of the Foo Fighters and Joan Jett, they would also say that the very same is proudly godfathered by Iggy Pop & The Stooges.

In 2005 The Hedrons were formed in their native Glasgow. With a relentless gigging schedule, back-to-back Top 5 UK indie singles chart success and an entry in the Top 40 of the official UK indie album chart with debut album ‘One More Won’t Kill Us’, the four-piece have established themselves as one of the country’s foremost emerging rock bands.

In the UK throughout 2006, The Hedrons were the focus of many a press feature and gained plenty of airplay, including from the likes of Radio 1 and XFM. The band was first tipped in the NME who said of them ‘an all-girl four-piece who sound like Patti Smith meets Penetration with a dash of early Blondie and a smidging of The Runaways… you have to hear this band!’ Off the back of this attention and all their touring, The Hedrons were confirmed to perform at several summer UK summer festivals including Download at Donington, T In The Park and Guilfest. Of particular significance, the band was invited by the band Alice In Chains to step in as special guests at their only UK show at the London Astoria. Overall, The Hedrons satisfied a healthy appetite of over 150 gigs by the end of the year, accomplishing sell-out status at many venues up and down the UK / Ireland and generally causing much fan frenzy wherever they appeared. One of those gigs recently gained special recognition from the 2007 BT Digital Music Awards, when The Hedrons picked up their first ever music award nomination for ‘Best Artist Promotion’ alongside Robbie Williams, Stereophonics and David Gilmour for becoming the first British band ever to play a live, virtual gig as 3-D figures inside the virtual world ‘Second Life’.
The riotous foursome have been received extremely well by industry heavy-hitters and college students alike as anyone could tell from the sell-out attendance at venues like The Key Club and Spaceland in LA or The Knitting Factory in New York.

Festival slots have included a main stage appearance at the Isle Of Wight festival where they played alongside long time rock idols The Rolling Stones.

The Hedrons then went on to play their second consecutive performance at Download 2007 and T In The Park, which saw them move up several stages to play the famous King Tut’s tent.

They have completed a second North American tour where they played to crowds of over 15,000 and festivals such as the Quebec International Summer Fest plus a Club NME gig and even supported the revived Sex Pistols in Glasgow.

Although The Hedrons have just started out in their career, they have already made a healthy impact on the music scene. And, according to drummer Soup, one thing’s for sure, “For four girls, we make one hell of a noise.”

“Heatseeker” – The Hedrons

Here is their version of one of my favourite songs Vince Taylor’s “Brand New Cadillac”

To buy the music of The Hedrons click HERE

To buy the book click HERE

As a bonus here is some solo Tippi

“Boy” – Tippi

To buy the music of Tippi click HERE

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February 20, 2010 Posted by | Books, Old Music, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Vince Taylor

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I first came across Vince Taylor via The Clash cover version of “Brand New Cadillac” which appeared on their brilliant “London Calling” album.

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September 19, 2009 Posted by | Cover Stories, Video | , | Leave a comment

Cover Story – The Clash

With The Clash back in the limelight via the release of their “Live At Shea Stadium” album I thought the time is right for a Clash post.

As their 1979 double album “London Calling” ( “the best album of the 80’s…….quoted Rolling Stone) is in my Top 10 all time favourite albums it would have been easy to make that the subject of the post.

One of the reasons that album and the subsequent triple album “Sandinista” pressed my button was the fact that the band were willing to progress beyond their “punk” origins but were equally willing to wear their hearts and souls on their sleeves through a series of cover versions which promoted their love of rockabily and reggae.

Even on their punk fueled debut album their cover of Junior Murvins “Police and Thieves” seemed so appropriate.

“Police and Thieves” – Junior Murvin [MP3]

Next up from “THe Cost Of Living EP” is a great cover of the Bobby Fuller Four hit “I Fought The Law”

“I Fought The Law” – Bobby Fuller Four [MP3]

Next up from “London Calling” the storming Vince Taylor hit “Brand New Cadillac”

“Brand New Cadillac” – Vince Taylor [MP3)

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Back to more reggae and from “sandanista” here is Willi Williams “Armagedion Time”

“Armagideon Time” – Willi Williams [MP3}

Watch out for Part Two which will focus on covers of Clash songs.

October 9, 2008 Posted by | Cover Stories, Old Music, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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