|Miriam Linna, detonating|
The Bell House in Brooklyn hosted four days and nights of boozy, wiggy, wild rawk and roll, and I was thrilled to be in the middle of it all. The occasion was the 25th Anniversary of venerable Norton Records, husband-and-wife Billy Miller's and Miriam Linna's Brooklyn-based record label nobly devoted to unearthing, issuing, and extolling decades worth of obscure rock and roll, rockabilly, and R&B in its primal state: simple, fun, funny, and raucous.
|Greg Cartwright in the front room|
|Andy Shernoff (with Tricia Scotti)|
|Jackie and the Cedrics|
A few highlights among many: Cartwright's Reigning Sound were fantastic, stomping and passionate and soulful as always. Jackie and the Cedrics were showmen of the highest order, sharp-besuited Japanese purveyors of surf. The Randy Fuller Four surprised me: Fuller is Bobby Fuller's brother and bass player in the original Five, and he teamed up with Deke Dickerson of Untamed Youth. This was a one-off lineup for the festival, I'm pretty sure, and it worked beautifully: Bobby Fuller's songs are so good that they bounced along like candy, Fuller's game but somewhat tuneless voice failing to drain away the sweetness. Untamed Youth were a riot: Missouri via So Cal garage surf, mania heightened by a dance-off between band members Steve Rager and Chris “Sugarballs” Sprague, bass player Mace's beer infatuation which culminated in a shower of suds, Andy Shernoff joining the band to belt UT's "unofficial anthem," the Dictators' "Cars and Girls," and Dickerson's
|Billy Miller, enthusing|
But these are quibbles. The fabulous, obscure, LOUD rock and roll songs spun by the DJs between bands all weekend made Norton 25 a veritable soundtrack of the past half century of greasy rock and roll.
|Me and Miriam L|
Congrats to Billy, Miriam, and all of the hard-working people, present and past, at Norton Records. See you at the 50th.
|Cyril Jordan + the A-Bones|
|Some kinda fun!|
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