01. Stick Around
02. Back Luck (At The Right Time)
03. Sugar Daddy
05. Trail of Tears
06. Mark Of The Squeeler
07. All I Wanna Do
08. You Better Move
09. Don't Tease Me
10. Black Market Ride
11. Pirate Love (Johnny Thunders)
12. Matador Del Mar
14. Burnin' Love
15. Rock 'n' Roll Murder
16. Redemption Blues
The Frantic Flattops are a helluva good rockabilly band outta Rochester,
NY, whose motto is "we worship at the altar of rock 'n' roll with one
finger extended." Their distinctive blend of rock, punk, and blues is
about as American as David Lynch. This little ditty is off their latest
cd, Rock-N-Roll Murder, which may or may not have been inspired by the
time a man showed up at one of their shows naked with his roommate's
head in a backpack. Now that, my friends, is rock 'n' roll!!!
Among the seemingly innumerable rockabilly, swing and roots bands to form
during the past several years, many can be called good, but only a few can
claim to be great. The Frantic Flattops fit squarely in that category.
Rock 'n Roll Murder is the Flattops'"junior" effort, their third album, and
it's another fully formed chapter in the band's fascinating and joyful evolution.
On Rock 'n Roll Murder rockabilly riffs morph into metal on "Lowdown," then
careen into walls of Sex Pistol's style punk on "All I Wanna Do." Frantic
Frank DeBlase and crew veer off into swing territory, complete with
gorgeous horn arrangements, on "Sugar Daddy," while DeBlase's voice steers
through the band's varied musical landscape like a teenager on a joy ride.
He screams like Bon Scott one moment and croons like Elvis the next on the
western ballad, "Trail of Tears." There's a story in the album's diversity
that gives the listener the feeling this band has done some serious living
and some serious playing. DeBlase finds beauty in desperation on hard-luck
ballads like "Mark of the Squealer," and "Redemption Blues," where Sunday
night becomes a time of serious reckoning.
Check out the Flattops--live or on disc--and you'll know that while today's
swing may be a passing fad, rock and roll, Frantic Flattops style, is here