Ruby Joe - Hot Rod Deluxe

Tuesday 1st June 1999
Ruby Joe - Hot Rod Deluxe
Ruby Joe - Hot Rod Deluxe

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Sublime 8306105262

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

With Billboard recently running a cover story on the "Global Rockabilly Revival" here are Christendom's own set of Brylcream-quiffed rockabil-lies clearly owning a good collection of Sun Records originals and with a desire to use the frantic tempos and hiccupping vocals of the '50s country-meets-rock'n'roll synthesis in the service of the Gospel. Take "John 17" here, using a tune ripped straight from Big Boy Crudup's "That's Alright Mama" which Elvis immortalised. Ruby Joe turn it into a careering retro whooping which will have you jiving as the lyrics bite home ("He shook the hand of sinners/Had dinner with some friends/Religious folk hated/All that he did intend"). Much more focussed than the punk-meets-rockabilly of the band's 'Sinking The Eight Ball' this is a whooping, bass slapping, hand jiving delight.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Foo Foo Flirt [Listen]
2. John 17 [Listen]
3. O My Soul [Listen]
4. Flames [Listen]
5. Self-Righteous Stomp [Listen]
6. Loaded Gun [Listen]
7. Ambers Song [Listen]
8. Fast Lane Sinner [Listen]
9. Little Angel [Listen]
10. Last Chance Johnny [Listen]
11. Hot Rod [Listen]
12. Get It Right [Listen]

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