Want List: Twin Helpings Of Revillos Goodness Arrive In A Fortnight!

Fay and Eugene will be returning to their rightful place in record stores next month!

Just a few months after our look at the surprising return of the Revillos when we least expected them in the mid-90s, comes new word of two new Revillos projects coming our way on the shiny silver disc…as well as the zombie vinyl trend. The first of these projects is a refresh of the Revillos 1995 album “Live + On Fire In Japan!” The original album had been recorded [wisely] on the Revillos Japanese tour which had the effect of removing them from the freezer for the first time in a decade. That album was 15 tracks taking in both Revillos albums, some stray singles, as well as one or two Rezillos classics for good measure. It’s getting not only a reissue but also a re-thinking.

cover of The Revillos live from the orient

Damaged Goods | UK | CD | DAMGOOD ???

The Revillos: Live From The Orient UK CD [2019]

  1. Secret of the Shadow
  2. Snatzmobile
  3. Motorbike Beat
  4. Bongo Brain
  5. (Bitten by a) Love Bug
  6. Where’s the Boy for Me
  7. She’s Fallen in Love with a Monster Man
  8. The Rock-a-Boom
  9. Mystery Action
  10. Bobby Come Back to Me
  11. Manhunt
  12. Scuba Scuba
  13. Mind Bending Cutie Doll
  14. Mad From Birth to Death
  15. Rev Up
  16. Do the Mutilation
  17. My Baby Does Good Sculptures
  18. Voodoo
  19. Somebody’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight
  20. The Fiend
  21. Yeah Yeah

Compare and contrast with the earlier 1995 version.

Vinyl Japan ‎| UK | CD | 1995 | ASKCD46

The Revillos: Live + On Fire In Japan UK CD [1995]

  1. Secret Of The Shadow
  2. Bongo Brain
  3. Rockaboom
  4. She’s Fallen In Love With A Monster Man
  5. Where’s The Boy For Me?
  6. Rev Up
  7. Bitten By A Lovebug
  8. Mad From Birth To Death
  9. Bobby Come Back To Me
  10. The Fiend
  11. Scuba Scuba
  12. My Baby Does Good Sculptures
  13. Do The Mutilation
  14. Somebody’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight
  15. Yeah Yeah

So the new album has a full six songs more to replicate what must have been the full gig. The running order has been re-jigged to replicate the original running order. But the biggest difference was in the studio. Drummer Rocky Rhythm has said that the original concert had been recorded to an 8-track mobile studio at the time. Not optimal with six people on stage already with four vocalists, drums, bass, organ, and ambient crowd making for a tight recording session. The mix that made it out was viewed as a lost opportunity.

<flash forward 9 years>

Kid Krupa of The Revillos

Kid Krupa [r.i.p.] at your service

In the interim, twangtastic Revillos guitarist Kid Krupa had become a producer and had plunged into the world of digital audio workstations. Using the rediscovered original mixes and various sources, began the painstaking task of re-creating the show in full with all of the drop outs, etc. fixed up using modern digital whiz-bang. And he might have done a smashing job of it had he not died in 2005; leaving the job unfinished. Until it fell upon Rocky Rhythm to complete the task after finding Krupa’s backups and tackling the work himself. The new master is the original full Japanese concert that re-activated The Revillos for several years in the late 90s. The LP [red vinyl] cuts three songs for reasons of running time. Prices are a sensible £9.95 [$12.90] for CD and just 50% more the the format that delivers less music. Pre-orders available HERE.


Damaged Goods ‎| UK | CD | 1997 | DAMGOOD 97 CD

As if that weren’t enough, Revillos fans may remember the eclectic and delightful “From The Freezer” compilation that emerged in 1997 to my sheer delight at the time. That CD was an odds + ends compilation of 20 tracks in live, demo, or simply strange form taken from the band’s archives. Now, 22 years later, the sequel is coming out! Before his death, Rocky Rhythm and Kid Krupa teamed up to have another go at the archives and found more material where familiar songs were recorded in radically different forms and became intrigued by the possibilities. Between Krupa, Rocky Rhythm and bassist Vince Santini the songs have been polished to the extent that they could with assorted dropouts being attacked with digital hammers and mallets. And now they are headed our was on the two popular disc formats on November 15th. The cover looks a little familiar

Damaged Goods | UK | CD | 2019 | DAMGOOD ???

The Revillos: Compendium Of Weird UK CD [2019]

  1. Boom Boom Boom Boom
  2. Can I Have Some?
  3. Caveman Raveman
  4. Cool Jerk
  5. Scuba Scuba
  6. Heaven Fell
  7. Hellbent (entering Psychosis by the Back Door)
  8. Hippy Hippy Sheik
  9. You Were Meant For Me
  10. I Wanna Be Your Man
  11. Big Boss
  12. Take Off
  13. Rollerskatin’
  14. Hungry For Love
  15. Do You Love Me?
  16. Mysterious Mutilators
  17. Rocking Goose

Wowser. All of the new song titles are in red, so that’s ten new songs unknown to us, and seven classics in radical form. I’m guessing that “Do You Love Me” is The Contours hit song. “I Wanna Be Your Man” was the Beatles cover that was the B-side of the debut Rezillos 7″ from 1977, so that’s very technically, an eleventh new Revillos song. Prices? Very fair! Just like the live album with this time the [yellow] vinyl lacking just two of the songs. Preorder HERE.

My biggest question will be: do I get the LPs as well as the CDs? They’re not expensive, but my money is super tight. They may rise in cost on the aftermarket so buying fresh goods directly from the label looks like the safest bet. I have a reasonably expansive Revillos/Rezillos collection. I have bought vinyl I didn’t need just to make my collection of these fine musicians as vast as I could. And the kicker is that there simply isn’t that much of it out there to buy! A complete Revillos/Rezillos collection is a less than herculean task that I can get fully behind, in theory, anyway. But the CDs will be $30-ish after shipping. The LPs will add nearly $40 [plus much more shipping] to the notion. Hmm. I think I just answered my own question.

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2 Responses to Want List: Twin Helpings Of Revillos Goodness Arrive In A Fortnight!

  1. Hugh Hall says:

    It’s ALWAYS a great day when news of a new Rezillos/Revillos release breaks (x 2!).

    I am always happy for others who “get” them because they are one of the greatest of “lost’ bands. Not too widely known, apart possibly from the hit, but the quality of their recorded output is superb. I could enthuse about them all day but suffice to say I hope you’re championing of them brings others to their work because to “get” it is a true pleasure.

    You write great articles. Thank you.

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      Hugh Hall – Welcome to the comments! Yes, The Rezillos/Revillos are in the select group of bands who have never disappointed me with a release. They may not have as much music out there as I’d prefer, but it was all of high quality. And I cannot believe that I have actually seen them live! What a gift that was!

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