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Showaddywaddy

One of the finest rock & roll revival bands of the 1970s, Showaddywaddy also proved to be one of the most successful and enduring. Originally styled as a British answer to American retro-masters Sha Na Na, Showaddywaddy found themselves scooped up into the glam rock basket; indeed, at a time when rival giants Mud, Wizzard, and the Rubettes were also mining the '50s for inspiration, Showaddywaddy swept ahead with barely a glance over their shoulder. The group's run of greatest hits sounds devastatingly pure, even authentic, while further evidence of their resilience can be garnered from the fact that Showaddywaddy are regularly gigging, a full 50 years after the bandmembers first heard the music which brought them such fame.

Showaddywaddy formed in 1973 in Leicester, England, from the union of two local groups, the Choice and the Hammers. Both were regulars at the Fosse Way pub, frequently appearing on the same bill and often ending those evenings with a full-on jam session. Such impromptu gatherings were immediately successful -- indeed, while both bands continued to gig in their own right, it swiftly became apparent that the real magic was made when they came together as one mighty octet. Plus, at a time when Gary Glitter was making a virtue of having two drummers in his band, this new aggregation could also boast two bassists (Al James and Rod Dees), two guitarists (Russ Field and Trevor Oakes), and two singers (Dave Bartram and Buddy Gask). Drummers Malcolm Allured and former Black Widow percussionist Romeo Challenger completed the lineup; a full '50s-style wardrobe completed the experience.

Dubbed Showaddywaddy, the group entered and won television's New Faces talent show in 1974. They were rewarded with a support slot on David Cassidy's latest British tour and a recording contract with his then-label Bell. Paired with producer Mike Hurst, Showaddywaddy scored their first hits that same year, with the decidedly Gary Glitter-esque "Hey Rock'n'Roll" and "Rock'n'Roll Lady." They were swift to claim their own identity, however. The 1974 Christmas hit "Hey Mr. Christmas" and the new year's "Sweet Music" then gave way to a succession of remarkably individual '50s covers -- Eddie Cochran's "Three Steps to Heaven," Buddy Holly's "Heartbeat," Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang" interspersed with Showaddywaddy's own note and stylistically perfect originals.

Their foolproof instincts were proven when they recorded "Under the Moon of Love," a song originally recorded by Mud, but passed over as a single. It gave Showaddywaddy their first British number one hit in December 1976, at a time when virtually every other band in the glam pack was feeling fortunate if they scraped the Top 40. Indeed, Showaddywaddy wouldn't simply outlive their original peers. They continued racking up further hits into the early '80s, even presiding over (and outliving) a whole new generation of rock & roll revival acts (Darts and Rocky Sharpe & the Razors both jousted for Showaddywaddy's crown during the late '70s). The band's final hit, a version of "Who Put the Bomp," reached number 32 in August, 1982.

Showaddywaddy never gave up. Turning their attention to the cabaret and nostalgia circuits, the group continued gigging heavily, with the 2001 lineup including five members of the original octet. Of the remainder, Allured and Gask (plus a later bandmember, Ray Martinez) perform as the Teddys. The Sun Album appeared in 2008. ~ Dave Thompson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Complete Studio Recordings 1973-1988

Disc 1

1. Hey Rock And Roll

2. Bony Moronie

3. Johnny Remember Me

4. Temptation

5. Rock'n'roll Lady

6. King Of The Jive

7. The Party

8. Cut1e

9. Rollercoaster

10. Don't Turn Your Back On Me Baby

11. Windows

12. Glory Woman

13. Three Steps To Heaven

14. If You Know What I Mean

15. Sing On Louise

16. Big Big Star

17. Chain Gang

18. Blue Jean Baby

19. Three Stars / Rave On

20. The Latest Craze

21. Smiling Eyes

22. Rocker Boots

23. Sweet Music

24. Everybody On Your Feet

25. Trocadero

26. Lookin' Back

27. Paint Your Picture

28. Say Mama

29. Go Johnny Go

30. Heavenly

31. Rock And Roll Music

32. Record Machine

33. Take Me In Your Arms

34. Heartbeat

35. Sweet And Innocent You

36. The Young Indian Brave

37. Dancin' Party

38. '68 Teenage Queen

39. You Got What It Takes

40. Lucy Jane (Pt. 2)

41. In Above Your Head

42. Sweet Georgia

43. Somethin' Else

44. (You've Got) Personality

45. Feelin'

Disc 2

1. Listen To Me

2. When

3. Maybe Maybe Maybe

4. Swansong

5. Sweet Little Rock 'N' Roller

6. Sea Cruise

7. Just A Country Boy

8. Lost

9. That's Rock And Roll

10. Twist And Shout

11. A Night At Daddy Gees

12. Come On Let's Go

13. That's Alright With Me

14. I Appreciate The Job

15. Win Your Heart

16. Remember Then

17. Why Do Lovers Break Each Other's Hearts?

18. Only Love

19. Blue Moon

20. I'll Never Get Over You

21. Wonderful Dream

22. Doo Wah Diddy

23. I Wanna Take You Home

24. Cool Cool Cat

25. Then Came You

26. Teen Canteen

27. It's Only Make Believe

28. Always And Ever

29. Multiplication

30. Pretty Little One

31. Ally-Oop

32. Footsteps

33. Gypsy Rose-Lee

34. Good Timing

35. Party Time

36. Shake

37. C'mon Everybody

38. You Always Stand Me Up

39. Weekend

40. I Don't Like Rock 'N' Roll No More

41. Good Times

42. Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp-A-Bomp-A-Bomp)

43. It's So Easy

44. I Don't Want To Dream Anymore

45. Foolin' Around With My Heart

Disc 3

1. Things

2. (You're My) Soul And Inspiration

3. Little Ole Wine Drinker Me

4. Goody Goody

5. Don't Bring Me Down

6. Sorry (I Ran All The Way)

7. Mona Lisa

8. Run For Your Life

9. Hey Little Girl

10. You Will Lose Your Love Tomorrow

11. I'm A Traveller

12. Hey Mr. Christmas

13. Rock 'N' Roll Man

14. Lucy Jane

15. Teenage Love Affair

16. Under The Moon Of Love

17. Superstar

18. Showboat

19. One Of These Days

20. I Wonder Why

21. Ever Lovin'

22. A Little Bit Of Soap

23. Pretty Little Angel Eyes

24. I'm Yours

25. Love For A Star

26. Five Minutes More

27. Always And Ever (English / German Version)

28. Cool Cool Cat

29. I Think I'm Really Going Out Of My Mind

30. You Are Love

31. I Wish That I Could Undo All The Bad That I Have Done

32. Tribute

33. Do It Again

34. I Want You To Be My Girl

35. Why?

36. Out On The Town

37. Heartbeat (Alternative 1975 Mix)

38. When (Instrumental 1977)

39. I Wonder Why (Alternative 1978 Mix)

40. Pretty Little Angel Eyes (Instrumental 1978)

41. Mona Lisa (1981 Utopia Dave Bartram Vocals)

42. Pretty Little One (1981 Utopia Alternative Version)

43. Under The Moon Of Love (1986 Remix)

44. Under The Moon Of Love (Try Your Hand Version 1986)

45. Holding Onto You (Dave Bartram 1987 Demo)

46. A Woman's Touch (Dave Bartram 1987 Demo)

47. Nobody Is (Master Rock Alternative Version 1988)

48. Old Habits Die Hard (Master Rock 1988)

49. Teach You How To Rock & Roll

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Track List: The Sun Album

1. Lift Off

2. Flyin' Saucer Rock And Roll

4. Lovin' Up A Storm

5. Tweedle Dee

6. Uh Huh Oh Yeah

7. Claudette

8. Bobaloo

9. Put Me Down

10. Who Will The Next Fool Be

11. My Bucket's Got A Hole In It

12. Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go

13. Nothin' Shakin'

14. Uranium Rock

15. Apron Strings

17. Drinkin' Scotch

18. Find My Baby For Me

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Track List: Showaddywaddy

1. Hey Rock And Roll

3. Johnny Remember Me

4. Temptation

6. King Of The Jive

7. The Party

8. Cutie

9. Rollercoaster

10. Don't Turn Your Back On Me Baby

11. Windows

12. Glory Woman

13. You Will Lose Your Love Tomorrow

14. I'm A Traveller

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Track List: Living Legends

1. Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp-A-Bomp-A-Bomp)

2. It's So Easy

3. I Don't Want To Dream Anymore

4. Foolin' Around With My Heart

5. Things

6. (You're My) Soul And Inspiration

7. Little Ole Wine Drinker Me

8. Goody Goody

9. Don't Bring Me Down

10. Sorry (I Ran All The Way)

11. Mona Lisa

12. Run For Your Life

13. Hey Little Girl

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Track List: Good Times

1. Multiplication

2. Pretty Little One

3. Ally-Oop

4. Footsteps

5. Gypsy Rose-Lee

6. Good Timing

7. Party Time

8. Shake

9. C'mon Everybody

10. You Always Stand Me Up

11. Weekend

12. I Don't Like Rock 'N' Roll No More

13. Good Times

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Track List: Trocadero

1. Trocadero

2. Lookin' Back

3. Paint Your Picture

4. Say Mama

5. Go Johnny Go

6. Heavenly

7. Rock And Roll Music

8. Record Machine

9. Take Me In Your Arms

10. Heartbeat

11. Sweet And Innocent You

12. The Young Indian Brave

13. Lucy Jane

14. Teenage Love Affair

15. Under The Moon Of Love

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Track List: Step Two

1. Three Steps To Heaven

2. If You Know What I Mean

3. Sing On Louise

4. Big Big Star

5. Chain Gang

6. Blue Jean Baby

9. Smiling Eyes

10. Rocker Boots

11. Sweet Music

12. Everybody On Your Feet

13. Hey Mr. Christmas

14. Rock 'N' Roll Man

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Awesome memories, my first ever concert was Showaddywadd y in Aberdeen, 1978 or 79.

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