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The 18.104.22.168’s, The A-Bones, Guitar Lightnin’ Lee and His Thunder Band
Oct 27, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm| $12
The 22.214.171.124’s became known in the West after their appearance in Kill Bill Vol. 1, in which they performed “I Walk Like Jayne Mansfield”, “I’m Blue” (a cover of The Ikettes’ song) and “Woo Hoo” in a Tokyo club, “The House Of Blue Leaves”. On the Special Bonus Features of the Kill Bill Volume 1 DVD, one of the specials featured a live performance which shows the 126.96.36.199’s singing “I Walk Like Jayne Mansfield” and “I’m Blue” during filming of the movie. The 188.8.131.52’s song “The Barracuda” is featured in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift soundtrack.
According to Kill Bill’s director Quentin Tarantino, he discovered the music of the 184.108.40.206’s after hearing it in an urban clothing store in Tokyo, hours before going to the airport. Tarantino asked if he could purchase the CD from the store, as he had no time to go to a music shop. When the store clerk on duty said no, the manager was called. When Tarantino offered the manager double the retail price of the CD he acquired it.
They also became renowned for the use of their cover of The Rock-A-Teens song, “Woo Hoo”, in advertisements for Carling lager and Vonage VoIP service in 2004. The song reached No. 28 on the UK Singles Chart in 2004. The follow-up song was “I’m Blue”, but it peaked at No. 71 on the same chart two months later.
The 220.127.116.11’s have also toured in numerous countries including China, Australia, the United States, and their native Japan.
This wild band is a must-see for all fans of rock’n’roll, garage rock, surf and rockabilly. Basically, anyone who wants to have FUN!
The A-Bones is a garage rock band from Brooklyn, New York. Their name was derived from a song by The Trashmen. The band was formed in 1984 by vocalist Billy Miller and his wife, drummer and co-vocalist Miriam Linna in the wake of a prior band collaboration The Zantees. The couple were at the time editors of the rock and roll culture fanzine Kicks and on the threshold of launching Norton Records. Guitarist Bruce Bennett replaced original guitarist Mike Mariconda shortly after the band was formed. Marcus “The Carcass” Natale replaced founding bass player Mike Lewis (a one time member of both the Lyres (band) and Yo La Tengo), prior to recording the A-Bones second E.P. Free Beer For Life in 1988. Tenor sax player Lars Espensen further filled out the group from 1990 until 2010.
The New York Times described the band solely in terms of its label, calling the group “dedicated rock revivalists,” and noting “The A-Bones include Miriam Linna and Billy Miller, proprietors of Norton Records, which worships rockabilly, 1960s garage and anything having to do with that most cartoonish rock archetype: the juvenile delinquent in a leather jacket.” In its overview of the band the Trouser Press’ online music guide praised the A-Bones’ “new levels of sloppy enthusiasm” and stated that the band’s “joyously cruddy sound is built on Linna’s simple but effective pounding, Miller’s manly grunt, and Bruce Bennett’s unexpectedly inventive guitar work.” The Village Voice declared that a 2009 A-Bones recording “may be the missing link between Andre Williams and Jay Reatard, if Jay had any groove in his grit.” According to a series of postings on the WFMU Ichiban blog and WFMU’s own Beware of The Blog blogsite, the band’s choice of cover material has ranged from songs by no-hit obscurities like Mike Waggoner and the Bops, to covers of The Troggs, Larry Williams, The Velvet Underground, The Rolling Stones, the MC-5 and many others.
GUITAR LIGHTNIN’ LEE AND HIS THUNDER BAND
Guitar Lightnin’ Lee, a multi-talented rhythm and blues purist, has defied all rational logic by assembling his band with a bunch of veteran rock and rollers half his age. His talent, lyrics, powerful voice, and boisterous personality match perfectly with the energetic drive of his backing band. Thus creating a supercharged blown out style of New Orleans rock and roll and blues. The youthful exuberance from all members, especially Lightnin’, keeps the music exciting and gives it the vibrance it had in its heyday.
Born in the 6th ward in New Orleans, and raised in the historic lower 9th over 60 years ago, Lightnin’ had music all around him. After learning from New Orleans blues great Boogie Bill Webb, Lightnin’ went to Chicago to find his inspiration Jimmy Reed. When Jimmy Reed wasn’t throwing Lightnin’ out of his house and telling him to go back to Ne Orleans he was showing Lightnin’ his style of Delta Blues via electrified Chicago. After moving back to New Orleans he played with and around such greats as Fats Domino, Earl King, Ernie K-Doe, Little Freddie King, and scores of other brilliant New Orleans musicians. Lightnin’s ears were wide open to the sound around him and he sucked it up like a sponge. For years he listened, learned, and honed his playing and song writing skills in the best of company.
In 1997 Lightnin’ found a young drummer, Paul Artigues. They played together for years working on their sound. With the addition of guitar slide man Ted Mathews and Marvin Hirsch they formed the Thunder Band. Guitar Lightnin’ Lee and his Thunder Band have releases on die Slaughterhaus Records and Rhinestone Records as well as a self released cd. They are regulars on the Ponderosa Stomp and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Lightnin’ loves playing live and meeting new fans.