Posts Tagged ‘Freddy Lynxx’

FLBW1) Freddy, you have a new album recorded and about to be released. Can you tell us a little about it ? The title is ‘BLOODIED UP’ and it has been recorded in NY City at the famous Tin Pan Alley studios by Patrick Klein with lots of my great rock ‘n’ roll friends such as Kevin K, Mr Ratboy, the Senders and Elda Gentile to name but a few. 2) The songs sound consistently strong, and the album itself sounds very complete. Personally, I think it’s your strongest album by far. Would you agree ? I don’t know, as I still have 2 other albums recorded in the same vain, so that’s really impossible for me to say. 3) The concept of using some classic lines from the spaghetti western films as song intros really adds to the authentic, gutsy feel of the album. Can we expect Dirty Harry on the next album ? I guess so, plus Mr Smith & Wesson ! 4) Will you be touring soon to support the album’s release ? There’s a tour that should start next year. Maybe March or April but the booking agency has suggested we’ll have to wait ’til the press review the album. 5) What’s 2000 hold in store for Freddy Lynxx at this stage ? Nothing at all! But it should be fine for rock ‘n’ roll as in China it will be the year of the Dragon. 6) Favourite Australian band ? Early AC/DC with Bon Scott (RIP), the Saints, Radio Birdman, Hoss. 7) Shakin Street or Telephone ? None of them. For me it was a band called Extraballe. The best French lyrics, music and male singer. 8) A message for all Cat Scratch Fever readers and Freddy Lynxx fans out  there? Support Vicious Kitten and get the Cat Scratch Fever for 9 lives!

(Archive Source: Cat Scratch Fever/Vicious Kitten Records Newsletter Issue 3: Dec 1999)

Christmas has arrived early! October 2014 and a new Kevin K album. That’s cause for celebration folks, for the man with the best voice in rock ‘n’ roll has yet again delivered the goods with his new album, ‘Hurt You’. I’ve always loved Kevin’s acoustic tunes. He has an earnest voice suited to the stripped back style, with an infectious appeal that’s hard not to like. Kevin K released a bunch of acoustic tunes back in 2001 with the excellent ‘From The Delta To The Bowery’ CD, and ‘Hurt You’ takes more from the top shelf. As a concept, ‘Hurt You’ is in many ways a tip of the hat to Johnny Thunders’ 1983 solo album ‘Hurt Me’, both in look (cover art) and sound (stripped back acoustic), with many of Kevin’s best known rockers given the acoustic treatment. The album opens up with the pondering ‘Intrusive’, awash with reflection and a catchy chorus, before a pared back version of ‘Joey and Me’ follows. Kevin’s heartfelt tribute to his pet of 15 years, this song continues to move me, and anyone who has ever lost a lifelong pet or someone close will relate. I was listening to this tune a lot in May this year when I had to put our dog of 14 years to sleep. A powerful and evocative song.  Up next is a peeled back version of the now classic tribute tune to Jennifer Love Hewitt,  ‘Jennifer Love’, with the acoustic guitars right up front. Catchy, sing-along classic. Kevin K is a guy who has always worn his heart (and influences) on his sleeve, with nods to Thunders, the Ramones and Stiv Bators evident here. If there’s been a better tribute to the Ramones than KK’s ‘Joey and Dee Dee’, I am yet to hear it.  No Ramones indeed. The take of Thunders’ ‘It’s Not Enough’ is as expected, spot on, whilst his cover of the Lords ‘Russian Roulette’ also hits the bullseye.  There’s an extremely likable renewed version of the Road Vultures ‘Call’ that sounds great to my ears, melodic sensibilities in overdrive. Hot summer days, ice cold beer and the two Road Vultures albums blasting from my speakers. A practice I subscribe to often, and so should you. A pleasant surprise to hear long time KK bass man Ritchie Buzz sing lead vocals on a couple of tunes, with ‘Waitin For You’ a particular highlight. With right hand man Ricky Rat sounding as rock solid as ever on guitar, ‘Hurt You’ is the one album you need in 2014. The CD comes with a remastered bonus – Kevin’s ‘Story Of My Life’ CD , which was originally released back in 2002 on Freddy Lynxx’s Sucksex label. This album still sounds as vital and relevant as it did back then, and kicks major ass. Effectively, you are getting two Kevin K albums for the price of one. Kevin K has a back catalogue of musical riches that is an Aladdin’s cave – so if you ain’t done so already, go forth and discover the enriching music of Kevin K, the one and only rock ‘n’ roller who consistently delivers. Kevin has a DVD out that is a visual bio of his life in rock ‘n’ roll, and a book about his life too called ‘How To Become A Successful Loser‘.  ‘Hurt You’ is another in a long line of great Kevin K albums, and is out now on Realkat Records. Get it today! 10 out of 10.

In 1996, Nikki Sudden, Jeff Dahl and Freddy Lynxx did a series of dates together throughout Europe. As the boys were unplugged, the tour was billed ‘The Lost Acoustic Tour’ – that’s right – all acoustic. Jeff, Nikki and Freddy were amazing when the amps were cranked up, but acoustically, they were also exceptional too.  Go check out any of their albums in their extensive back catalogues and you’ll see what I mean. Dahl released a few acoustic albums and they are great great great. Here’s a poster from that very tour which I pulled out the other day and though I’d share. Rest In peace Nikki – never forgotten.

Rock n Roll War promo poster, Volume 1 and Volume 2

It’s hard to believe that 10 years have gone since the release of the Rock n Roll War compilation CD’s. Prior to Rockbrat, back then, Cowboy Col was operating Vicious Kitten Records, an independent record label whose mission was to fight the war against the jive. I had the idea of releasing a compilation album and did a short list of bands I wanted and things just took off from there. Vicious Kitten Records, and the Vicious Kitten Zine before that, developed a good reputation, and most bands were happy to be involved. The idea was to make it a solid balls-to-the-wall comp, and it achieved that. I wanted to show case some of the best Australian bands to an international market – and similarly get some of those international bands some exposure in Australia.   The first volume of ‘Rock n Roll War’ had such quality bands on it as the Dictators, Sylvain Sylvain from the New York  Dolls, the Hitmen DTK,  Deniz Tek and Chris Masuak of Radio Birdman, Jeff Dahl, Pete Wells of Rose Tattoo, Nikki Sudden, The Trash Brats, Asteroid B-612, Brother Brick etc.  This first volume of Rock n Roll War sold well, and following its success I decided to branch out into the USA and try and develop greater inroads there. Vicious Kitten USA was born and was co ordinated by Rick Blaze out of Boston. The second volume of Rock ‘n’ Roll War was the only release on Vicious Kitten USA and it came out in October, 2001. A CD release party was held for this album in Boston, and artists who appeared included Mike Thimren (who used to play with Johnny Thunders for five years, on and off, between 83-88) the Ballbusters and Kevin K.  Rock n roll War volume 2 was dedicated to Johnny Heff of The Bullys, a New York City firefighter who lost his life on September 11. There is a great Bully’s track on the comp called ‘New York City Man’. Johnny Thunders and the Ballbusters also do a live version of ‘In Cold Blood’. There are songs by Nikki Sudden, Dave Kusworth from the Jacobites, Walter Lure, the Streetwalkin Cheetahs, Kevin K, Freddy Lynxx, The Golden Arms, Dave Cuneo and Jeff Crane from the Ballbusters, Mike Thimren, the Detox Darlings. Cheetah Chrome of The Dead Boys was gracious enough to provide a tune called ‘The Morning’s Gonna Come, which he recorded specifically for Rock n Roll War 2. Other artists on this 2nd volume included the Cartridge Family from NYC who featured Donna from the Cycle Sluts From Hell, two Italian bands, one called The Valentines and the other called Loose. It was a very strong and impressive line up. The intent was to do release a third compilation CD, but the funds were not there.  These were a lot of work to put together, but looking back, some killer bands were released on these two comps.  These compilations occasionally turn up on eBay. Go discover.

Jeff Dahl is one of my all time favourite rock ‘n’ rollers on the planet. From Powertrip and the Angry Samoans to his own prolific solo career, Dahl oozed punk rock integrity and cut some killer albums over a 30 + year period. Mr. Dahl was even gracious enough to let The Rockbrat and Cowboy Col crash at his place in Arizona when we were travelling through south west USA in 96. Jeff was rock n roll – pure and simple and always a great guy. In the early 90’s, the slogan was “Jeff Dahl makes Guns n Roses look like the Osmonds”. Believe it. Here is a backstage pass and set list from his 1996 ‘Looking For A Kiss” European tour, where he had Freddy Lynxx on lead guitar. Great days my friends. Great memories.

Rockbrat Chat: The Freddy Lynxx Interview

Posted: October 27, 2010 by rockbrat in Rockbrat Chat:
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Here is another re-print of an old interview we did some years back – this one with French rocker Freddy Lynxx. This interview was conducted with Freddy in 1998 and was originally published that year. Freddy has a rich back-catalogue of cool rock n roll waiting for you to discover. You should start by visiting him on MySpace. We love ya Freddy !

 Freddy Lynxx is a name familiar to Vicious Kitten readers. This gifted Paris singer/songwriter continues to create memorable rock n roll despite music industry indifference. Vicious Kitten long ago discovered the magic of his rock n roll – and this issue we speak to the man himself. Read on cats !! (interview conducted July, 1998)

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Rockbrat: Freddy, you just got back from a European tour as guitarist with Jeff Dahl’s touring band. How was the tour ?
Freddy Lynxx: It was fucking brilliant ! The owners of the clubs and the audiences were really into it. Many people said it was the best Jeff Dahl tour they had ever seen. It’s a shame that rock n roll is almost dead in some parts of Europe, but it’s still working pretty well in Spain and some parts of Germany and France. Slovenia was really good but they still have problems with the cops.

RB: Who were your influences when you were growing up ? The Faces ? Johnny Halliday ? 
FL: Not at all. I came to The Faces later on but the first record I bought was ‘Tommy’, the movie soundtrack by The Who. Then I discovered Bowie, Lou Reed, The Stooges, Mott The Hoople, Alice Cooper Band, Kiss etc.

RB: How did you get into rock n roll ?
FL: A friend of mine introduced me to a singer of a French band called The Fanatics. I became their official roadie. It was in 1982, and they introduced me to the Heartbreakers stuff. We went to London, ’cause at that time CBS Records asked them to record their second single there with producer Steve Parker, (who had produced the first Trust LP, and later went on to do ‘Dirty Work’ with the Stones). The Fanatics’ manager came back one day with The Heartbreakers ‘Live at Max’s’ LP, and the ‘You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory’ single. I was addicted to it and in love with the music like never before ! So the next day I went along to the same market and found the pinky 12″ version of the single for £2.50, even though they had paid one pound more for it. When the Fanatics split some of the guys went to play with Henri Paul (a notorious friend of Johnny Thunders), and I became the roadie of that band too. Then later on I started my first band and met Johnny, but this is another story. As an anecdote, one of the guitar players of The Fanatics was Le Baron, who also played with Syl Sylvain.

RB: You spent the mid 80’s with the Watchmen, before forming the Jet Boys – is that correct ? 
FL: Yes. It was in 1989, the same time as The Jet Boys. It was during the days when I used to live half of the time in Lille, and the other half in Paris. Lille was kind of dead but my girlfriend introduced me to El. Rotringo, a famous and notorious graphic artist. He still is. He used to sing and play bass with The Watchmen and they asked me to join them after a jam. I said ‘why not ?’ Then we had a lot of things goin’ on, and I decided that it was time to start a label of my own (Sucksex Records), ’cause nobody was really interested in signing bands who were singing in English. But the Jet Boys were a bit jealous, so I had to stop with The Watchmen.

RB: The Jet Boys one and only LP, 1989’s ‘Larger Than Life’ is classy Dolls/Stones inspired rock. The quality of songs has seen it become an underground classic. Can you single out a couple of highlights from those Jet Boys days ? 
FL: The best ones are those when we played with Johnny Thunders. All the time we were trying to play with good rock n roll bands like the Vibrators, the Inmates and the Dogs D’amour. It wasn’t easy to convince promoters, but after we did the first single and got many good reviews for it, it became a piece of cake. One of my best memories was for the review of that single in one of the best French magazines. It was the middle of August, 1989 and usually the magazine would come out on the 20th of each month. I remember going to the library to buy another issue of the mag with Lou Reed on the cover, ’cause somebody had lost the first copy I bought. It took me ten minutes to find out that they had just put out a new issue a day early. When I started to read the mag I immediately saw a fucking picture of our first single but couldn’t find any review of it! Then I saw a big blank space in the page, and I said to myself “as lucky as we are (to get the record in the mag), this space belongs to us !” Then the woman from the library asked me if something was wrong ’cause I was getting nervous. So I explained to her and finally, she found the review! I read it for three fucking days like a kid.

RB: There was a 1994 US tour as well. Why did the Jet Boys call it a day ?
FL: Just because of problems between the drummer and the bass player. I was tired being in a school yard, so after ten years I left the band and have no regrets.

RB: The last line up of the Jet Boys featured the rich vocals of chanteuse Gieselle, whom has been a feature of your recordings ever since. Frankly I think she has the sweetest voice in rock. Where did you find her ?
FL: She’s born in New York but is a native of Serbia. She knew a friend of our drummer at the time, who was also the drummer in Shakin’ Street, a famous French band. We were looking for a bass player and he introduced me to her. She was living in Paris and was trying to play and sing with a rock n roll band, which is hard to find over here.

RB: Sky Dog Records have just re-released the Jet Boys debut album (which has long been sold out), plus added bonus tracks. Will the old band be reforming to promote it ?
FL: I don’t think so. Firstly, because I don’t know where the others are, and secondly I’ve got so many things to do right now that it’s impossible.

RB: 1995 saw the release of your debut solo single ‘Zip Your Lip’. How did you get former Pistol Glen Matlock to produce the record ? 
FL: I met Glen while he was touring with the London Cowboys, and he also played with Patti Palladin. A few years later, Marc Zermati was looking for a producer to produce the second Jet Boys album. We asked Glen, who liked the band too. For some reason I can’t remember, we decided not to make an album for Mr. Zermati. So after a couple of phone calls to some Parisian studios I found out that it would be less expensive for us to book two flight tickets for Glen and Julian Standen (producer of London Cowboys, Siouxie and the Banshees etc). Plus the money they did ask for the work was better than using a shitty French engineer. And of course we were 100% sure to get a good result.

RB: You have recorded and toured with many of today’s coolest bands…Jeff Dahl, Nikki Sudden, Japan’s Golden Arms, the Kevin K Band from NYC and Boston’s Ballbusters to name some recent examples. It must be a real buzz playing with so many different artists ? 
FL: Yes it is ! I like them all ! I like their music even though there are some differences, but it’s still some fucking good rock n roll and they’re all really nice people ! In fact, I will say that the biggest thing we all have in common is the roots – Johnny Thunders, the Rolling Stones etc.

RB: You have also begun producing bands. The Senders from NY ?
FL: Yes, they’re really good ! They’re so real ! I can’t believe that nobody has been interested in them. Flip, the singer, is from Paris but he has lived in New York since 1974 I guess. He used to be a good friend of Johnny Thunders too. You should see how good Wild Bill, their guitar player is ! He often plays with Robert Gordon. I saw them live at The Continental in NYC four years ago and it was magic. So when I came back to America last year to record some new songs – with the help of Jeff Dahl, The Golden Arms, Zepp Oberpichler, The Ballbusters, Mr. RatBoy and Kevin K, I still had a bit of money left in my pocket. So I decided to book the Tin Pan Alley studios again to produce two songs for the Senders and two songs for the Kevin K Band. The Senders songs will appear on a Sucksex compilation CD to be released later on this year, and the Kevin K songs will be released as a single next September. I’ll go back to New York at the same time to record and produce more stuff with both of them.

RB: Readers may not know of your close association and friendship with Johnny Thunders back in the 80’s. I know you have many special memories of Johnny. Is there one you would like to share ?
FL: One of the good ones was when Johnny was always bringing me something, like presents. He was very surprised to see how big my Thunders record collection was, so sometimes he used to bring me rare stuff like test pressings. It was really cool coming from him ! Sometimes he used to be very sad. When I asked him why, he said that he was not allowed to see his kids anymore. It was terrible for him !

RB: Between touring, recording, writing and producing, you still find time to publish your Johnny Thunders mag a couple of times a year – it is a great publication which keeps Johnny’s memory and music alive. Johnny’s legacy continues to grow and grow…. 
FL: Yes, thanks that you like it. The thing is that now he is dead, I would like to see him alive and spend more time with him. When he died it was terrible for me. When I started to play rock n roll, it was because he stirred it up. To see him go was just like a part of me was going away too. So I could say that this mag is to keep his flame alive and think that he’s always there with us. For me it is more of a kind of therapy.

RB: What does the remainder of 1998 hold for Freddy Lynxx ?
FL: Many things. There’s a bunch of singles coming out, as is the next Nikki Sudden album. I have to find a record deal with someone ’cause I’ve got an acoustic album with Nikki Sudden, and two of my own in the pipeline. A Finnish label will probably put out a 7″ of Jyrki (69 Eyes) and I, under the name of The Dead Souls. Plus in September, Skydog Records are going to be re-releasing the Jet Boys album with six bonus tracks.

RB: What was the first concert you ever attended ?
FL: It was David Bowie in 1978 for the ‘Stage’ tour, I still have the ticket.

RB: Name your five ‘Desert Island Discs’ 
FL: Difficult question ’cause I wouldn’t want to offend someone with my answer ! But anyway, if there’s a chance for a plug, I will take:
1) ‘LAMF’ by the Heartbreakers (the lost 77 mixes version sounds cool to me)
2) ‘So Alone’ by Johnny Thunders
3) ‘Exile On Main Street’ by the Rolling Stones (or maybe ‘Some Girls’)
4) ‘Here Comes The Snake’ by Green On Red
5) ‘Ziggy Stardust’ by David Bowie (the CD with the bonus tracks makes me crazy !)

RB: A message for the Vicious Kitten readers/Freddy Lynxx fans out there…
FL: No message in the bottle, only one question. If for some reason le fucking President Hiro Chirac wants to drop a H Bomb on both Australia and France, (if he’s got something against wine !) who wants to come with me on that island with just those five albums to listen to ?!!!

Can’t get no satisfaction with the rock n roll radio ? Does it leave you feeling frustrated, as you frantically flick the dial in a vain search for something cool ? You’re thinking “Man, there has to be something out there better than this !” as you begin to slide into a state of rock n roll withdrawal. Well there is an  antidote. A remedy which I know you will dig – Freddy Lynxx flavoured rock n roll in large, loud doses!! Freddy graduated from the same rock n roll school as his hero Johnny Thunders, and consequently possesses the same authentic qualities. Rock n roll without the trimmings, just bump and grind trashy tuneage, smooth vocals, superb melodies and a truck load of Keef swagger. Parisian Freddy has been treading the boards since the early 80’s, and spent the latter part of that decade with The Watchmen, who cut one very riffy metal single in 1989’s ‘Play With Evil / I Got A Line On You’. Yet it was with the Jet Boys that Freddy really came to prominence, and who for the next five years cut some damn fine, yet largely overlooked music. The Jet Boys played guitar driven, Stones inspired rock n roll. Throw in some Dolls and a touch of Hanoi Rocks and you should get the picture of just how good the Jet Boys were. The Jet Boys toured throughout Europe to rave reviews, and also had a run of successful shows in late 1994 through the East Coast of America. The band released two singles in ‘Just Wanna Talk To You’  and ‘Call Me Sister Midnight’. Both being raw, Dolls-like tunes full of rolling melodic hooks and highlighted by Lynxx’s impassioned vocals. The Jet Boys released their one and only long player  ‘Larger Than Life’ in 1991, and this is quite simply one of most underrated records around. This album should have been a worldwide smash and established the Jet Boys as a household name, instead of Guns n Roses. It gained distribution not only in France, but also Spain, America and Japan. ‘Larger Than Life’ was the album the New York Dolls never made, which is recommendation enough for you to try and hunt down a copy ! The most imminent factor about the album though, was the sheer strength and quality of Lynxx’s song writing. His writing has developed to the point now where everything he releases is gold. This became evident with the classic trashin’ punk single from 1995 ‘Zip Your Lip’ (see review in VK4), and the ‘Sooner Or Later’ split single from the same year. 1996 saw the release of Lynxx’s debut solo album, an acoustic effort titled ‘No Pleasure Thrills’ and in one word it is quite simply – superb. Lynxx again demonstrates his melodic sensibilities and combined with some blissful acoustic guitar and his sweet ethereal voce, make this album an absolute modern day masterpiece ! Highlights are many. Lynxx and Johnny Thunders unite to deliver an impassioned  take of ‘As Tears Go By’, whilst  ‘No Thrills, No Pleasure’ is a sheer acoustic delight. The dear departed Nicky Hopkins lends piano support on Dylan’s ‘Lay Lady Lay’ with vocals supplied by Johan Asheton. Jacobites main man Nikki Sudden shares vocals with Lynxx on a brilliant run through the Tammy Wynette tear jerker ‘Apartment # 9’, yet my favourite track has to be ‘I Love You’. This old Heartbreakers number is given the acoustic treatment, with Freddy’s sweet and clean vocals sending chills down my spine. Freddy Lynxx toured Europe as a member of Jeff Dahl’s band during Dahl’s 96 tour, and also did a run of shows through Europe on an acoustic tour, sharing the spotlight with Nikki  Sudden and Jeff Dahl which by all reports went down a smash. Lynxx has been busy lately and has a new solo album out soon, with the guitars definitely plugged in and amped up. He has also recorded an album’s worth of new acoustic tunes with Nikki Sudden which hopefully should see the light of day soon as well. One of these numbers – ‘Have Faith’ (an unreleased Thunders composition) is so good, that when Freddy played it for me, it made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. It knocked me out so much I made him play it for me over and over again !! There is a lot to like about Freddy Lynnx and I urge you to check him out, because if music has the capacity to make you feel good, then Freddy Lynxx will no doubt leave you in a state of contented bliss – intoxicated on rock n roll !!!!

Note: Article originally appeared in Vicious Kitten Fanzine – 1998