It’s been a thrill putting this thing together. OK it’s the lost tapes of a time before Fritch, when psycho-sleaze scuzzed up the airwaves, but finding, unearthing, re-mixing and plugging, getting back to once-new kinda kicks… Let us know what you dig when you listen.
“As fantastic a slice of twisted psychobilly with the faintest odour of decaying Manson you’ll find anywhere in the world today”
– Uber Rock.
“Well above the ordinary punk, rockabilly or psychobilly”
– Planet Mosh
To paraphrase HG Wells at his best:
“No one would have believed in that heady second decade of the 21st century, that this world was being listened to keenly and closely by intelligences focused on the FM and digital radio waves of The Stooges, Johnny Thunders, The Cramps; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns, their tastes for red lights and back streets, rock and roll, garage and glam, were being scrutinised and studied so closely…”
Those students were Dick Venom & The Terrortones. And what they devoured, they pumped out in pervomatic, bombastic, ecclesiastic, genre bending punk’n’roll that slummed schlock-horror and psychobilly together.
Kerrang, Clack Blabbeth, NME, RingMaster Reviews, Ginger Coyote’s Punk Globe Magazine, Viva Le Rock, they all sung their praises with others. With gluttonous, gratuitous, cooler than thou sleaze, these lost tapes and live shows show the best of them.
Recorded by Jim Watts of The Fall, to a hostile and heroin fuelled audience, mixed by Will Wilkinson of Fritch, and mastered by Andy Wright (Rag’N’Bone Man, The Fall), these raw sounds are the stains of the myth that prevail.
Dick Venom, Wrex St. Clair, Steevie Vee, Dusty Vegas, they might be packing your store goods, working at Walmart, they might be your marriage guidance councillors. Or maybe, they went back someplace other.
“An utterly rapturous punk rock orgy of psychobilly madness.”
– Antipop Records
“Dick Venom & the Terrortones is THE essential British rock ‘n’ roll band”
– Ring Master Reviews
And as a record for the records… the album ‘SnakeOil for Snakes’ is still available on vinyl in rapidly diminishing numbers, complete with 12 interchangeable inserts.
It’s as wipeclean and shiny as latex, in its own PVC slip for protection.