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Guana Batz on Saturday 12th November 2022
Psychobilly legends The Guana Batz are back on tour, but not as you’ve seen them since 1987. Their classic ‘Live Over London’ album was the soundtrack for many a psychobilly’s youth. A gate-fold sleeved way into the Klub Foot for those kids living out in the sticks and beyond that never set attended the still mourned home of psychobilly. It was even more special for those regulars of the Clarendon in Hammersmith, there on the two nights that the album was recorded, a vague memory immortalised in wax, well most people were young and on snakebite after all.
The cover for the 14 track album featured the classic line-up of Pip, Stu, Sam and Diddle, except for the recording itself Diddle had been incapacitated, ‘Run over by a Dinky toy’ quipped Pip as their regular sticks man, arm in plaster, guided replacement drummer Ginger on stage. Not that the scene veteran really needed it, he slotted right in. The resulting live album made number 5 in the UK indie charts where the Batz had been a regular feature.
The years have rolled on since those nights in the Klub Foot. Sadly, Diddle passed away in 2001 having already left the band, Sam quit in 1992 but the Pip and Stu kept gigging with various rhythm sections ever since. Something very special is happening this November, the ‘Live Over London’ line-up are getting together again for a one-off tour. Pip, Stuart, Sam and Ginger are hitting the road to recreate those heady days of psychobilly abandon. The tour takes them to, Gierle in Belgium Amsterdam, Hamburg, Bristol, Stoke and of course London. This is will be your last chance to see these guys together again. In November 2020 it’s 1987 again but for just a few nights only.
Text by Simon Nott
Music Genres: 80s, Alternative
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