Various Artists, Kicksville!, Vol. 2

Dan Epstein

By Dan Epstein

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A rockabilly comp worth its weight in Brylcreem.

Billy Miller and Miriam Linna, the owners of Norton Records, were preaching the virtues of rockabilly in the Kicks zine years before the Stray Cats took the music back into the Top 40, so you know that any rockabilly comp the label puts out has to be worth its weight in Brylcreem. Their multi-volume Kicksville series rounds up all manner of big-beat obscurities, but Vol. 2 is my favorite, thanks to such delinquency-causing ravers as “Movin'In” by Morty Shann & the Morticians, “Half Ton Mama” by Joe, Ron & George, and the Jaguars'”Railroad Drag,” not to mention sleaze-caked instros like Unknown Wombat's “Bongo Guitar” and the Dynatones'”Fender Rock.”