The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band – Year Of The Rabbit

If you already know The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band, then you know exactly what this record sounds like, and you should get immediately to swinging away to it like the drunk cat you are.

If you don’t know the The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band, then you should probably do the same, but only after careful consideration. See, the thing about retro music is that time condenses ideas, and while if around in the 50s, TORFSB would probably have been a varied and cultured group (and probably censored), now they are exactly the kind of thing to be consigned to the one trick pony bin.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good damn trick. And if you’re regularly up till 7 in the morning smoking, drinking scotch and writing blasphemous poetry, then this is the soundtrack to your life. I’m a fan, I know I am. And the band can definitely play – each of the members has a serious grasp on his instrument. The rhythm section of Buzz Booker and Skippy Gannon on bass and kit is as tight as they come, and Red Wilkin’s baritone sax is close to succulent. And of course, the names are brilliant – Bunny Eros, anyone?

But I’m aware that it’s a pretty obvious dividing line. If you like skiffle and swing and nostalgia and trilbies, you’ll like this release. If you just can’t be bothered, you won’t. But for what it is, it’s a really truly fine piece of musicianship. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.