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(386) Here it is at long last is the world’s greatest living one man band’s second album featuring sixteen high geared winners! Catch him on tour at your local fracas palace!
Baby Don’t Go / It’s The Way You Are / Baby Don’t Like It / Lonely / Don’t Bug Me Baby / Come Back To Me / Sittin’ With You / In Love Again / Moon Is Hiding / Oh! Baby / You Know Why / Two-Timer / Tell My Mama / I Love Her Just The Same / Blue Days, Black Nights / It’ll Be You
(Norton 370) He's made scads of solid senders all over the globe, but here's the one man racket squad's first full length Norton platter and we think it's his best offering to date! THUNDER AND LIGHTNING features brand new Bloodshot Bill-penned rockers like Crazy 'Bout The Girl and The Hunt plus killer remakes of Tooter Botman's title thumper and Eddie Cochran's brooding Dark Lonely Street -- GET THIS ALBUM! LP only.
All The Time/Be Mine Tonight/Crazy Bout That Girl/My Brand Of Blues/Old Moon/Girl I Don't Know/Dark Lonely Street/Thunder And Lightning/Crazy Party/Puppy Dog Love/Hang In There/The Hunt/Hot Hot Mama/Stop!
BACK IN THE USA
(Norton 11-11-11) Norton artist Bloodshot Bill has been banned from entering the States for the past five years (we told him that running moonshine was not a very good idea and he just wouldn't listen), but now he's back to show you he could really shake 'em down! On 11-11-11, the calamity that is Bloodshot Bill returned to our country, both as a one man band and as a member of the Tandoori Knights! To show that there's no hard feelings between BB and the border officials, Norton Records pressed up 300 one sided red vinyl commemorative singles of Bloodshot Bill performing Chuck Berry's Back In The USA sold only at the Norton 25th Anniversary Show! We have very few remaining copies - unavailable in stores!
BLOODSHOT BILL - HIGH AND DRY / ROCKIN' ENOCKY - MOTHER'S LITTLE HELPER
(45-9658) Battle of the one man bands as they wail on two Stones classics! Canada vs. Japan! Donuts vs. sushi! Hockey vs. sumo wrestling! You be the judge, papa san, eh?
Check out his other aliases!
BLOODSHOT BILL IS…
A TANDOORI KNIGHT
THE TANDOORI KNIGHTS - CURRY UP
(Norton 363) A dozen curried treats from the remarkable King Khan and Bloodshot Bill featuring the hit single Pretty Please as well as soon-to-be Tandoori taste treats Into Her Arms and Bandstand and mo' Hindu hi-jinx!
Pretty Please / Bucketful / Roam The Land / Tandoori Party / Books And Ribs / Bandstand / Big Belly Giant / Into Her Arms / Dress On / Lovers Moon / Brown Trash / Beauty And The Feast
THE TANDOORI KNIGHTS - PRETTY PLEASE / BUCKETFUL
(45-154) Unbelievable Hindu A Boo Boo rock n'roll from King Khan and Bloodshot Bill! Hotter than a bucket of chicken vindaloo!
THE TANDOORI KNIGHTS - I HEAR SOMEONE CRY
(45-172) King Khan and Bloodshot Bill return with more Eastern musical delicacies!
THE TANDOORI KNIGHTS - GOMPER / WRECKED ANGLES - 2120 S. MICHIGAN AVE.
(45-9660) The world's spiciest duo, King Khan and Bloodshot Bill offer a currified romper of Gomper (clocking in at 5:09 - the exact time of the Stones version!) on this New Dehli platter! All they ask in return is that you please remove your shoes. Turn it over and dig Scotland's least likely hit makers as they blaze through everyone's favorite Nanker Phelge floor packer!
THE DING DONGS - DING DONG PARTY
(Norton 357) Introducing the modern day Rat Fink and Boo Boo (yes, they are THAT great!), Montreal mega-monster talents BBQ and Bloodshot Bill, each the greatest young vocalists to erupt from the the City of Smoked Meats! Snap the shackles of your mind with this unparalled debut album!
Ding Dong Party / Don't Ring, Come On In / Until I Die / Come On Lil Dolly / She's A Tiger / Woman Cops / Knock Me Down / You Better Hide / Military Mama / Worried Man / What's That Sound?! / Crazy Dreams / Last Laugh
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The BOLLYWOOD ARGYLES - ALI OOP / VINDA LU
(1403) Norton’s Popular Demand Series continues with those Hindu ho-dads, the Bollywood Argyles delivering unique curry flavored takes on Hollywood Argyles and Ray Sharpe hits! Most tasty!
READ WHAT THEY’RE SAYIN’ ABOUT BLOODSHOT BILL:
From the bongo beatin’ of Pam Haasen:
Bloodshot Bill has the speed and old country rhythm of a steam locomotive, with the voice of a smoking straw boss crying for that old moon on a dark and lonely street. His vocals echo in between the legs of every woman who hears him while their soda jerks hold on tighter to keep them from slinging bras and roses. Elvis by way of death-growl peppered with bee-boppa-boppa is the music you can’t sit down and listen to. Take your bongo beatin’ baby to a sock hop, or just to park. Rinse. Repeat.
The music of Montreal native Bloodshot Bill has been called a lot of things.
A scouring of the impressive collection of press clippings he has posted to his website turn up references to a “one-man hellraiser” who exudes a style that is altogether “trashy,” “raw,” “rough-edged,” “greasy,” “bare-boned,” “unruly” and “in a class all his own.” Much of this publicity, culled from publications throughout North America and Europe, make a point of advising that there’s really nothing like seeing him do his thing live, though. That’s where Bill – often clad in silk pajamas, these days – sits down with a hollow-body guitar, and with one bare foot working a set of hi-hats while the other thumps along on a bass drum pedal, transforms into a howling blues-, rockabilly- and honky-tonk-flecked maelstrom of pomade, sweat and wild-eyed determination.
“I think folks who have never heard me will kinda know what they’re in for, with a name like [Bloodshot Bill],” he says of the inspiration for his inflamed moniker. “Plus, I used to get really messed up all the time.”
And what a glorious mess it is. Take the sounds of Eddie Cochran, Charlie Feathers, Elvis Presley, Hasil Adkins and Carl Perkins, run ’em through a hillbilly moonshine still in the basement of a ’70s punk band’s rehearsal dungeon, and you’re roaming down the appropriately dirty, musical back alleys that Bloodshot Bill calls home. The man himself doesn’t spend a lot of time tracing his influences or trying to describe the sleazy commotion he conjures, however. Despite a vibe that authentically recalls artists of the 1950s and ’60s (heck, he even had a signature Bloodshot Bill pomade called Nice ’n’ Greasy by American Greaser Supply available for a time), he has little insight into his own craving for it.
“I guess it’s the attitude of it all,” he offers. “I can’t explain it. It either does something to you or it doesn’t. I’m not trying to recreate anything, just trying to make my own thing outta the stuff I dig. … At its best, it’s all simple music with lotsa feeling.”
Since the release of his first album, 2001’s out-of-print Boogie All Nite!!!, Bloodshot Bill has frequently pulled out deep cuts such as Jimmie Rodgers’ “Mule Skinner Blues” and Johnny Cash’s “Home of the Blues” during his live performances — a sure sign that he has a sweet stash of old records. On that count, he fails to disappoint, listing off a 45 single of fellow one-man band Joe Hill Louis’ “Gotta Let You Go,” blues harmonica master Slim Harpo’s Rainin’ in my Heart and a 45 of Jerry “Boogie” McCain’s “Geronimo Rock ’n’ Roll” as his favourite blues albums in his collection.
“I really dig ’em all, every song I do, otherwise I wouldn’t be playing them,” he says. “Nothing really pops out at me as being more special than another.”
That said, he admits that his earliest memory of hearing the blues was one likely echoed by many fans of the genre: the first time he heard Howlin’ Wolf. “You stop and you listen, and then groove to it,” he notes. So what has the blues brought to the sound of Bloodshot Bill?
“Same thing it does to everyone but Eric Clapton,” he deadpans. “It rocks it up and gets tough!”
Bill’s latest album, Thunder & Lightning, is now available from Norton Records, and if you needed further proof that you can’t keep a good man down, check out this ridiculously full slate of releases he has scheduled for 2012: another LP for Norton in the U.S., a CD forthcoming from Transister 66 Records in Canada, 10” vinyl releases for Squoodge Records in Germany and Hog Maw Records in France, and an EP for Spain’s Ghost Highway Recordings. These, in addition to the several tour dates he has booked in Eastern Canada throughout the year, not to mention stops in France and Iceland this summer.
Having staged shows in some peculiar venues in the past (such as bowling alleys and barber shops), what’s the strangest venue he’s ever played?
“So many silly spots,” Bill reminisces. “I played in a giant fridge once.”
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