Monday, June 12, 2006

Ex-Stray Cat Says Motorhead’s Lemmy A Softy For Rockabilly Roots

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Fans of speed metal kings Motorhead take note: the band’s infamous frontman Lemmy Kilmister has a huge soft spot for old American rockabilly.

That’s the skinny from his newest bandmate, Slim Jim Phantom, who’s best known as the slappin’ stand-up bass player of the Stray Cats.

The two have been friends for years and Phantom says Lemmy was, as he puts it, “One of the first people to really GET the Stray Cats; he used to come and see us in a little pub in England when hardly anyone else cared.”

Their friendship has resulted in a surprise – and acclaimed – new band, Head Cat, which has just recorded Fool’s Paradise, featuring covers of tunes by Buddy Holly and Fats Domino.

It’s not as strange as it sounds. Phantom says, “Lemmy is a huge fan of Buddy Holly and the Beatles – who wouldn’t have existed, in turn, without Buddy Holly.”

Fool’s Paradise swings into record stores June 25.

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