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The Motorcycle Boy


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The origins of the Motorcycle Boy go back to Scotland 1985 when a band named after a Fire Engines b-side were formed - Meat Whiplash.

They signed to Creation Records releasing one single for that label (which was produced by The Jesus & Mary Chain). In 1987 the band recruited vocalist Alex Taylor from The Shop Assistants and changed their name to The Motorcycle Boy (from a character in the movie Rumblefish).

They signed to Rough Trade releasing one single for that label before signing to Chrysalis releasing two singles. An album titled Scarlet was recorded but was never released and after the band were dumped by Chrysalis they moved onto Nymphaea Pink Sensation releasing another couple of singles before calling it a day in 1990.

This band and Motorcycle Boy seem to be lumped together so here is the info on the Los Angeles underground kings:

So there was this impeccably stylish, incorrigible rogue named FRANCOIS, right? He had THE BEST HAIR IN ROCK’N’ROLL. A haircut that killed, man. He spent years charming the drinks off every girl in L.A., and he had this really cool, stripped-down kinda punkabilly band called MOTORCYCLE BOY. They specialized in these very rudimentary, but energetic, Bo-Diddley derivative glam romps, sorta like THE JONESES, without the death-trip.


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  • AppleseedAlley

    I love Alex Taylor too!

    26 Sep 2011 Reply
  • ucrit

    so underrated and still GREAT!

    13 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Nochek

    great time...

    18 Mar 2009 Reply
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  • tehZevaka

    so beautiful and so underrated that it hurts

    8 Jan 2009 Reply
  • macdangermouse

    I thought the unreleased album was called 'Scarlet' - what's this Popsicle advertised? Anyone know - there's no info on the link? There's a Peel session kicking around too. I just love Alex Taylor :D

    9 Aug 2008 Reply
  • branko

    Man I hope the unreleased album somehow sees the light of day.

    26 Apr 2008 Reply

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