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Zoom Bang Bang (CBGB) with Sir Dennis Crowther & Rebsie


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DWL

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The original Psycho Normal and his Stiff Victims split at the end of '82 citing artistic differences (i.e. an argument about who was buying the next beer) and Psycho Normal was sectioned under the Mental Health Act for not being normal enough. Guitarist Dirk Leningrad recruited a new drummer and bassist and resurrected the Stiff Victims. Early in 1983, whilst on remand in Pentonville for unlawful use of a sheep in a public place, Dirk met the English aristocrat Sir Dennis Crowther who said he'd played a bit of organ in a punk band at Eton and wouldn't mind giving it a go. Sir Dennis never did explain why he was in there.

Knowing he'd have a better chance of a record deal with some totty in the band Dirk persuaded an impressionable young folk singer, Rebsie Fairholm (who he'd met under a table in a pub) to join up. Naive and idealistic, she was easily lured into the exciting and glamorous rock'n'roll life only to find her role would be to make the tea, score the drugs and sing backing vocals that no-one would ever hear as they gave her the mike that didn't work.

Through outrageous good fortune and a serious case of mistaken identity (Dirk looked uncannily like David Essex) they landed a gig at a prestigious New York venue where this track was recorded, which went on to be their signature song when they attempted to represent Liechtenstein in the Eurovision Song Contest.

On the night of the gig they managed 2 songs before the mistake was realised and they were thrown out of the theatre. Meanwhile their Eurovision hopes were dashed when manufactured vocal group Liechtensteiner Sweet Dreams got the nod over them. The Madison muddle was their one and only gig and Dirk acknowledges it wasn't one of his best vocal performances but said they had been up most of the previous night partying.

Be kind to them.

(Dirk Leningrad now has a lucrative career doing David-Essex-o-Grams for middle-aged housewives' parties. Please phone for a brochure. Rebsie also does a fine line in writing intros for webpages. Please phone for a brochure)

Zoom Bang Bang © Dirk Leningrad 1982

This is a true story.

I lived my life in splendid isolation, I was hiding from the past
But let me say by way of explanation that I never thought that love could ever last
then

Zoom Bang Bang, don't know what you did to me
I don't know where to start
Zoom Bang Bang, don't know what you did but
was it you that put that arrow through my heart?

I never thought that I would ever worry about the way somebody felt
but now I'm in love I'm always in a hurry
Every minute we're apart is just like hell

Zoom Bang Bang, don't know what you did to me
I don't know where to start
Zoom Bang Bang, don't know what you did but
was it you that put that arrow through my heart?


Dirk would like to thank Rebsie for telling the story a lot better than he could (he can't remember what he had for dinner yesterday let alone what he was doing 25 years ago). Dirk also extends his thanks to Sir Dennis and hopes the venture with the female warm chocolate sauce wrestling is going well.
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Uploaded: May 02, 2008 - 02:48:27 AM
Last Updated: May 02, 2008 - 02:48:27 AM Last Played: May 07, 2017 - 05:50:40 PM
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Feter said 3341 days ago (May 2nd, 2008)
Zoom Bang Bang
a super star group ...totaly speechless .I know
you two had punky historay ..but Sir Dennis ..??
wow ..what a groovin keys we heard there ..just
amazing ..Deepest bow ..ta yeo ..one of he best
song historicaly sound imitation and all ..You Rock ~!
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DWL said 3340 days ago (May 3rd, 2008)
Super group?
:-)

Thanks for putting this challenge together Feter. It's been great fun and I've enjoyed it immensely.

And thanks for the comments!

Cheers

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Peter Bauckham said 3341 days ago (May 2nd, 2008)
Eurovision!
The UK's Eurovision entries have been gone horribly wrong in recent years not helped by allowing the public to choose! This is great however, no 'nil points' this time round.

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DWL said 3339 days ago (May 4th, 2008)
Boom banga bang!
Yeah, what happened to the good songs?

Thanks Peter.

Cheers

Dick
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caroline said 3341 days ago (May 2nd, 2008)
hehe - you've all obviously
been at rebsie's peas!!! zoom, bang, bang indeed!!! thank you xoxo
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DWL said 3339 days ago (May 4th, 2008)
Heh heh :-)
True, it does get windy round here.

Cheers

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apb said 3341 days ago (May 2nd, 2008)
Inspired ..

brilliant, just fff.. brilliant!!! Great performances across the board.... loved the ending too .. LOL.
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DWL said 3339 days ago (May 4th, 2008)
Thanks Alan!
It was a lot of fun making it (or so Dirk told me)

Cheers

Dick

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apb said 3338 days ago (May 4th, 2008)
.. I was trying to place ..
.. what it reminded me of .. shades of "The La's" or "Cast" in overall sound, with some 60s bubble gum thrown in ..fab combo... listened again and again. (only thing it lacks is some better drum sounds imo - everything else is so good .. it shows up the drums).
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damiengh said 3340 days ago (May 2nd, 2008)
nice setup
Loved the setup for the scene, helped to take me away to that other day of your almost gotten fame.

You really should have completed the history with being interviewed by the bumbling Roy Mallard(Chris Langham), of "People Like Us".

Loved the instrumental work of the gang on this journey through an historical meeting of talents.
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DWL said 3338 days ago (May 4th, 2008)
Roy couldn't make it
but he sends his regards

Thanks Damien :-)

Cheers

Dick
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five_extra_arms said 3340 days ago (May 2nd, 2008)
Zoom Bang Bang
I think this is an amazing song. I appreciate the story as i was not familiar with the band. Now that the secret is out, I say, Zoom Bang Bang!!

Sweet song straight through the heart - raunchy rowdy guitar parts and all. I really love the outro.

Dirk's a star!
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DWL said 3338 days ago (May 4th, 2008)
Right on!
I've been trying to get Dirk out of retirement but those middle aged women are just too tempting.....

He thanks you for the kind words though.

Cheers

Dick
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said 3340 days ago (May 2nd, 2008)
Wow!
This mix sounds SO good!

The performances are top notch and the sound quality is superb.

Great job you guys! Rock on!



C.


DWL said 3338 days ago (May 4th, 2008)
Why, thank you kind sir
Always difficult getting the live mix but the engineer was sober for a change.

Thanks :-)

Cheers

Dick
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Epileptic Gibbon said 3340 days ago (May 2nd, 2008)
One question...
... what happened to the sheep? Should I phone for a brochure? Not for me you understand... I have a friend...
Is it okay on a respectable site like this to comment on someone's organ? Should I phone for a brochure? And what do you mean, you're not David Essex? Should I phone for a brochure? Actually that was six questions, not one. ;-)
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DWL said 3338 days ago (May 4th, 2008)
Well it's like this..

The sheep got a new agent and Dirk couldn't afford it anymore.

You can phone for a brochure but it'll be a while before they are sent out as they're being reprinted as said agent wants too much money for use of the sheep's picture.

Sir Dennis has had his organ mentioned in the best newspapers so a site like this should be fine.

Dirk was David Essex last week but this week Matthew he is going to be Princess Margaret.


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lavalamp said 3340 days ago (May 2nd, 2008)
ZOOOOOOOOM
The guitar at the end sounded a lot like Paul McCartney rockin' out. And this is a rockin' great time. Thanks.

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DWL said 3338 days ago (May 4th, 2008)
Yo!
many thanks Mr L.

Cheers

Dirk
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chemystery said 3340 days ago (May 2nd, 2008)
good one
Great playing, singing, drums, keys. everything!

I like what you did with the reverb - it really works.

There is some strange pitch tracker thing happening on the spoken words at the start and end - what *is* that?
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DWL said 3338 days ago (May 4th, 2008)
Strange pitch?
There's definitely some strange pitch on the singing as Dirk was not at his best but the intro was just the natural reverb of the hall and that was his natural voice :-)

Thanks for the comments

Cheers

Dick

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chemystery said 3338 days ago (May 4th, 2008)
.
Interesting. I guess the hall had a lot of strong resonances. It sounds really cool. thanks
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Mystified said 3340 days ago (May 2nd, 2008)
Fab track you two!
yeah... :D
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DWL said 3338 days ago (May 4th, 2008)
Thnaks Mysti
much appreciated!

Cheers

Dick
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peacepiano said 3340 days ago (May 2nd, 2008)
And Now
That was a really great song. I mean the first one ;)

I like the fast driving beat. Sounds like the patrons at the club like it too!

Thanks
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DWL said 3338 days ago (May 4th, 2008)
Nice comments Bill
the second song may well get done at some point.

And here's where it came from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3VDn5VlvBk

Cheers

Dick

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sloparts said 3340 days ago (May 2nd, 2008)
It would seem this story
has a ring of truth to it, but I can't, for the life of me, fathom where you managed to find someone to actually put it into print.

Never the less this is a great track that reflects the events of those days of yore quite accurately, even down to the singing. lol

Nice job Dick, Dennis, and Rebsie, although from the song info it's is a bit difficult to discern who did what,where, and to whom. No matter, it's still a hoot to listen to, my compliments to you all, and to the chef.

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DWL said 3338 days ago (May 4th, 2008)
Perceptive Ed
The song was for my first wife so I think you'll understand a little more.

I really appreciate the listen and the comments.

Thanks

Cheers

Dick
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Vic Holman said 3340 days ago (May 2nd, 2008)
big bang for the buck
very slick and nicely done. excellent guitar riff and solo!

great job guys!

has a bit of Springsteen sound on the first one. the second one was even shorter then the Ramones ever did.
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DWL said 3338 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Thanks Vic
It was a lot of fun so it's good to see other people enjoy it too.

Springsteen? Wow, that's a compliment.

The other song is an unfinished project but started with this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3VDn5VlvBk&feature=related

Cheers

Dick
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said 3340 days ago (May 2nd, 2008)
Here it is!
Thanks for the sneak preview. The final mix sounds great Dick; like an authentic live recording, and a really good one at that!

One of your best!

be well friend!
DWL said 3337 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Thanks Micheal
I'm pleased you enjoyed it.

Cheers

Dick
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paul f. page said 3340 days ago (May 2nd, 2008)
Why isn't this...
...on the radio? I love the sound, the performance, the writing, the arrangement, the wonderful vocal harmony, and the mix. Congratulations to all of you!!!
Peace.
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DWL said 3337 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Not quite as relaxing
as Paul F Page piece but it was fun to play :-)

Many thanks

Cheers

Dick



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DWL said 3337 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Not quite as relaxing
as Paul F Page piece but it was fun to play :-)

Many thanks

Cheers

Dick



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Nick_Flash said 3340 days ago (May 2nd, 2008)
great
Great song. Definitely a fav. Love the story too.

The solo at the end rocks.
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DWL said 3337 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Cheers Nick
Thanks for the comments on the solo. It was all rather rushed but came out OK in the end.

Dick
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Heroin_Marys said 3339 days ago (May 3rd, 2008)
Stiff Victims
The original Psycho Normal and his Stiff Victims split at the end of '82 citing artistic differences (i.e. an argument about who was buying the next beer) and Psycho Normal was sectioned under the Mental Health Act for not being normal enough. Guitarist Dirk Leningrad recruited a new drummer and bassist and resurrected the Stiff Victims. Early in 1983, whilst on remand in Pentonville for unlawful use of a sheep in a public place, Dirk met the English aristocrat Sir Dennis Crowther who said he'd played a bit of organ in a punk band at Eton and wouldn't mind giving it a go. Sir Dennis never did explain why he was in there.

Knowing he'd have a better chance of a record deal with some totty in the band Dirk persuaded an impressionable young folk singer, Rebsie Fairholm (who he'd met under a table in a pub) to join up. Naive and idealistic, she was easily lured into the exciting and glamorous rock'n'roll life only to find her role would be to make the tea, score the drugs and sing backing vocals that no-one would ever hear as they gave her the mike that didn't work.

Through outrageous good fortune and a serious case of mistaken identity (Dirk looked uncannily like David Essex) they landed a gig at a prestigious New York venue where this track was recorded, which went on to be their signature song when they attempted to represent Liechtenstein in the Eurovision Song Contest.

On the night of the gig they managed 2 songs before the mistake was realised and they were thrown out of the theatre. Meanwhile their Eurovision hopes were dashed when manufactured vocal group Liechtensteiner Sweet Dreams got the nod over them. The Madison muddle was their one and only gig and Dirk acknowledges it wasn't one of his best vocal performances but said they had been up most of the previous night partying.

Be kind to them.

(Dirk Leningrad now has a lucrative career doing David-Essex-o-Grams for middle-aged housewives' parties. Please phone for a brochure. Rebsie also does a fine line in writing intros for webpages. Please phone for a brochure)

Zoom Bang Bang Dirk Leningrad 1982

This is a true story.

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I. Spike said 3339 days ago (May 3rd, 2008)
Is that what the kids are calling it now?
Zoom Bang Bang.... what are you really saying here...?
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DWL said 3337 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
it's what I call it :-)
Thanks for stopping by

Cheers

Dick
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bud said 3339 days ago (May 3rd, 2008)
Incredibly good song - definitely hits the
nail on Nick Lowe's head. Or is that Brinsley Schwartz or the Flaming Groovies? Man you really made something here and brought another side to the project. Great work.
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Moviz said 3339 days ago (May 3rd, 2008)
Great sound
and it sounds as though you're in a large venue as well, great collaboration, cheers M
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gregd said 3338 days ago (May 4th, 2008)
Pop!
This has a great sound and feel to it. Catchy song writing and the production matches the period really well. Loving it.
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rsorensen said 3338 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
zoom
great job! big song with a cool sound.
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echoroom said 3338 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
I think
you should put this in for Eurovision... certainly not null points!

Guys - this is fuckin great - totally spot on, but you know, this brought a big grin to my face - i'm gonna be singing this all day now!
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VicDiesel said 3337 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Hey punk, yes I'm talking to you!
You should have won the Eurovision contest. From what I remember it was usually utter crap and not nearly as entertaining as this. (But I still have a weak spot for Abba's Waterloo, and the Dutch entry by Teach-In.)

Say, this sounds solid. Let me know if you're coming over for next years SXSW?



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michael2 said 3337 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
love this
i am loving hearing everyones take on this challenge. have you noticed a regional thing going on? this is awesome, great job you guys.
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lengold said 3336 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
Really
good fun and masterfully done.
Cheers
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guitapick said 3333 days ago (May 9th, 2008)
~
Great pop song with some great rock licks at the end...loved the story..."unlawful use of a sheep"...hmmm...a public sheering, by any chance?
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dirigent said 3332 days ago (May 11th, 2008)
Zoom Bang Bang
It rocks definitely, fine performance, great collab!!
:-) :-) :-) Enjoyed it, a very cool song!
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said 3314 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Zoom Bang Bang
Dick I love your Music and I also love to hear you sing too.
I love your Accent Dick. Well done all of you guys. Thanks for the download.
Loved every second of this fantastic Choon : ) Dirk wow !



said 3313 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Wow !!!
Just heard and downloaded Hunt the Moon Brilliant too.
said 3312 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
REminds me
How I miss the stage, thanks for taking me right back there.
Bob Rodgers said 3284 days ago (June 27th, 2008)
This
is brilliant! A really great performance here from everyone and I still have a very big grin on my face after hearing this!!

Superb vocals guitars keys everything....I love the outro!

Very much enjoyed!! Thanks!




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guygrooves said 3278 days ago (July 4th, 2008)
I wish I had caught the whole CBGB
challenge but I was a total rank newbie at the time lol. I really enjoyed the story as much as the song. Great work Dick.
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Char said 2287 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Ba-ah!
I did not know there was female warm chocolate sauce or that it had to be wrestled into the cup or onto the ice cream. I guess some other lost recordings of this group might turn up in future. Thanks.
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