THE TURNPIKE CRUISERS – Rockin’ Possessed 1984-1986


(Cherry Red)
Lesser known psychos, but check ’em out.
Psychobilly crew The Turnpike Cruisers’ roots can be traced back to a bizarre but entertaining early ‘80s outfit called Zanti Misfitz from the Blackpool area. No less bizarre, but certainly more focussed, the Cruisers never really rose above the status of mid-afternoon slots at psychobilly all-dayers, but they always put on a great show and are fondly remembered by many psycho old-timers. This set rounds up three recording sessions from, you’ve guessed it, 1984 to 1986, at Park Lane Studios and Tin Pan Alley, and if you’ve never heard the Cruisers before, the eighteen tracks reveal a quirky, diverse, and, yes, always Rockin’ band. And their cover of ‘I Wanna Be Like You’ is a killer.
Shane Baldwin

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