ROCKET TO MEMPHIS

ROCKET TO MEMPHIS

 Perth, Western Australia, AUS
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Led by the captivating Betty Bombshell, the smokin' ROCKET TO MEMPHIS combine off-kilter sounds of the 50s and 60s to create a unique, stompin' show, that's had hips a-shakin' in cities as far flung as Tokyo and London!

Biography

Since the dawn of time, mankind’s been twitchin’ and grindin’ to the crazy rhythm of the jungle drums - and now YOU can try it too... ROCKET TO MEMPHIS mix up a potion of rockabilly, swamp and 60s garage that will have you twisting to the voodoo, before you can say "damn, I'll have another one of THOSE!"

Betty Bombshell and her smokin' quartet have been leaving audiences dishevelled since 2006, with their knee-trembling live performances. The band's music has been described as "hip-shakin' voodoo rock n roll" - and they've had hips a-shakin' in cities as far flung as Tokyo and London!

The 4 piece from Perth, Australia has shared the stage with rockabilly stars Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats), Darrell Higham (UK, Imelda May), Mars Attacks (Switzerland), Buzz Deluxe (Canada), Tokyo Cramps (Japan) and Aussie cult heroes the Scientists and Zombie Ghost Train - to name just a few.

They've toured extensively in Australia, the UK, twice in Japan and recorded their 3rd album Jungle Juice in New York, with rockabilly guru Matt Verta-Ray at the controls (Jon Spencer's Heavy Trash). Infectious and fun, it captures the band's distinctive, off-kilter retro style - with echo-laden guitar, swingin' rhythms and tunes that get inside your head and won't let up.

The band's latest release, in October last year, was the vinyl single (I'm Bad), accompanied by a video clip by the talented Dom Pierce (from cult band Injured Ninja).

It's time you had a swig of that potion and tuned in to the sound of ROCKET TO MEMPHIS and "hip shakin' voodoo rock n roll"!

What the press has to say...

“wild sounds, catchy tunes and a live show that's slick as a rocker's barnet”  

“if you're looking for a darker, sexier version of Imelda May, Rocket to Memphis will REALLY hit your spot”

 "Razor Jack’s crooked knee, angular guitar is suggestive of Marc Ribot’s work with Tom Waits on Rain Dogs."
               
“Betty Bombshell’s voice is incredible - husky, sexy - she leads the band with style.” 

“You can’t buy this kind of class... you either have it, or you don’t.”      

"Rocket To Memphis have hit upon a formula that's guaranteed to please anyone who's got half an inkling for where rock 'n' roll wants to go - below the belt, with a arrogant sneer, a casual thrust of the groin and a rockingly depraved good time. Get thee to the dance floor, and get dancing!"

Lyrics

I'm Bad

Written By: Andy Jarvis

I’m the right gal... but I’m wrong
Cos I’m a-singin’ to a different song
Don’t make me mad
Cos I’m bad!

I got a switchblade under my bed
I got weird thoughts in my head
Don’t make me mad
Cos honey, I’m bad!

Good times are gonna come to an end
No sunny days, when you’re my friend
But one thing... I may be bad
But I’m the best thing YOU ever had!

There’s a storm cloud, follows me around
And there’s dark times, all over town
Don’t make me mad
Cos I’m bad!

Good times are gonna come to an end
No sunny days, when you’re my friend
But one thing... I may be bad
But I’m the best YOU”VE had!

I’m the right gal... but I’m wrong
Cos I’m a-singin’ to a different song
Don’t make me mad
Cos I’m bad!

Don’t make me mad
Cos I’m bad!

Real bad!

Jungle Juice

Written By: Andy Jarvis

You better watch your step boy, you’re on a wire
And take it easy, cos you’re playing with fire
I like your style, but honey what’s the use?
You’re just living on...

Jungle Juice
Well you can scream and holler
But you can shout it at the moon
Jungle Juice
I don’t know why you bother
You ain’t getting any soon

Take a little sip boy, then have another
You better keep a cool head, and listen brother
I wanna shake it up, but honey what’s the use?
You’re just living on...

Jungle Juice
Well you can scream and holler
But you can shout it at the moon
Jungle Juice
I don’t know why you bother
You won’t be getting any...

You better watch your step boy, you’re on a wire
And take it easy, cos you’re playing with fire
I like your style, but honey what’s the use?
You’re just living on...

Jungle Juice
Well you can scream and holler
But you can shout it at the moon
Jungle Juice
I don’t know why you bother
You won’t be getting any

Walking the Plank

Written By: Andy Jarvis

I’m all at sea and it’s a-blowin’ a gale
Listen to me, cos I got a tale
It’s a prank... known as “walking the plank”

It starts with a trick, and you’re feeling okay
Until your head starts a-sailin’ away
And goes blank... it’s called “walking the plank”

So jump over the side
C’mon, take a ride
Don’t get left behind
Who knows what you’ll find
Walking the plank

Walking the plank, walking the plank

It’s a sure-fire way to make you forget
It’s like a game of Russian roulette
With a tank... it’s called “walking the plank”

So if you’re ready to join the fun
Don’t run aground, or you’ll come undone
Andy you’ve sank... walking the plank

So jump over the side
C’mon, take a ride
Don’t get left behind
Who knows what you’ll find
Walking the plank

Walking the plank, walking the plank
Walking the plank, walking the plank

Not Crazy

Written By: Andy Jarvis

Oh baby, you’re gonna think I’m crazy
But there’s nothing wrong with me
There’s a devil in your rhythm
I’m a-shakin’ with him
And we’re in harmony

You reel me in
Got me in a spin
Set my soul on fire
Make me wanna shout
I’m wild about your desire

Oh baby, you’re gonna think I’m crazy
But there’s nothing wrong with me
You’ve got me in a spell
As far as I can tell
I’m in love with your sorcery

Play a tarantella
And honey I can tell ya
I’ll be on my feet
Swingin’ and a-swayin’
And begging you to play
That crazy mambo beat

Oh baby, I’m in love and not crazy
Oh baby, I’m in love and not crazy

Time Machine

Written By: Andy Jarvis

Sitting here alone, bored out of my mind - I started to dream
I was back in another time, and people were staring at me
Cute lookin’ guys in tiki bars
Hot chicks in Cadillac cars
But it was too real, how could this be?

When I opened my eyes, I had a total surprise!

Let’s go to another world, a place we’ve never seen
We’ll be there in a heartbeat baby, in my time machine

Oh man, this was something new - you shoulda seen the plans I made
But before I could figure out what to do, it all started to fade
There were cavemen pounding out an old-time treat
Chicks dancing to the jungle beat
It was all too real, how could this be?

Had to rub my eyes, it was a total surprise!

Let’s go to another world, a place we’ve never seen
We’ll be there in a heartbeat baby, in my time machine
If you’re ready for action honey, and you know what I mean
We’ll be there in a heartbeat baby, in my time machine

It’s the graveyard shift on a cold, cold night - like a TV show
Bat’s fly by in the pale moonlight and everything’s moving slow
A church bell rings, an organ plays a soundtrack just for me
I jump on a grave, started this song
The crowd sleeps peacefully

I opened my eyes, I had a total surprise!

Let’s go to another world, a place we’ve never seen
We’ll be there in a heartbeat baby, in my time machine
If you’re ready for action honey, and you know what I mean
We’ll be there in a heartbeat baby, in my time machine
Let’s go to another world, a place we’ve never seen
We’ll be there in a heartbeat baby, in my time machine

Discography

Swampwater Shuffle (2007) - 7 track CD (Raucous, UK)

Hip Shakin' Voodoo (2009) - 13 track CD (Raucous, UK)

Jungle Juice (2011) - 12 track CD (Off The Hip, Melbourne)

I'm Bad (2011) - 7" single & video (Off The Hip Records)

Cramped (2011) Cramps Tribute album (Raucous, UK) features Rocket to Memphis on the opening track.