|Ooby Dooby, Chantilly Lace
Chantilly Lace, CL515
Chantilly Lace is a five piece rock 'n' roll band from the South. The South of Holland that is, not the US. The band is named after the Big Bopper's classic hit "Chantilly Lace" and has been around since 1995. They're mainly a live band and these guys sure know how to grace a party with their presence! Their performances are wild, rocking and a feast for your eyes. All members nicely dressed up in a three piece suit, just the way it was done in the fifties. Classic rock 'n' roll is what they bring you, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley. From "Johnny B. Goode" to "Blue Suede Shoes", these guys rock!
Chantilly Lace have played the Amsterdam Paradiso and have been on tour in Holland, Belgium and Austria. After five years the band decided it was about time to put some of their wild music to disc and in January 2000 they issued their first CD titled "Ooby Dooby". A total of eleven tracks, nine rock 'n' roll classics and two selfpenned songs written by lead vocalist Johan Custers.
The platter hits off with the first Chantilly Lace original, titled "Wham Bam Ba Lamma", a great old time rocker with saxes, guitars and piano. Countless musicians have pitched in their skills, numerous guest appearances make this gang much more than a five piece band on this disc. The second song is the Dixie Cups original "Iko Iko" (Red Bird 10024, 1965) of which Music Maker Magazine reports it was made famous by Dr. John in 1972, what do they know...
"Born For You", the second Custers' song, is a beautiful country style duet, sung by Johan Custers and Janine Schell. Tren van Enkevort's accordion gives the song a kinda Tex-Mex sound. Other real classics are queued up; Johnny Burnette's "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee", Roy Orbison's "Ooby Dooby", Guy Mitchell's "Singing The Blues", J.P. Richardson's "Chantilly Lace", Eddie Arnold's country classic "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again" (greatly re-recorded in 1956 by the King himself), Hank Williams "Hey Good Looking" and even Billy Swan's 1974 pop hit "I Can Help", which is turned into to a nice slow paced piano and sax rocker.
I'm sure you will enjoy listening to all these great songs from the fifties, re-recorded by some of the finest musicians of today's Dutch rock 'n' roll scene. And there's more, the full color 10 page CD inlay is very well done. Great shots of the band members and a beautiful compilation of lots of fifties stuff such as musical instruments, record players, labels and comics.
The BlackCat, 2000