Robert Plant celebrated the passion of rockabilly fans in England, recalling those who spent nights “taking the piss” out of him. In the last section of his Dig deep podcast series, he revealed that he had a stack of unheard of rockabilly songs.
Plant told host Matt Everitt that he used to attend a club in Kentish Town that was the center of the genre’s activity in London for years. “I used to go up there with my son-in-law, Charlie Jones, and we both have long hair,” he said. “Various rockabilly artists wanted to play, and the whole scene was absolutely incredible.”
He remembered, “If I went to the bathroom, to the bathroom … all the rockabilly guys would just stick their combs through their Brylcreem, push the quiffs back and bring them out and take the piss out of me and Charlie.” He added that when he walked, he would walk down the middle of the street “along the white line if they jumped me on the way out!”
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Plant returned to the area recently and visited a nearby venue. “I saw the guy in there and I told the story of the purest rockabilly thing, the hair thing and all that,” he remembered. “He said, ‘Well, don’t worry, son – you will manage now. None of them have any hair!'”
He reflected on the purity and fidelity of rockabilly fans – “I think it’s brilliant” – while he and Everitt discussed hairstyles, fingertip jackets and other aspects of the genre’s fashion.
Plant also noted that “we have been looking at … How many unreleased tracks do I have in the idiom of the music. Everything from working in New Orleans with the little Band of Gold, doing Fats Domino stuff or working with the Big Town Playboys with Jeff Beck, laver ‘Look Out Mabel.’ … There are so many numbers that are amazing. I still have a fingertip jacket. “
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