The Meteors

Genres: Doo Wop Pop / Rock
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


The Meteors was the first UK band to combine punk’s energy with raw 50s rockabilly and invent a new musical form - psychobilly. In the USA, the Cramps had discovered a similar formula, but theirs was less violent and more dramatic. Together, they influenced a whole movement and an accompanying youth culture during the 80s, and have endured into the new millennium.

In the late 70s, P. Paul Fenech (vocals/guitar) and Nigel Lewis (double bass/vocals) were churning out rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll standards in acts such as the Southern Boys and, as a duo, Rock Therapy. Around 1980, drummer Mark Robertson was recruited, coinciding with a name change to Raw Deal, and they appeared on Alligator Records’ Home Grown Rockabilly compilation. After a name change to the Meteors, the band issued a debut EP, Meteor Madness, jammed with compulsive, raw rockabilly, with lyrics drawing inspiration from graveyards and vampiric legend, all...

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