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Thursday, 5 April 2018

Post 706 - Wickedy Wak - Billie's Bikie Boys - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang


Rick Springfield played guitar and vocals, as far as I know from what little information there is on this recording the rest of the band included Paul Shannon, Ray Wright, and Danny Finley from MPD Ltd. Here to download from 1969 on Sunshine Records is "Billie's Bikie Boys" b/w “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ (QK 3118). The A side was written by Johnny Young and produced by Ian Meldrum. The production is great and in some parts is reminiscent of Russell Morris's "Real Thing" which was released earlier, in May of 1969. Rick Springfield's guitar is full on and people couldn’t understand why the single did not make a bigger impact at the time. It could be because the B side "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" which was not very inspiring and a total contrast to the style of the A side. In the month following this recording Rick replaced Roger Hicks as the lead guitarist with Zoot and the rest as they say is history. The story is about "Billy" who is apparently a rebel on a motorcycle, riding through town with his buddies, causing the girls to turn and look, and disturbing the peace! The cops finally catch up with him and now there are no more roaring engines racing around town. The song has a very classic late 60's psychedelic sound and instrumentation.  Flac

4 comments:

philB said...

I researched this band a few years back and can confirm that there is no connection at all between them and the Wickety Wak showband, with Greg Doolan. Both bands originated in Brisbane and the band names are similar, but they have nothing else in common at all. When this single failed to make any chart impact in 1969, and Rick Springfield left to join the Zoot, this band split up. The showband wasn't formed until 1975 and started out as a pub band doing parodies of other artists. While it is possible that they had heard the name of the Springfield band and changed the spelling before taking it as their own, there has never been any confirmation of this and whatever you may read to the contrary is just hearsay. No members of Wickedy Wak were ever in Wickety Wak and the later showband never played this song live.

Ozzie Music Man said...

Thanks for the update philB I suspected that was the deal and thanks for the info

Robert Fitzpatrick said...

that's realty cool thanks for this !

kimbo said...

Beeb Birtles was a backing vocalist. He confirmed it when I asked him. Great track mate