Monday, January 10, 2011

Wickedy Wak –Billie’s Bikie Boys

Wickedy Wak - Billie’s Bikie Boys /Chitty Chitty Bang Bang –Sunshine QK 3118 (1969 Aus)

There is some confusion over Wickedy (Wickety) Wak. I am not sure if they are related to the Brisbane showband, but this Wickedy Wak released this jewel of a single featuring a pre-Zoot Rick Springfield going completely mental on the guitar front. The guitar interjections cut deep and go into sound effect mode reminding me somehow of the battle sounds on Sky Pilot. Now if this was a UK release, it would surely qualify as one of the top Freakbeat/psych tunes, but so far recognition of its merits have been somewhat subdued. Time for a change then as it’s a classic  tune sprinkled with attitude and some killer guitar.
Billie’s Bikie Boys was written by Johnny Young and Russell Morris (The Real Thing) and the band presumably featured Rick Springfield, Paul Shannon, Danny Finley and Ray Wright, although I have seen other potential line-ups mentioned...

Hear a full version of Billie’s Bikie Boys

6 comments:

Kim V said...

That's the cleanest copy of that I've ever hears. Anyway you could put the b-side up???

Anonymous said...

For sure! A classic of the genre!
Steve

Purepop said...

I wouldn't never go near that B side...

Robin Wills said...

Billybadbum, I deleted your informative comment by mistake, please feel free to repeat your comment
Thanks

Rick's Chick said...

This is such a fun song. Thank you for posting. I'd love to hear that B-side, too. I've only heard a fragment of it, and would love the complete song. Please?

john said...

Yes this group is related to Brisbane showband Wickety wak. Rick Springfield left the group and Greg Doolan reformed the group renamed Wickety Wak which is still performing to sellout venues 38 years later in south east Queensland. Make sure you check out thier website wicketywak.com.au. you can also play thier hit single Moonlight marvel on the media player located on the forum along with many other tracks.
Cheers
John
Historian and friend of Wickety Wak