SKA DANCE CRAZE PRESENTS...RODDY RADIATION & THE SKABILLY REBELS @ THE BONGO CLUB, EDINBURGH DEC 6TH 2008 There is a song by Roddy Radiation that features the line "It's a long, long road before you get back home." and that was certainly true for The Skabillies on Saturday. It took a 7 hour drive from Coventry up to the Ska Dance Craze club night in Edinburgh, Scotland for their much anticipated gig at The Bongo Club. Doors opened at 10pm and a steady stream of people filled up the venue. The diverse audience were first treated to a rousing performance by great support act Big Fat Panda. Fronted by the larger than life Big Andy, their driving ska and catchy original material was a superb opener and the perfect start for the gathered throng. This paved the way for the Skabilly Rebels, who entered the stage to a packed house. With new bassist Mac in tow (previous player Lee has left to be more at home with his young family), the Rebels blew the top off the venue. Tight is the word, their performance was honed to perfection. The crowd first danced, then rioted, then went berserk - for the first time we saw a Skabilly mosh pit and crowd surfing!! As the crowd showed their appreciation the band responded by cranking up their action, with Roddy climbing on the monitors and Sam Smith almost playing in the crowd. Musical mayhem at its best. The Skabilly tunes sound fantastic (roll on that album) and Roddy's Specials creations were thrown in to good measure as were 'Gangsters', 'Do Nothing' and 'Little B-i-t-c-h' (which makes a good rock-a-billy song). Every so often you get THE perfect gig and this was exactly that. Sax player Drew Stanstall added to the cool rockabilly edge as the crowds enjoyed the likes of 'Bonediggin'', 'Man With No Name', 'Forgive & Forget', 'Black Zodiac', and the brilliant 'Blues Attack' plus a rip roaring rendition of 'Johnny' before the set was closed by the blistering 'You're Wondering Now'. The crowd showed their appreciation with a long standing round of applause. The night was completed with aplomb by the resident SDC club band 'This R 2Tone' belting out 2Tone classics including the compulsory stage invasion during 'Longshot Kick The Bucket'. They lapped up the atmosphere and played a cracking show to the appreciative audience. With plenty of bounce and enthusiasm they bring the 2Tone experience to life. The Skabillies are now on top of their game and its a great time to catch them, they have dates in Jan and Feb 2009 so make it a new years resolution to seek out a gig.
Looks like a great crowd from the photos. They look to be all dancing as well. Nothing worse going to a show and everyone is packed in the front with their arms crossed. Not sure why people make their way up front and just stand there. My legs and my a s s won't stay still at any show. ;D