Midnite Mixtape Massacre - Headline Maniac Print
Written by Headline Maniac   
Sunday, 05 June 2016 03:00



Fans of Eddie and the Hot Rods should immediately recognise the names of Dipster, Simon Bowley and Chris Taylor because they are three fifths of the current line-up of the legendary British rock band. Did you also know though that this trio have another rather spiffing power pop/rock band going by the name of Headline Maniac, a band who have just released a debut album that Uber Rock’s Dave Prince called a “gem”? Right here the boys pick their 13 favourite songs and give our usual mixtape slot a real dose of ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Thuggery’ in the process.


Dipster (Bass/Vocals):


1,) ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ - Spencer Davis Group (from the 1966 7” single of the same name)


This was the first song that I remember getting excited about, it was on one of my dad’s compilation albums, I remember the roar of that Hammond B-3 organ, it was a beautiful noise and I still love it even now


2,) ‘Ace Of Spades’ - Motorhead (from the album of the same name)


I saw Motorhead perform this on The Young Ones, it was pure punch in the face rock ‘n’ roll and I loved it. I later bought ‘No Sleep ‘til Hammersmith’, one of the best live albums of all time in my opinion. I was lucky enough to have a brief conversation with Lemmy whilst touring in L.A.


3.) ‘Paradise City’ - Guns N’ Roses (from the album ‘Appetite For Destruction’)


It’s hard to believe this is 30 years old. I played ‘Appetite For Destruction’ to death back in the day. I bloody loved Guns N’ Roses, and saw them live twice they were absolute full on rock ‘n’ roll.


4.) ‘Stay With Me’ - The Faces (from the album ‘A Nod Is As Good As a Wink... to a Blind Horse’)


The epitome of a great night out. The whole song for me is what ‘70s rock was all about.


5.) ‘Born On The Bayou’ - Creedence Clearwater Revival (from the album ‘Bayou Country’)


One of my first cars was an American pickup truck and in the cassette player was a CCR tape and this song came blasting out. Boy can that guy sing, I spent many nights cruising the Golden Mile along Southend’s sea front with that blasting away.


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Simon Bowley (Drums):


6.) ‘Everyday’ - Slade (from the album ‘Old New Borrowed and Blue’)


The first single I ever had was ‘Everyday’ by Slade. I still love that song and Slade are one of my favourite bands. ‘Slade Alive’, now there's a live album.


7.) ‘Beginning Of The End’ - Eddie and the Hot Rods (from the album ‘Life on the Line’)


I grew up listening to Eddie and the Hot Rods due to the fact that my mum’s brother was the original drummer. so they got played a lot. I saw them at the infamous Rainbow Theatre show when the crowd ripped all the seats out. I was 7 years old, it was all pretty mad. I would go on to take over from my uncle and have played drums in the band for the last 17 year. Funny how life turns out.


8.) ‘The Number of the Beast’ - Iron Maiden (from the album of the same name)


I was 10 years old and nagged my parents to buy me the album after hearing ‘Run To The Hills’ in the charts, then this single was released and it was the start of my obsession with Maiden for many years.


9.) ‘12 Gold Bars’ - Status Quo (the whole 1980 album on Vertigo)


I remember my parents got me one of those old fashioned cassette recorders when I was about 8 years old and my dad had got hold of a cassette with Status Quo’s ‘12 Gold Bars’ on it. I played that cassette until it wore out. In 2012 I was able to meet them when Eddie and the Hot Rods opened for them on their winter tour. What real nice down to earth guys they are too.


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Chris Taylor (Guitar):


10.) ‘Waiting for an Alibi’ - Thin Lizzy (from the album ‘Black Rose: A Rock Legend’)


I heard this track on the radio and up to that point had only heard ‘Jailbreak’ and The Boys Are Back In Town’, but this song blew me away and from this point on I was hooked. Thin Lizzy are my favourite rock band of all time


11.) ‘Wild Frontier’ - Gary Moore (from the album of the same name)


I saw him play this on Saturday Night Live and it totally freaked me out. I had only heard ‘Parisienne Walkways’ up to that point and hadn't taken much interest. The following week I borrowed the album ‘Wild Frontier’ and have been a fan ever since.


12.) ‘Sister Seagull’ - Be-Bop Deluxe (from the album ‘Futurama’)


I was lucky that my parents had good music playing around the house, my dad was a big fan of Be-Bop Deluxe. As a result I pretty much learned their entire back catalogue with ‘Futurama’ as the stand out album and this track stands out the most. Bill Nelson is one of the best guitarists of all time in my opinion.


13.) ‘Layla’ - Eric Clapton (from the DVD ‘Live Aid’)


For me there were a lot of performances on Live Aid that inspired my interest in playing guitar, but Eric’s live version of Layla was truly life changing for me. It confirmed that this was what I wanted to do and I’ve been a fan of his since that day.