Friday, July 3, 2009

ROCK Sex: Vince Taylor> The Clash, (& Ziggy Stardust)

ROCK Sex puts the rubber to the road.


UK Rockabilly rebel VINCE TAYLOR should have been his country's Elvis. Instead he ended up having two powerful impacts on the future.

Firstly he recorded this slamming classic:

VINCE TAYLOR & THE PLAYBOYS -"BRAND NEW CADILLAC" (1958)



This was propelled to international status with THE CLASH's stellar cover on the crucial "London Calling" album:

THE CLASH -"BRAND NEW CADILLAC" (1979)


Here are other great versions in the chain by Brian Setzer, The Kelpies, Os Catalepticos, and of course Joe Strummer.





Taylor was a volatile personality whose charisma onstage was matched by self-destructiveness backstage. He was poised for another surge of fame opening for THE ROLLING STONES in 1964 when these both combined for the worst. Binging on acid, speed, and drink, he proclaimed himself a prophet onstage and sermonized the audience with a towel on his head before abruptly tearing up the stage.

This theatrical meltdown had a huge impact on DAVID BOWIE, which inspired him to combine the incident with the feral implosion of Iggy Pop and THE STOOGES to create 'Ziggy Stardust'.

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