Rockin’ Rabbis – Almost Live in the Bat Shed

Rockin’ Rabbis
Almost Live in the Bat Shed
1989 Batshed Productions
Kenwick, Western Australia

Tim “Timmy Twosweet” Halse – Electric guitar
Clive “Rockabilly” Smith – Electric guitar
Owen “The Sugarman” Beck – Bass guitar
Roscoe White “Captain Goodvibes” – Drums
Cathy Eastman and Janelle McEwen “The Rockin’ Rabbetts” – Background vocals

Side 1:

  1. No Worries
  2. Salt and Salt
  3. Be Alert
  4. Gentlemen
  5. Nasal Bot
  6. Good Onya Mum
  7. I Love Jesus

Side 2:

  1. Saved
  2. Jesus on the Mainline
  3. Gospel Train
  4. Christian
  5. Twisted Scripture
  6. Just a Song
  7. All Mu Lovin’

So one year after releasing Noisy Little Sunbeams, the Rockin’s Rabbis are back with this non-live album. After starting off with a… country song?… the band jumps back into their off-kilter brand of Aussie Alt Rock. Lots of humor, cheese, and experimentation. Some songs like “Be Alert” flirt with metal and punk. They experiment with many sounds, but always come back to some kind of cowpunk metal sound. This tape used to be on Google Play, but it seems that it sadly has been removed.

Rockin’ Rabbis – Noisy Little Sunbeams

Rockin’ Rabbis
Noisy Little Sunbeams
1988 Batshed Productions (RRP 8801)
Kenwick, Western Australia

Tim “Timmy Twosweet” Halse – Electric guitar
Dave “Howling Wolf” Moore – Electric guitar
Clive “Rockabilly” Smith – Electric guitar
Owen “The Sugarman” Beck – Bass guitar
Roscoe White “Captain Goodvibes” – Drums
Cathy Eastman and Janelle McEwen “The Rockin’ Rabbetts” – Background vocals

Side 1:

  1. Sunbeam Bloomin’ Sunbeam
  2. No Way
  3. Good Books
  4. Sincerity
  5. Hold Me
  6. Dust My Broom

Side 2:

  1. Dig Your Own Grave
  2. I Don’t Want Your Sex
  3. Good News Blues
  4. Fool Questions
  5. Time to Kill
  6. Lullabye

Wait – you are probably asking – didn’t I get the name of the band and the name of the demo mixed up? Nope. The band was originally Rockin’ Rabbis, and the album was Noisy Little Sunbeams. Benson Records in the U.S. wanted to sign them, something happened and there was a disagreement, and Benson hired studio musicians to put out an album by a “band” called Noisy Little Sunbeams. That album kind of stole the Rockin’ Rabbis sound and songs – but sanitized it in the studio. The results were… mixed. But this demo is better, especially if you like that kind of cheesy alternative that Australia was known for. The first song is basically a full track that tells who played what – except for the lead singer (I guessed his name from the liner notes). They all have nicknames, and some of the names are hard to understand. But I have tried to write what I best heard above. The song starts off with an intro that makes fun of “Sunday Bloody Sunday” by U2 (“this is Sunbeam Bloomin’ Sunbeam!” – but the song sounds nothing like the U2 song. The rest of the songs are quirky, alternative-ish guitar rock. They sometimes seem to evolve a bit into rockabilly here and there as well. You can find a little over half of these songs on Amazon now as well.