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17 November 2009


This wonderous 'One Off Performance' by The Ravemen, on the night of December 18th at the Boston Arms,Tufnell Park, London, features Kaisers Johnny & Matt and Neil Rapier alongside ex Rapier, Brad!!!!
More to come from new Beat Combo, including Johnny, Neil and Brad, with collaborations along the way with Matt & Kaiser George and Jane (Johnny Kaiser's missus) on vocals..... Think along the lines of Beryl Marsden fronting The Undertakers....

Fab news, Jane. Can a world tour be in the offing with The Rapiers, Kaisers, Ravemen, Shakers and Beat Barons on the super bill?

Try again Greg, third time lucky.... Johnny, Matt, Neil and Brad! A World Tour would be Fabulous and should also include The Shake Set cos they are brill! Jane X

Thought you were organising it alrsady Greg after the success of your Rapiers and Shakers show???!!!

Yes, can't forget The Shake Set. Neil loves 'em, ditto Colin.

I rate Peter Berry and The Shake Set too - I bought their vinyl LP - fab! Am practicing hard for the Ravemen show. I have even bought a new plectrum and polished my boots. What a treat to be asked. Some top songs are on the list . . .

Kaiser Matt

Matt, are you going to give us any clues to the set list? And, yep, I keep hearing good words about The Shake Set (I have their CD).

Gasp! No give away's allowed on the set I'm afraid!! (Until afterwards :) ). Strict embargo conditions apply! Hehe.
But suffice to say that there won't be many fingerclicking, stand by the wall numbers-or top 10 hits in the set-Also looking forward to hearing rompin' stompin' beat selections from the record collections of Liam Watson, Ben Olins and Dave Edwards! Plus it's all for a good cause-Every Penny to Cancer Research!! Get yerselves to the Boston Music Room in Tufnell Park on the 18th December folks! Neil (this time-of lead!!! Yikes)

For no apparent reason, I'll request "Things Will Never Be the Same" by the Just Four Men (or Four Just Men, I can never remember). I know The Kaisers covered this gem on their live in the US CD.

Hi Greg O,

Brad, Neil and Johnny have kept the set list so secret that they have not even told me. I am guessing there will a couple of songs with an 'E' chord in them so I play that one to practice with and jump up and down at the same time. I have ordered a new waistcoat, and even bought a new string but my hair may not arrive in time so don't be suprised if I show up without any . . .

You're right though - The Four Men (Just) 45 record is fab!

I'm looking forward to some great music for a great cause, and seeing some twisters on the floor too!

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Rapiers Favourites

  • Ace Cafe London
    Great English fry-ups on the North Circular, real Rapiersland.
  • Ace Records
    Re-issuers of "1961", originally issued in 1987.
  • Amersham Rock 'n' Roll Club
    See the stars up close and personal at this Buckinghamshire hot spot.
  • Fury Records
    The rock 'n' roll specialty label behind most of The Rapiers' recordings.
  • Joe Meek Society
    Delve into the life and times of Britain's 1st independent record producer.
  • Joe Meek Yahoo! Group
    Ongoing discussion of Meekdom news and happenings.
  • John Leyton
    "Johnny Remember Me", "Wild Wild" and "Son This Is She" are his hits, spectacularly rendered by The Rapiers.
  • Kaisers
    Musical kin to The Rapiers, pride of Scotland, Beatmeisters first class.
  • Liam Watson
    White Coat proprietor of Toe Rag Studios, our lads' preferred recording studio.
  • Mike Berry
    Another original from the Joe Meek stable of stars.
  • My Generation Yahoo! Group
    Focusing on '60s BritPop stars like The Searchers.
  • Official Monster Raving Loony Party
    Founded by Screaming Lord Sutch, OMRLP offers voters sense and sensibility at each by-election.
  • Palm Door Films
    LA-based documentarians behind "A Life in the Death of Joe Meek".
  • Pipeline Magazine
    The instrumental rock review also sponsors an annual Easter convention.
  • Shadow Music
    Ground Zero for all things Shadows: music, comment, clubs and more.
  • Telstar The Movie
    The Rapiers make bit cameos in director Nick Moran's 2009 biopic of the rise and fall of producer Joe Meek.
  • YouTube
    Saving you the trouble of keying in "Rapiers".


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