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Breaking News “Rocky and the Natives” Track “Friendly Man in Blue” Features on Maverick Magazines January 2014 CD

Breaking News “Rocky and the Natives” Track “Friendly Man in Blue” Features on Maverick Magazines January 2014 CD

Jan 15, 2014

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  Rumblings and Rows over the Album Artwork

Sep 13, 2013

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So? What have all the rumblings and rows over the album art work been about? Poor Chameleon L has booked into an asylum!!! Here’s the text of the Yard Dog Records press release. Does it follow Chameleon’s advice and (like him) reveal almost all? ALBUM COVER ROW ROCKS THE NATIVES The debut album “Let’s...

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    So? What have all the rumblings and rows over the album art work been about? Poor Chameleon L has booked into an asylum!!!

    Here’s the text of the Yard Dog Records press release. Does it follow Chameleon’s advice and (like him) reveal almost all?

    ALBUM COVER ROW ROCKS THE NATIVES

    The debut album “Let’s Hear It for the Old Guys” from Kent based country rockers “Rocky and the Natives” is mired in controversy just weeks before its release date.

    A leaked copy of the album artwork has provoked a storm of condemnation. Clint “Quickdraw” Kincade, spokesman for the Tunbridge Wells based Country Records Appreciation Society (CRAPPS) condemned the cover art as totally unsuitable for a “so called” country album. “I am disgusted” said Kincade. “The finger is just too provocative for the country music market. It might be OK for that drum and bass noise but it just won’t do in the country music world”.

    Spokesman for Yard Dog Records, Chameleon Lycra admitted that the label had mixed up the art work. “The Rocky and the Natives cover had been intended for the new XXNNXXNNX DUBZZZZZ album. XXN etc is a bit miffed that his album cover shows a picture of 5 old blokes perched on a haystack wearing ill fitting cowboy hats”, Chameleon explained , adding “It’s true that Rocky and the Natives are more hip op than hip hop but we are now bound by contracts to go ahead”.

    Meanwhile in Boston Massachusetts the Charles Dickens Appreciation Society of New England has protested that Rocky and the Natives have gratuitously mispronounced the name of Miss Havisham in the song “Wedding Day Blues” simply to make it rhyme with Faversham. Society Chief Augusta Skiffins, a direct descendent of Miss Skiffins from “Great Expectations”, said in a statement:

    “I was modestly wondering whether my utmost ingenuity would have enabled me to say anything. But the good name of Miss Havisham has been used by these songwriters for the sole purpose of enabling a reference to a small market town in Kent, England. I am sure Faversham is a delightful and quaint village but the fact is it just don’t f—–in’ rhyme with Havisham”.

    All this comes at a sensitive time for Rocky and the Natives. Unconfirmed reports and social media comments suggest that the band is riven by internal tensions over the naming of A-list superstars some of them have worked with in the past. Chameleon Lycra intervened to confirm that there was “absolutely no intention of linking Malcolm Barnard and Chris Godden with The Way, Winkle Bill or Pass the Buck”. It was also ““unlikely” that Andy Newmark’s work with John Lennon, George Harrison, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Roxy Music, Carly Simon, Sly Stone—— or Jim Leverton’s time with Steve Marriott, Rory Gallagher, Joe Brown, Cat Stevens, Caravan—- or Geoffrey Richardson’s collaborations with The Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Caravan, Murray Head, Bob Geldof, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Chris De Burgh—- would be used blatantly to promote the band or the album”.

    Rocky and the Natives are said to be bemused and confused by the fuss. In a joint statement they exclaimed: “We do hope this highly damaging and unexpected publicity does not adversely increase album CD and download sales”.

    “LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE OLD GUYS” by Rocky and the Natives is released by Yard Dog Records on Download and CD available from Amazon, i-Tunes, CD Baby and Spotify on 30 September 2013. www.lets-hear-it-for-the-old-guys.com

    Sean Gambrill