Shakin' Stevens interview
EXCLUSIVE R&S INTERVIEW
By: Rien Wisse
(R & S nr. 6 - april/mei 1974)
n april 15th (1974) we went to Aalten in the Eastern
part of The Netherlands to see a performance of Shakin' Stevens
and the Sunsets, in a festival of mainly popgroups.
their performance I had a talk with Stevens and his manager. Unfortunately
I could not wait to watch their show, but Dick Waanders was there
too and maybe he can complete this article with a review of the
R&S: When did you start in the music business?
I started my first group in 1961.
R&S: What kind of music
did you play at that time?
STEVENS: I played Rock and Roll.
I didn't want to play anything else, because it is very pure and
fine music, that became part of my life. We don't want to do any
concessions. We'll ever stay with this kind of music.
now and then we're doing a bluesnumber, because blues and rock have
the same base.
R&S: Which rock and roll stars do you think
are the greatest?
PAUL BARRET (manager):
Yes, Elvis is very important for us, and don't forget Johnny Burnette.
R&S: Do you know Hank “C” Burnette?
PAUL BARRET: O
yes, we know him from an album on err..
R&S: Maybe Diwa?
R&S: There's a new Diwa album now
with various artists.
BARRET: We are very interested in rock
and roll records, we are collecting them. SUN, and everything released
in the rock and roll field.... we buy it.
Hey, who are on that
R&S: Johnny Rivers, Dave Travis and...
We know him. There is a big competition in England between bands
who play rock and roll. But we know Dave very well. There's also
a discjockey with the same name. Dave's band split up...
STEVENS: Yes, I heard that. But I believe they are still
doing studio work.
R&S: How are things going for the Sunsets
at the moment?
BARRET: Well, we have two new people in the
band since the last time we were in Holland. We have a new guitarplayer
and a new bassguitarplayer.
At the moment we don't have a contract
with any record company, but we think our next English album will
be on CBS or an EMI label.
In Holland we made again recordings
for Dureco. Our new single “Lonesome Town” is out now over here.
If it doesn't reach the charts, we have to look forward to another
Dutch record company. Please write that in your paper. If there's
any Dutch company interested in us, they can contact: Ripper Agency,
51 Queens Road, Penarth, Glamorgan, South Wales.
you tell me something more about the rock and roll situation in
England at the moment?
STEVENS: Bill Haley is on the charts
at the moment. In March we finished a tour with him. Maybe we're
going to do another in the future. This is for us a way to reach
a bigger public.
We are also doing a tour very soon with Duane
Eddy and with Carl Perkins.
R&S: More future plans?
STEVENS: We want to complete our next album.
R&S: Do you
know any Dutch rock and roll groups?
STEVENS: Yes, we've heard
of Toni Macaroni and his Swinging Devils, and I think they are a
real rock and roll group.
But Long Tall Ernie and the Shakers
are a SHIT group. They are only joking rock and roll music.
R&S: Do you know Dutch magazines?
STEVENS: We know Oor,
Aloha and Rockville International.
R&S: Thank you. I have
no more questions.
STEVENS: Good luck with your paper. What
was the name? O yes, Rocking & Stomping... that's a good name.
Thank you for your interest in our band.