Paul Collins' Beat, Swingin' Neckbreakers, The Bamboo Kids, The Insomniacs

Paul Collins' Beat

Rock icon and cult favorite Paul Collins got his start with Peter Case and Jack Lee in 1974. Their band The Nerves toured with The Ramones and recorded a song called "Hanging On The Telephone." The song would later become a hit when covered by Deborah Harry and Blondie on the Parallel Lines album.

Paul Collins formed The Beat in 1977, recruiting members of various rock bands including Steven Huff..., Larry Whitman, Dennis Conway and Michael Ruiz. The result was The Beat, a high energy rock group in the style of The Ramones, Blondie and The Dictators. As the story goes, Collins was awarded a record deal with CBS thanks to his friend Eddie Money and Bill Graham Management. The Beat played with many bands, including The Jam, Pere Ubu, The Police, Eddie Money, The Plimsouls and Huey Lewis. The Beat became Paul Collins' Beat when a ska band from UK began using The Beat as their moniker.

Paul Collins' Beat continued to tour and record albums throughout the '80s, with The Kids Are The Same, Beat Or Not To Beat, Long Time Gone, Live At Universal and their final album One Night, released in 1989. Paul Collins set out on a solo career, recording the self-titled Paul Collins album in 1992. This country/rock all-star album included special guests such as Greg Kihn, Cyril Jordan (Flamin Groovies), Jeff Trott (Sheryl Crow), Chuck Prophet, Dave Immergluck (Counting Crows) and key members of Chris Isaak's band. 1993 brought the sophomore release by The Paul Collins Band, entitled From Town To Town. This album was released by Caroline Records and featured a country rock sound similar to The Byrds.

A new version of the band Paul Collins' Beat surfaced more recently and resulted in an album of new material entitled Flying High. Considered to be their best to date, Flying High is a solid record, done half acoustic and half electric. The album gets back to the classic sound of The Beat, while combining the raw energy of Collins' solo works. Flying High is available from the official Paul Collins' Beat website and Lucinda Records International. Paul Collins' Beat play clubs, music halls and arenas, touring Japan, USA, Spain, UK, Italy and France among others. Expect Paul Collins' Beat to play in your city very soon!

The Bamboo Kids

The Bamboo Kids are an American rock and roll trio formed in Brooklyn, New York City (New York, U.S.), first signed to Norwegian label Big Dipper Records in 2003 and now Brooklyn, NY label Drug Front Records.

The Insomniacs

THE INSOMNIACS - BEHIND THE MUSIC The Insomniacs' debut 7","My Favorite Story" on Umbrella Records was released in 1991. The follow-up 7","Time Ticks By" (also on Umbrella) was released in the Fall of 1992. On the strength of their first 2 singles, Outer Limits Records in Berlin approached the band about recording a single as the label's premier release. Soon thereafter, Estrus Records (who were distributing the Umbrella and Outer Limits records), released a 6 song self-titled 10" EP (commonly known as 'the ghoul record'). In early 1994, the band traveled to Europe to commence a mini-tour of Germany and Amsterdam to promote the singles and 10". 1994 came to a close with Outer Limits rush-releasing the "Sylvia Gray" EP and an appearance in Athens, GA at the Beefstock extravaganza. In the Fall of 1995, the band once again headed south for a mini-tour to promote their "Wake Up!" compilation on Estrus. Later in the year, The Insomniacs guested at the Estrus Records Midwest Invitationals in Chicago alongside The Monomen and other Estrus label mates. Taking a break from recording, the band performed at the Crap Out Festival in Las Vegas and a Caravan of Estrus Recording Stars tour of California. The band's full-length "Out Of It" was released in March of 1997. Once again, the band followed the scent of barbecue pork and headed south to Atlanta for Fuzzfest '97. In the fall of that year, the band continued their festival motif with appearances at Leon, Spain's Purple Weekend, NYC'S Cavestomp Festival, Bellingham, WA's Garage Shock, and took part in the Monomen's farewell shows in Chicago. In 1998, they did a mini-tour of the Midwest on their own. In November of 1998, the band released a new 7" on Estrus, "Guilt Free". At the start of 1999, the band returned to Spain for a week long tour and another trip to Bellingham for Garage Shock '99. In the summer of 2000, the band traveled to Sin City to guest at the fabulous "Las Vegas Grind." "Get Something Going!" was released on September 5th, 2000, on Estrus Records. Another Midwest tour followed in support of the new record, culminating in appearance at Little Steven's Cavestomp Concert Series in New York City. The band headed back into the studios in the Spring of 2002 to record the "Maryanne Lightly" single, the first new Insomniacs product in nearly two years (and a featured "Coolest Song In The World" on Little Steven's Underground Garage syndicated radio show). Late 2003, The Insomniacs began recording sessions that would produce their latest LP/CD, "Switched On!". NEWS FLASH: New recordings began in 12/09 for an upcoming full-length due out in Fall of 2010 with newest boy, Joel, on the drummer's throne. DISCOGRAPHY My Favorite Story b/w Sunshine Girl and Nothing Is Real, 7" e.p., Umbrella Records, 9/91 Time Ticks By c/w The World Disappears, 7" single, Umbrella Records, 11/92 Going Out of My Mind b/w I've Got Mine and Grey, 7" e.p., Outer Limits Records, 12/93 The Insomniacs six-song 10" e.p., Estrus Records, 3/94 Sylvia Gray b/w Feel, Feel, Feel and Gaby, 7" e.p., Outer Limits Records, 12/94 Wake Up!, CD, Estrus Records, 3/95 Sounds of the Estrus Invitationals Mid-West Division, 7" e.p., Estrus Records, 11/95 (one live track) Already Down c/w Jump and Dance, 7" single, Estrus Records, 4/96 Live at Brownie's, CD, Feralette Records, 5/96 ("Crystal Clear" live) Out of It, Lp/Cd, Estrus Records, 3/97. Fuzzfest '97 promotional only 7" single, 5/97 (one track-"Let Me, Take Me"). Estrus Fireshock Benefit Compilation, CD, Man's Ruin Records, 10/97 (one track-"You Can Be My Baby"). Guilt Free 7" 4/99 Estrus Records Cavestomp '97 compilation, Cd, Cavestomp Records, 11/99 (one track-"Already Down" (Live)). Get Something Going!, Lp/Cd, Estrus Records, 9/00. Mary Ann Lightly 7" Estrus Records 07/02. News of the World compilation, Cd, Howitzer Records, 8/02 (one track-"That's Alright") Playing Favourites CD compilation (1 track-"Ye Fayre Heir"), Illustrious Artists, 1/04. "Switched On!" CD/LP, Estrus Records, 8/04. Superfuzz compilation, Cd, Lowfly Records, '05 (one track "Maryanne Lightly" alternate 45 mix) "Bout My Love" 7" , Slovenly Records, 6/05. Currently, the band is recording material for their next full-length, due out Fall of 2010.


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