English rockabilly band Matchbox – Major Matchbox in Australasia – formed in 1971 and still active. Possibly their best known hit is ’79’s Rockabilly Rebel.
- Matchbox formed in Middlesex, England, in 1971.
- Still active today, the band has had various line-ups but two, Jimmy Redhead and Fred Poke have remained throughout. Steve Bloomfield, who wrote a number of their hit songs, has been with the band since 1976.
- Matchbox appeared in the 1980 film Blue Suede Shoes which detailed the revival of 1950s rock ‘n’ roll music scene at the time.
- Matchbox’s biggest hits include Rockabilly Rebel (1979), Midnite Dynamos (1980), and a cover version of The Crickets’ When You Ask About Love. The latter was their only top five hit.
- In Australasia, Matchbox was known as Major Matchbox because an Australian band had beaten them to the name.
- In recent years the band has been playing live throughout Europe, especially in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Finland and Sweden.
- In all, the band has released 11 albums, a number of those compilations. Their last true studio album was Coming Home in 1998. Their last single was from their 1982 album, Crossed Line – it was produced by Kirsty MacColl.
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- Rockabilly Rebel was written by Steve Bloomfield and recorded by Matchbox.
- It featured on the band’s self-titled 1979 album, Matchbox; Major Matchbox in Australasia.
- Rockabilly Rebel peaked at #18 on the UK singles chart.
- Rockabilly Rebel lyrics.
rockabilly rebel – matchbox – 1979 – video
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