Rockabilly Rebel – Matchbox – 1979

matchbox-rockabilly_rebel_sEnglish rockabilly band Matchbox – Major Matchbox in Australasia – formed in 1971 and still active.  Possibly their best known hit is ’79’s Rockabilly Rebel.

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  • 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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