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Friday 16 October 2020


2020 Charity Shop Purchase 44 - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - B.R.M.C


Huntly is a pleasant little town in rural Aberbeenshire although I much prefer its previous name of Milton of Strathbogie.However, the town centre on the Tuesday we visited resembled a ghost town with hardly a soul about. Probably due in no small part to the huge Tesco on the main road bordering the town. It did however have a couple of charity shops.

Llke me I'm sure that many of you recognise the cover of B.R.M.C. the 2001 debut album of San Francisco band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. I was familiar with the cover but not necessarily the music.

I would describe them as a cross between The Strokes and The Black Keys although I'm not necessarily sure whether in  agood way or a bad way. I seem to remember a fair bit of hype when this came out.Some of the songs , like the two below are not too bad. Heck, the second one even featured in a Vin Diesel film and Skins. The jury is still out as to whether it is a keeper or not. Another couple of listens are probably required.

It seems that they have released another further seven albums (all with black and white covers) but my curiosity is pretty much sated.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Whatever Happened to my Rock'n'Roll (punk song)

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Spread Your Love


  1. I've got the first three albums CC, not sure why I bought two and threeas the first just sounded like Automatic era Mary Chain to me.

  2. I've always liked BRMC, they haven't made a duff record to my ears, though some are better than others. Check out Howl (which is a more acoustic-driven bluesy effort) and Baby 81 which is probably my fave album of theirs.

    1. Have to agree! BMRC managed to stay out of that New Millennium hype that bands like The Strokes survived on. I get the JAMC comparisons and I think they do Dark Boogie much more successfully than Primal Scream.

  3. If you're anything like me 'Another couple of listens are required' means you'll end up keeping it! After two more plays it'll have become familiar all seasoned music fans know, familiarity is the enemy of the person looking to trim his/her music library. Let it go. As Bob Mortimer says on Gone Fishing "And.....away"