IMELDA MAY GOT A BOOM BOOM

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Happy birthday, Imelda May! Johnny got a boom boom!

Today, 10 July, is Imelda May’s birthday.⁣
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⁣This Irish singer was first known for her musical style—and fashion: that trademark blonde streak and leopard-print dress!—of rockabilly revival; she had adored rockabilly since encountering Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran on a tape she borrowed from her brother’s bedroom aged 13. Her second studio album, Love Tattoo, with the debut single “Johnny Got a Boom Boom” made her gained significant popularity in Ireland and the United Kingdom.⁣
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⁣She made her solid breakthrough after she met with a booking agent for Jools Holand. The guy gave May a support slot for Holland at Kew Gardens, London, quickly followed by a 10-date tour. Immediately, record companies started calling. She then signed with Decca.⁣
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⁣In July 2015, she was asked by independent.ie whether her next album would retain her rockabilly sound, a big mistake million-dollar question.⁣
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⁣“People see my hair and they think rockabilly, and I mean there’s a lot of rockabilly in what I do, but there’s equal amount of blues and jazz and there’s all kind of genres. It happens all the time that people ask about it and people presume, but I’m not a rockabilly artist and I never have been.’⁣
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⁣Oh well, happy birthday and thanks for your contribution to rockabilly, Imelda May!⁣

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Cover photo via NPR.
Slide photo via Azaria Magazine.

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Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.
Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.

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