Rose Tattoo – Rock ‘n’ Roll Outlaw

My mother had Rose Tattoo’s great 1978 debut LP when I was a kid. She was pretty cool, my mum.

This is classic straight ahead, no holds barred, good time, ballsy and bluesy hard rock boogie. Great vocals, great slide guitar and an overall sound that’s a cross between The Faces and the Sex Pistols. Plus you get all that guff about rock ‘n’ roll as salvation and escape.

The lead singer is Angry Anderson. What he was angry about, I don’t really know. It could have been about the fact that he was only four foot seven or something. But then again, judging by the way he spreads his legs on stage to make himself seem even smaller, that may not have been the case. Still: grrr.

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