The Forgotten Arm: The Polecats

A lot of genres made a comeback during the New Wave era. One of the most prominent examples was ska, but rockabilly and garage rock had their own re-renaissance, albeit a little more modestly. While the two main icons of rockabilly/garage revival were both from America (those being the Stray Cats and The Cramps), the UK supplied one group of juke joint jumpers (and no, I don’t mean Roman Holliday…that’s another post).

Formed in 1977 by Tim “Polecat” Worman, The Polecats only found moderate success. That could be due in part to the fact that the Stray Cats were massively popular in England, and British audiences likely didn’t have the room in their hearts for more than one “Cat”-themed rockabilly band. Despite that, The Polecats scored a few hits, two of which were covers of “John, I’m Only Dancing” and “Jeepster.” The group’s most enduring song, though, was “Make A Circuit With Me,” which was released as a single in 1983 and became a hit in the US. Most recently, “Make A Circuit With Me” was featured in trailers for WALL•E.

Since their heyday, Worman has worked with other rockabilly revivalists (including Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom) in the group 13 Cats. Gutiarist Martin “Boz” Boorer has been working with Morrissey since 1991, and has co-written many of Moz’s best-known tracks. The Polecats perform live every once in a while, though their individual commitments often keep them out of the same area at the same time.

Watch: The Polecats – “Make A Circuit With Me” (1983)

~ by E. on August 25, 2009.

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