The Blue Cats

British Neo-Rockabilly band that started in the late 70s. The original line-up consisted of Dave Phillips, Carlo Edwards, Stef Edwards and Clive Osborne. In 1982 Dave Phillips left the band to start with Dave Phillps And The Hot Rod Gang. He was replaced by singer Clint Bradley.

They were very active in the 80s and 90s as spearheads of the British Neo-Rockabilly movement which combined the old traditional Rockabilly from the states with modern wave influences. Eindhoven has always been on the agenda, and the Rocking Rebels were always there. The comeback in 2012 earning them Europe/world wide recognition again. 


All members knew Tony Martin who ran Red Hot Records, and it started for them in the seventies with The Blue Cat Trio and Little Tony and the Tennessee Rebels. When Tony arranged a meeting, Clint Bradley and Mitch Caws met Carlo and Stef Edwards came together at the St Hellier Arms in south London one morning in 1980.

From the first chord it clicked, man did it click! Four teenagers full of expectation giving it some in the front room of Stef and Carlo’s place. They put together a set with Clive Osbourne (Rocking Mont Oz) on Sax, and played their first gig together in Holland, The Eindhoven festival and it ROCKED!


Late 1980 (around November) Clint Bradley and Mitch Caws replaced Dave Phillips in the Blue Cat Trio which became the Blue Cats. The Blue Cats wanted to take Rockabilly on to another plain, to pay homage to everything about it they loved but also add the energy and vitality of their own contemporary musical surroundings. The early eighties was an exciting time to be forming a band regardless of what music you were into. The whole post punk thing was happening and new clubs were springing up all over the place.
The Blue Cast had to deal with a lot of opposition in the beginning, but it was their way or nothing. That first gig in Holland was a great kick off.

Singles at the time of fame:        

 - Fight Back
 - Wild Night
 - Live Fast, Die Young
 - Jump Cat Jump
 - Billy Ruffians (2012)


favortit albums:
- Fight Back - The Blue Cats (1981)
- Wild Night (1981)

Carlo Edwards, Dave Philips and Stefano Edwards

In January 1980 Tony and the Tennessee Rebels recorded an EP  with three original songs written by Clint Bradley (Slap That Bass, Rock The Barn, Roll On Baby) and one cover (Ten Little Women). End 1980 Clint Bradley and Mitch Caws replaced Dave Phillips in the Blue Cat Trio which then became the famous ''Blue Cats'', we now until far into the 21th century.

Clint and Stefano playing at the Vlucht in the early days (two rebels in the foreground)

Announcement for 11-07-1979 

Fightback Single

Orginal poster 11-07-1979

Eindhoven 1981

Optreden in de grote zaal van Dynamo 11-1981  (zie video hier onder)

In the video above of the 1981 gig at Dynamo's big room, amongst others we see rebel Mari van den Gevel dancing in the white shirt @0.26, and Harrie de kid in his Rocking  Rebel jacket @2.25.
The above video was made during the 5th anniversary of Klaas Westerbeek's Mac Taple fanclub at venue: 'De Beurs', St Oedenrode near Eindhoven.  Besides Mac Taple, the Hillbilly Caps, The Blue Cats were playing.  It was the only performance on the continent with the original line up.  It became a wild and unforgetable night with visitors from Germany, Belgium. We had a mix of traditional rockers, Mac Taple fans, Teddy Boys and a lot of neo rockabillies. On the very first Clint Bradley yell, a huge pogo dance busrted loose, and brought the audience to extremes. Some traditionals were under the impression that a huge fight was started, so they kicked in and started to fight back.

Carlo en Gestel with the original 1979 Rocking Rebel flag 

Bluecats in de Effenaar 1992

2012 - Blue Cats in the Rambler

2018 - Poster Alstadt

Ruud - September 2018 - Altstadt

September 2018 - Altstadt

Ruud and Steve

vol op de bek

Melkbus Dordrecht 05-05-2019 - Henri Steve Marleen Davy

Frans Paul Stefano Twannie  
Hrieps 2016

2018 Frans en Toon at Steve's house (UK)

Altstadt 2018 

The Blue Cats

at 40 years Rocking Rebels 2019                            (Foto: steffietheflame)

Fire can burn you (watch out) The world can turn you The things that you don't wanna do Now the time has come to you to learn People can be cruel Words can smash you And make you feel that you are a dog Not the person you once thought you were One, two, three, four! Fight back don't let 'em get you Fight back don't let 'em fool you Fight back make a stand Try to make 'em understand solo A rich man a poor man Why can't they understand That old little devil won't die Just like the birds up in the sky, oh why Maybe next monday The world will crumble And what will this earth become Apart from a burning sun, I ask you! Fight back don't let 'em get you Fight back don't let 'em fool you Fight back make a stand Try to make 'em understand solo Be free and let live And maybe you'll give The people you both love and hate And you're meanin' to celebrate their live Too late to learn, too late to learn You're too late to learn....


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