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The Deluxtone Rockets

Swing Revival / Rockabilly
Muskegon, Michigan, USA

The Deluxtone Rockets is a band from Muskegon, Michigan. They began as a punk band called Between Thieves, but by the time of signing to Tooth & Nail Records it had evolved into a swing revival outfit.

Their first album, which was self-titled, was produced by Gene Eugene and Dennis Danell. They wrote their own songs, and their musical style and lyrics were often compared to The W's, but John Brown's lead vocals were likened to The Mighty Mighty Bosstones' Dicky Barrett or The Reverend Horton Heat.

In their second album, Green Room Blues, the group dropped the horn section entirely and shifted to a rockabilly sound. The album's title reflects the fact that both Eugene and Danell died in early 2000, during production of the album. Though Danell had not been involved in the production, Eugene had been, and was replaced by Chris Colbert. The album has a darker mood than their debut effort, though its lyrics still reflect the faith of John Brown. The album also contained a cover of The Cure's “Lovesong.”

2000 was generally reported as a bad year for the band; they were unable to play shows regularly because in addition to recording difficulties, their drummer left. They were able to get Rodney from The Calicoes to fill in occasionally, and thus played at Cornerstone and other festivals. Also, one night their van caught fire and was totaled, though they still managed to play that night.

Discography

1998 Demo
1999 The Deluxtone Rockets Tooth & Nail Records
2001 Green Room Blues Tooth & Nail Records
2009 New Material Demo

Demo

1998 Independent

John Brown – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Chad Harjer – Rhythm guitar
Jimmy Van Boxel – Upright Bass, BGV's
Jason Sorn – Drums
Joel Montavani – Sax
Tim Harvell “Timmy Tahoe” – Trumpet, BGV's

  1. God's Cadillac
  2. Tijuana Jumpin Bean
  3. Long Road Home
  4. In Your World
  5. Be Bop a Go Go
  6. Mexican Stratocaster

The Deluxtone Rockets

1999 Tooth & Nail Records (TND 1139)

Johnny Rocketti - Guitar, vocals
Jimmy Dean - Bass
Jason Sorn - Drums
Jacob Dykema - Tenor saxophone
Richard Mittwede - Trombone
Tim Tahoe - Trumpet

  1. Tijuana Jumping Bean (3:25)
  2. Green-Eyed Cat (3:21)
  3. Long Road Home (3:31)
  4. Be Bop a Go Go (2:30)
  5. You Get Burned (4:04)
  6. Rev It Up (3:37)
  7. Hi-Fi Daddy (4:09)
  8. Johnny in the Mirror (4:15)
  9. God's Cadillac (2:28)
  10. Rumble With the Devil (3:57)
  11. Kitten (4:15)

Green Room Blues

2001 Tooth & Nail Records (TND1181)

John Brown - Vocals, guitar
Lonnie Pease - Guitar
Jimmy Van Boxelv - Bass
Jason Feltman - Drums

Frank Lenz - Percussion
Lee Jeffries - Steel Guitar

  1. Broken Heart (2:54)
  2. Love Song (3:10)
  3. Darkest Night (3:41)
  4. 2000 Miles (3:49)
  5. Downslide (2:39)
  6. Costa Mesa (1:22)
  7. Redemption (3:10)
  8. Doin' Time (2:16)
  9. Open Road (5:42)
  10. Wolftown Blues (3:24)
  11. Judgement Day (2:31