Album: Katmen, The Katmen Cometh (Decca)

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Katmen are Slim Jim Phantom, the snare-beating Stray Cat, and Darrel Higham, who twangs a fat Gretsch behind his wife, Imelda May, plus bassist Al Gare.

The Katmen Cometh is a strangely anachronistic artefact which might have been recorded in 1956, 1981 or indeed last March, in Hampshire: rockabilly travels well in both time and space. Of course it doesn't have an original bone in its bod, but that doesn't mean it won't rock you. And yes, Imelda's on it, briefly.