The Meteors are an English psychobilly band formed in 1980. Originally from London, England, they are often credited with giving the psychobilly subgenre—which fuses punk rock with rockabilly—its distinctive sound and style. Though the origins of psychobilly are debated, The Meteors are the first band to self-identify as psychobilly, and are often credited with the distinction of being the only "pure" psychobilly band among fans of the subgenre.
The Meteors blend elements of punk rock, rockabilly, and horror film themes in their music. The Meteors articulated psychobilly's apolitical stance, a reaction to the right- and left-wing political attitudes which divided other British youth cultures. Fans of the Meteors, known as "the Crazies", are often attributed with inventing the style of slam dancing known as "wrecking", which became synonymous with the psychobilly.
Links to Peel
The band first received attention from Peel in 1981, with the "Meteor Madness" EP on Ace Records/Chiswick, and they recorded a session for his show in that year. Peel supported the group with airplay and several more sessions for his programmes, but by the mid 80's he lost interest in their music and rarely played much of the band's new material.
Although the Meteors top the list of artists with most indie album chart entries in the 1980s, with 12, the band failed to gain the wider recognition of many other Peel session bands of the era, perhaps reflecting the proudly retro style of their music and image.
- Voodoo Rhythm / Love You To Death / Rockabilly Psychosis / My Daddy Is A Vampire / Rockhouse
- Ain't Gonna Bring Me Down / You Crack Me Up / Lonesome Train / Long Blonde Hair
- Stampede / Deep Dark Jungle / Surf City / I'm Just A Dog
- Torture / Meat Is Meat / Bertha Lou / Maniac
Other Shows Played
- 22 April 1981: Voodoo Rhythm (EP – Meteor Madness) Chiswick/Ace
- 27 April 1981: You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down (7” – Meteor Madness) Ace
- 29 April 1981: Maniac Rockers From Hell
- 03 May 1981 (BFBS): You Can't Keep A Good Man Down (7” – Meteor Madness) Ace
- 28 May 1981: Radioactive Kid (7") Chiswick
- 02 June 1981: Radioactive Kid (7") Chiswick
- 07 June 1981 (BFBS): Radioactive Kid (7") Chiswick
- 09 June 1981 (John Walters): Maniac Rockers From Hell (10" promo EP - Meteor Madness) Ace
- 03 September 1981 (BFBS): Maniac Rockers From Hell (split album with Screaming Lord Sutch - Meteors Meet Screaming Lord Sutch) Ace
- 15 October 1981: Shout So Loud (album - In Heaven) Lost Soul
- 15 October 1981 (BFBS): The Crazed (7") Lost Soul
- 20 October 1981: The Room (LP - In Heaven) Lost Soul
- 22 October 1981 (BFBS): Earwigs In My Brain (album - In Heaven) Lost Soul
- 25 October 1981 (BFBS): Psycho For Your Love (album - In Heaven) Lost Soul
- 12 November 1981 (BBC World Service): Teenagers From Outer Space (album - In Heaven) Lost Soul
- 06 December 1981 (BFBS): The Crazed (7") Lost Soul
- 27 January 1982 (BFBS): Earwigs In My Brain (album - In Heaven) Lost Soul
- 20 September 1982: My Daddy Is A Vampire (7") Ace
- 19 January 1983 (BFBS): Johnny Remember Me (7") I.D.
- 20 February 1983 (BFBS): Axe Attack (album - Wreckin' Crew) I.D.
- 03 October 1983: Maniac Rockers From Hell (album - The Meteors Live) Wreckin'
- 12 October 1983 (BFBS): Maniac Rockers From Hell (album - The Meteors Live) Wreckin'
- 05 November 1983 (BFBS): Graveyard Stomp (v/a album - Blood On The Cats) Anagram
- 08 November 1983: Wipeout (album - The Meteors Live) Wreckin'
- 08 November 1983: Maniac Rockers From Hell (album - The Meteors Live) Wreckin'
- 08 November 1983: Lonesome Train (album - The Meteors Live) Wreckin'
- 08 November 1983: I Ain't Ready (album - The Meteors Live) Wreckin'
- 30 January 1984: 'Wreckin' Crew (LP-Wreckin' Crew)' (People Like You)
- 12 November 1984 (BFBS): Electro (7" - I’m Just A Dog) Mad Pig
- 19 November 1984: Eat The Baby (album - Stampede!) Mad Pig
- 26 November 1984: Kit Boy (LP - Stampede!) Mad Pig
- 05 December 1984: Eat The Baby (LP - Stampede!) Mad Pig (JP: 'Not for me, I'm a vegetarian')
- 13 May 1985: Shout So Loud
- 20 May 1985: Fire, Fire (7") Mad Pig
- 02 June 1985 (BFBS) / Peel 013 (BFBS): 'Fire, Fire (7")' (Mad Pig)
- Peel 020 (BFBS): 'Bad Moon Rising (7")' (Mad Pig) (JP: 'See what I mean? Not very exciting really, is it?')
- 30 September 1988 (BFBS): 'Voodoo Rhythm (7"-Meteor Madness)' (Ace)
- 27 August 1994: ‘The Napoleon Solo (CD - Teenagers From Outer Space)' Big Beat