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The Fireball XL 5 started as a Neorockabilly outfit in early 1982. The band was formed by Mark Kelf (v) and his schoolmate Kevin Parfitt (d). They added Johnny Bridgwood (b) and Mark " Thorny" Thorne (g). As Kevin decided to back out, he was replaced by Ian Cooper. The last lad, to join the band, was Neil " Mustard " Samuel on rhythm guitar and the lineup was complete. The quintet started to gig around and recorded a ten track demo, that was send to Northwood Records. The band had two 7´´ releases and a complete work album with the record company, everything produced by Boz Boorer. In  December 1984  Thorne and Jon Bridgwood- who went on to join the Sting-rays- left the band because of musical differences. Mark Kelf tried to renew the band with Gavin Peak (b) and a guy called Robin on guitar, but Fireball XL 5 appeared to be over.

Fireball XL 5 emerged in the early 80´s with their unique mixture of raw Rockabilly and Hillbilly blended with a booster dose of Punk energy and an enthusiastic style of play, which they called " epileptic hillbilly "back then. Their reputation as one of the top live acts made them a well liked supporting act for premier bands such like The Meteors or Guana Batz, too.

 

Discography:

Singles: Rockin´ Shoes(1983)--The Man With No Name(1984)

Albums: Go For It(???)

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