80sObscurities presents: Screaming Blue Messiahs - 'I Wanna Be A Flintstone'

Posted on 08/07/13

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80sObscurities presents: Screaming Blue Messiahs - 'I Wanna Be A Flintstone'

This 80sObscurities was founded by DJ Rexx Arkana to showcase old, often unknown or forgotten acts and tracks from the decade when electronic music was truly the new wave. Rexx Arkana has been a club/radio DJ and promoter since the mid-80s and headlined festivals on several continents and currently holds a residency at DEFCON, NYC's current longest-running weekly scene party. He is also the founder and lyricist of Brudershaft and one half of harsh electro act FGFC820.

After a brief hiatus, 80sObscurities is back on the board and ready to bring you more obscure tunes from days-gone-by. Since things have been a bit ridiculous lately for your humble host – hence my unexpected sabbatical – I’ve decide to restart things here today with a song that’s a bit ridiculous in its own right.

Pub-rockers Screaming Blue Messiahs were formed in London in 1983 by guitarist/vocalist Bill Carter, bassist Chris Thompson and drummer Kenny Harris. Between 1983 and 1990, the band released three major label LPs and toured extensively throughout Europe, North America and Australia. Equal parts R&B and rockabilly flavored with a strong taste for Americana – comparisons to The Cramps are largely inevitable – the band was often honored by the music press for their quirky compositions and expert musicianship. The Messiahs played out loudly and often and racked up multiple appearances on BBC Radio and various television programs, appealing to their ever-increasing fan base, which at one time included the estimable David Bowie, who was quoted by “Musician” magazine as calling them: “the best band I've heard out of England in a long time.”

In January 1988, the band released a reworked version of their track “I Wanna Be A Flintstone” and it became an immediate chart hit, peaking at #28. The high times were short-lived, however, as just two years later the band was dropped from their recording contract and split up for good. Each of the members has stayed active musically but, despite numerous rumors over the years, they’ve never reformed the band. Without further ado, here’s Screaming Blue Messiahs with “I Wanna Be A Flintstone.”

It’s good to be back.

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If you've got a favorite musical memory from the 80s that you'd like to share, email Rexx your requests at rexxarkana@gmail.com . Rexx Arkana's 80sObscurities previous playlists are also available on Facebook and YouTube.

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