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Volume 91, Issue 40

Friday, November 7, 1997

musical chairs


Bill, let's eat out tonight

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"PHEW... I GOTTA LAY OFF THE CHILI BEFORE GIGS." Those spicy rock stars, Cadillac Bill and The Creeping Bent, play at the Whippet Lounge tonight with local act Dr. Deleware and the Extensions.

By Tim Merrill

Gazette Staff

There are many people out there who will tell you that Cadillac Bill is one mad daddy, but don't be fooled. Cadillac Bill is just your normal, average, run-of-the-mill guy who likes to write songs about cannibalism and bog men and plays rock 'n' roll amidst flowing bubble machines and smoking guitars.

In the midst of starting a Canadian tour by playing the Whippet Lounge tonight, Cadillac Bill took a few moments to chew the fat about the new Cadillac Bill and The Creeping Bent limited edition CD-EP, Eating Out.

"Well, at first I started to write about animals and then I started writing about people and somehow it just turned into people eating people," explained Bill.

As an extension to Bill's carnivorous Bent, the title track "People Eating People" was selected as the theme song to Kal Szegvary's motion picture Cannibal Rollerbabes, which is a 35mm feature shot in Toronto. The new CD-EP has the title track on it and is destined to become a true collector's item. "The CD is limited to 500 copies and comes with trading cards of me and the cannibal rollerbabes. The CD is only going to be available at the show and through our label."

To feel a sense of the true presence of Cadillac Bill and The Creeping Bent, however, one must look beyond the kitsch and see them live to witness a true knockdown, rock 'n' roll experience.

"I've always wanted to play rock 'n' roll and make people feel like they wanted to freak out and throw chairs at our shows. There's very few bands anymore that hit the rock 'n' roll nail right on the head. I can think of guys like Bill Hailey and Link Wray, and even punk rock like the Sex Pistols – those guys were able to hit it. I'm tired of all these whimpy bands that are playing ballads and are supposed to be a rock 'n' roll band."

Cadillac Bill and The Creeping Bent take your ears back to the early days of '60s garage rock and channel up with the ghosts of the Troggs, The Kinks and a little surf guitar. While Bill puts the band somewhere between The Cramps and the B-52's, it's clear Cadillac Bill and The Creeping Bent have put their own personal bite on the carcass of rock 'n' roll and manage to give the average Joe more than he can sink his teeth into. There's no doubt Cadillac Bill is a true showman in the Las Vegas sense of the word.

"We just got an eight-foot chrome Cadillac emblem that we're taking on tour with us and it looks really cool. Usually when we play we also have three bubble machines pumping out bubbles and the sparkly curtains, so there's a whole visual thing going on."

If your musical gas tank is running a little low on high octane rock 'n' roll, fill up on Cadillac Bill and The Creeping Bent, playing tonight at the Whippet Lounge.

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