In 2017 Cape Town top 90’s noise-pop band The Dollyrockers reformed for two hugely popular shows at The Grand Daddy and Jason’s. The band was made up of core members, Greg Donnelly (vocals, guitar), Anthony Bull (bass), Arnold Vermaak (drums) Stuart Crawford-Browne of Kilter (guitar) and Lonesome Dave Ferguson (harmonica).
Formed from the ashes of Penguins In Bondage and Attic Muse, they preceded the South African rock explosion of the 90s, producing songs like Suicide Annie, Ziggy Played Bizarre and Walk Right Through Me.
The group went on to release three full length albums: The Dollyrockers, Glory Glory and The Heat, as well as the vinyl EP Consume Me – all produced by former guitarist Pitchie Rommelaere.
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Songs like Ziggy Played Bizarre and Suicide Annie rose to the top of Barney Simon’s Alternative Charts and Book I Write was included on a KFM CD compilation. All of this was achieved before local quotas existed on SA radio playlists.
Their songs have been used in soundtracks for movies such as Once Upon A Roadtrip and Twist. The band also penned the theme song for TV series, Couch Trip and Sleepy Town was used in the TV series Going Nowhere Slowly. Lovesong off their final album was listed on the 1001 South African Songs You Must Hear Before You Go Deaf.
After their successful reunion shows they were approached by One F Music, run by Paul Riekert of Battery 9 and David Sass, to release a double CD retrospective called Dive – A Collection. CD1 consisted of studio material remastered by Paul and CD2 consisted of live material from various shows and included the hard-to-find Live At The Playground recordings which were only previously released on cassette.
These recordings are a real snapshot into the world of the Cape Town live music scene of the 90s. The band also released a limited edition 7” vinyl consisting of Suicide Annie and Lovesong.
The Dollyrockers 2019 shows
Fri, 12 April – Black Irish, Scher Street, Durbanville, with Latpatrollie
Wed, 17 April – Cafe Roux, Noordhoek Farm Village
Sat, 20 April – Scary Canary, 255 Long Street, Cape Town, with Latpatrollie
Who: The Dollyrockers
Contact: Andrew Shelly, firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen to The Dollyrockers: https://onefmusic.bandcamp.com/album/dive-a-collection