Dumpy’s Rusty Nuts are a British rock band founded in 1981 by the lead singer Graham “Dumpy” Dunnell. Though unsuccessful as recording artists the band have been a successful and popular live act for decades. The band attracted a cult following for their live performances in small rock venues. Playing classic blues rock, their initial audiences were drawn from the new wave of British heavy metal and ‘Bikers’ and they became particularly well-known at the London Marquee Club, where they were a regular and popular attraction. In the early to mid-1980s the band toured extensively around the UK playing at small rock/’Biker’ pub and club venues including the Isle of Man TT, and music festivals, cementing their name and following.
The band were not successful recording artists, preferring to concentrate on live work. They released a debut single “Just For Kicks” in June 1982 but in order to get airplay the band had to change their name to “Dumpy’s Rusty Bolts”. Sales of the single were poor, and the original band name was restored. A second single, “Box Hill Or Bust”, was released. Subsequent sporadic releases have only found favour with their small core audience.
They released a double live album, Somewhere in England, in 1984, which was recorded at the Marquee Club.
Despite the group’s longevity, they became for a time a favourite target for mockery from the British music press, especially Melody Maker, where they were regularly portrayed as claiming to be jumping on the latest improbable bandwagon in the humorous section “Talk Talk Talk” written by David Stubbs.
As of 2010, the band is still performing in small venues, music festivals and bike rallies across Europe. The band has toured with and supported many bands including Hawkwind, Motörhead and Status Quo. (by wikipedia)
Dumpy’s Rusty Nuts are a biker rock band in every sense of the term — not only do they play the sort of loud, heavy, riff-driven bar boogie you’d expect, but singer and lead guitarist Graham “Dumpy” Dunnell actually started out as a motorcycle mechanic before making the switch to rock & roll. Dunnell’s first gig was with a pub rock band called Borzoi, which didn’t survive the punk revolution; he briefly joined an Elvis Costello-influenced new wave band called the Rivvits before deciding it didn’t reflect his musical taste. In 1981, Dunnell formed a boozy blues/boogie unit called Dumpy’s Dirt Band; early the following year, he assembled the more focused Dumpy’s Rusty Nuts, with bassist Mac McKensie and drummer Chris Hussey. In June 1982, Dumpy’s Rusty Nuts issued their debut single, “Just for Kicks,” which became a minor metal hit in the U.K. The follow-up, “Boxhill or Bust,” became a British biker anthem; it featured new bassist Jeff Brown, and was actually released as Dumpy’s Rusty Bolts since the BBC banned their proper name. Both singles were released on the Blues Band’s house label, Cool King, and the Rusty Nuts’ subsequent tour supporting the Blues Band (the post-Manfred Mann group of Paul Jones) cemented their reputation. By that time, bass duties had passed to Kerry Longford, in a revolving-door situation that would continue for most of the band’s history. Dumpy’s Rusty Nuts released their debut album,
Somewhere in England (which contained their two prior singles), in 1984 and hit the road in support. Hot Lover followed in 1985, as did 1987’s Get Out on the Road — an apt description of the band’s philosophy, since even as their recording activity diminished and their rhythm section personnel came and left, they remained an active touring and performing unit. Starting in 1995, the lineup stabilized with bassist Martin Connolly and drummer Andy Smith, and the band continued to play hard rock and motorcycle festivals around the U.K. (by Steve Huey)
DRN’s roots lie mainly in the Heavy Rock/ Blues music of the late sixties and seventies, taking influences from Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix through to Pink Floyd, Dr Feelgood and Motorhead.
In other words: Heavy Metal meets Blues, Boogie & Rock N Roll … and you can hear a great version of Peter Green´s “Out Of Reach” (from the John Mayall album “So Many Roads”, 1967)
But this crazy album starts with Vivaldi … and than … the ride beginns …
Mark Brabbs (drums)
Graham “Dumpy” Dunnell (guitar, vocals)
Kerry Langford (bass)l
01. It’s Got To Be Blues (Dunnell) 4.21
02. Ride With Me (Dunnell) 4.28
03. I’m A Hog For You Baby (Leiber/Stoller) 3.18
04. Rip It Up (Blackwell/Marascalco) 6.20
05. Night Rider (Dunnell) 2.58
06. Woke Up This Morning (Dunnell) 3.48
07. Look In The Mirror (Dunnell) 6.36
08. Whole Lot Of Blues (Dunnell) 2.48
09. Out Of Reach (Green) 5:27
10. Box Hill Or Bust (Dunnell) 3.07
11. Tush (Gibbons/Hill/Beard) 2.13
12. Just For Kicks (unknown) 3.34
13. Cross Keys (Dunnell) 4.19
14. Wee Wee Baby (Reed) / Wildy Thing (Taylor) (Guitar Jam (Dunnell) 14.18
15. Route 66 (Troup) 2.37
16. Somewhere In England (uncut version with lots of noise and stage announcements) 1.18.34