Roy Loney & The Phantom Movers - A Hundred Miles An Hour: 1978-1989

Reignited Groovy on a low flame

A Hundred Miles An Hour:

Conspicuous by his
absence after
leaving The Flamin’
Groovies in 1972,
it wasn’t until the
end of the decade that founding
member Loney made his way
back to a recording studio. But
while his former work buddies
evolved and embraced varied
stripes of guitar rock, Roy
seemed stuck in a voodoo
rockabilly rut.

Not that it would have
bothered him too much as,
never one to take the notion of
rock’n’roll as a career too as Love Is A Spider and Panic To
A Manic Degree. On a
preposterous yet charming
calypso reworking of Elvis
Presley’s Return To Sender,
Loney struggles to suppress his
own giggles.

It’s a ragged body of work
with seriously spiralling dips in
quality, though the tongue-in-cheek
strut, Least Magnificent
Moment Of My Life, is worthy of
more than a couple of spins.
Ultimately, the amateurish “will
this do?” ethos is a tad too
nerve-grating, Loney’s wacky
character never strong
enough to entirely forgive the
seriously, humour was always a
Loney hallmark. Much of this
compilation sounds like the work
of a caucasian Screamin’ Jay
Hawkins, packed with such
throwaway garage-esque trifles

2 stars 2 stars

Raven | RVCD 305

Reviewed by Terry Staunton
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