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Marc Bolan & BP Fallon London 1970. Photography by Barrie Wentzell

Marc Bolan died 37 years ago today. He was 29 years of age and rocking.
Marc Bolan September 30th 1947 – September 16th 1977

TO SAY I LOVED MARC BOLAN WOULD BE UNTRUE

I LOVE HIM

A PERFECT MAN? NO

A MAGIC MAN? YES

MARC HAD A ROCK’N'ROLL HEART AND STYLE AND FLASH

AND HE KNEW HOW TO MAKE THE GIRLS CRY IN HAPPINESS

THERE’S MORE OF COURSE BUT THAT’LL DO FOR NOW

KEEP ON CHOOGLING, MARC

YOU ARE HERE FOREVER

I LOVE YOU

-BP Fallon x

First published Sept 16 2012

Marc Bolan & T.Rex with BP Fallon – left – on congas and backing vocals – ‘Hot Love’, Germany 1971

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BP Fallon & T.Rex – Marc Bolan & Mickey Finn & Bill Legend & Steve Currie – Milan 1971. Marc, Mickey and Steve RIP. This image found via Facebook by Karen Bond.


BP Fallon & Mickey Finn & Marc Bolan get their Ottos in Munich 1972


BP Fallon & Marc Bolan during the recording of ‘The Slider’ at Chateau D’Herouville France 1972. Photography by Record Mirror

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BP Fallon & Jeff Dexter & Marc Bolan & Boomtown Rats Johnnie Fingers & Bob Geldof outside the ‘Marc’ tv studios Manchester 1977. Photography by Kevin Cummins


T.Rex Hot Love screengrabs: BP Fallon & Marc Bolan
on the German TV show Hits A Go Go 1971

God bless you, Marc. Your boogie continues…
And God bless Mickey Finn and Steve Currie too.

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BP Fallon & The Ghost Wolves release the provocative new single ‘I’m Still Legal (Crazy Crazy)’ via iTunes & CD Baby.

I’M STILL LEGAL (CRAZY CRAZY)

I’m still legal
I’m over 21
To have a drink in ATX
Or go and buy a gun

I’m still legal
Not over having fun
To have a joint in Colorado
Or go and by a gun
It’s crazy crazy
It’s crazy crazy

Protect yourself
Defend yourself
Buy a gun for freedom
Gun Control
Pacists
Do we really need them?
Yes we do
It’s crazy crazy (crazy crazy, crazy crazy)
It’s crazy crazy (crazy crazy, crazy crazy)
This gun madness never ceases to amaze me
Crazy crazy

I’m still legal
I’m over 21
And I’ve the right to arm myself
And go and buy a gun

I’m still legal
Not over having fun
To have a joint in Washington State
Or go and by a gun
It’s crazy crazy (crazy crazy, crazy crazy)
It’s crazy crazy (crazy crazy, crazy crazy)
This gun madness never ceases to amaze me
Crazy crazy (crazy crazy, crazy crazy)
Crazy crazy

Words by BP Fallon
Music by BP Fallon/The Ghost Wolves

BP Fallon ~ vocals
Carley Wolf ~ guitar & backing vocals
Jonny Wolf ~ drums
with
Nigel Harrison ~ bass guitar

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Just another truckstop in America. Photography by BP Fallon

‘I’m Still Legal’ ~
Produced by BP Fallon & Jonas Wilson at Jukebox Studio, Bastrop, Texas
Engineered by Jonas Wilson
Mixed & mastered by Stephen Ceresia at Sunday House Studio, Bastrop

Photography by Brian Birzer in Austin, Texas
Design by Barney at lib-lab in Dublin, Ireland & Dean Watusi NYC
Vibrosonic logo by Steve Rapid in Dublin

Vibrosonic Records VBR 002

Says BP “I wrote the song in response to those sickos shooting up schools and cinemas and barracks. The situation is out of hand and sadly it’s going to happen again”.

‘I’m Still Legal’ is primal caveman rock bluespower ~ John Lee Hooker of the 21st Century ~ with The Viscount Of Verbal intoning against “this gun madness” while having a legal joint in Colorado and Washington State. “It’s crazy, crazy” indeed.

BP Fallon & The Ghost Wolves play at Ireland’s Electric Picnic Aug 29/30/31. Day tba.

Says the Electric Picnic site ~
“Eclectic, Electric Picnic veteran BP Fallon will once again lure festival goers with his ‘Musical Witch Doctor’ presence this year. BP will fuse with the exuberant musical excellence of Texas duo The Ghost Wolves on their first performance outside the States. With the release of ‘I’m Still Legal’, punters will no doubt flock in their droves to witness this old school bluesy, below-the-belt guitar, primal drums and righteous lyrical collaboration, “it’s crazy, crazy” uber-cool!

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BP Fallon & The Ghost Wolves ~ Carley Wolf below-the-belt guitar & BPF vocals & Jonny Wolf primal drums. Photography by Rafael Rodriguez

We are delighted to announce that BP Fallon & The Ghost Wolves will be playing at Electric Picnic.

Ireland’s Electric Picnic Music And Arts Festival is one of the most prestigious music events in the world. The three-day festival takes place on the weekend of August 29/30/31 at the beautiful Stradbally Estate in County Laois ~ about an hour away from Dublin.

Also playing are Portishead, Outcast, Beck, Foals, Pet Shop Boys, Paulo Nutini, Blondie, Chic featuring Nile Rogers, Sinead O’Connor, Lily Allen, Mogwai, St Vincent, James Murphy, Flume, Clean Bandit, Nenah Cherry, London Grammar, The Horrors, The Wailers, White Denim and a cast of hundreds more.

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BP Fallon & The Ghost Wolves double-A-side 45 ~ ‘Black Crow’ b/w ‘Getchya Your Hip Thrust’

This will be the first time that BP Fallon & The Ghost Wolves play outside of the US. One of the hits of Austin’s SXSW festival this year, they will fly in from their base in Austin where they will be recording. They have already released the double-A-sided US-only limited-edition 45 ‘Black Crow’ b/w ‘Getchya Your Hip Thrust’ (Pau Wau Records) while The Ghost Wolves debut album ‘Man, Woman, Beast’ (Plowboy Records) is receiving rave reviews.

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The Ghost Wolves ~ Man, Woman, Beast’ album cover. Photo by Stephen Ceresia

LouderThanWar says “Think primal blues, think glam rock sleaze and think punk rock attitude. Carley fronts the band with her fucked up guitar destruction and at times plays a one string weapon that sounds like the impending apocalypse. Jonathan beats the living crap out of an already beat up drum kit and they both sing, howl and have a splendid old time”. Read more here

Says BP Fallon of his collaboration with The Ghost Wolves “Carley and Jonny are the coolest. I feel very honoured to have them backing me”.

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BP Fallon & The Ghost Wolves let it rock! Photography by Mike Thompson

Says Jonny Wolf to DeadWeather Denver at Waxoholics about playing with the legendary BP Fallon “”Oh, well BP is just a hell of a guy first off – I mean first you have his history, which is very deep and deserving of respect – but we’re really interested in what he’s doing moving forward. As in, here’s this older guy, he’s worked in and around music all his life, with some real luminaries, but never actually played, and just now he decides it’s time to start a rock’n'roll band. How many people at that age can say that?

“He has a really unique perspective – I like to think of him like a shaman or a musical witch doctor or something and he brings that to his show and people love that”.


BP Fallon & The Ghost Wolves – ‘Increasingly Often (roller coaster)’
Filmed and mixed live at KUTX, Austin, Texas


BP Fallon & The Ghost Wolves ~ ‘Fame #9 (excerpt)’/'I Believe In Elvis Presley’ live at Hole In The Wall, Austin, Texas

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Electric Picnic, Ireland August 29th – 31st 2014

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Cara Delevingne ~ Timeless

Posted by admin on Thursday Jun 19, 2014 Under BP Fallon & The Bandits, Magic, Music, Rock'n'Roll, Television, Timeless


Playhouse Presents: Timeless starring Cara Delevingne (trailer)

Cara Delevingne – the coolest young model on the planet, sometime added vocals with BP Fallon & The Bandits and general all-round briliant viber – makes her UK TV acting debut tonight in Timeless, which follows the moving story of Chloe (played by Cara) and her great-grandmother Alice (played by Sylvia Syms). Chloe, whose soldier fiance has recently been posted in Afghanistan, thinks her world has been torn apart when a military officer arrives on their doorstep with news of a death…

Timeless ~ Sky Arts 1 9pm tonight June 19th 2014


Playhouse Presents: Timeless ~ Cara Delevingne & Sylvia Syms interview

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BP Fallon & The Bandits ~ Cara Delivingne & BPF. Photography by & © Brian Birzer

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More Banditry. Photography by & © Brian Birzer

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Bandits stage invasion. Photography by & © Jonathan Garza


BP Fallon & The Bandits SXSW 2013 promo with BP Fallon, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Nigel Harrison, Clem Burke & Cara Delevingne. Edited by Miguel Angel

And! One of our fave early rock’n'roll films and much loved too by early Rolling Stones enfant terrible manager Andrew Loog Oldham – set in Soho’s rock’n'roll dives and strip clubs – with Sylvia Syms playing Maise, the stripper girlfriend of Johnny Jackson (Laurence Harvey), manager of Bongo Herbert (an untamed Cliff Richard):

Expresso Bongo (1959) ~ excerpt with Cliff Richard & The Drifters, Laurence Harvey & Sylvia Syms

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BP Fallon & The Bandits 2012 with Joe King Carrasco ~ Hector Muñoz & Nigel Harrison & Cara Delevingne & Aaron Lee Tasjan & the great Stooges drummer Scott Asheton, bless him ~ with out front JKC & BPF. Photography by & © Bob Gruen

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Cara & BP having a choogle (as one does). Freezeframe by Jonathan Garza

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The little old lady & Gyl Owen-Corrigan & Robert Plant & BP Fallon in the lobby of The Drake Hotel New York July 24th 1973 by & © Bob Gruen

To mark the triumphant remastered re-release of Led Zeppelin’s first three albums with added tracks – Led Zeppelin I, II and III are in the British Top 10 – we present this unseen photograph by Bob Gruen taken in the lobby of The Drake Hotel in New York. BP Fallon takes up the story:

“I was at Bob Gruen’s incredible ‘Rock Seen’ photo exhibition in New York this April and as part of his exhibition Bob was displaying blown-up contact sheets from which the photographs came. There was the contact sheet that had Bob’s famous shot of Zeppelin standing by their airplane ‘Starship’ and as I looked at this dark little image on the contact sheet I said ‘Look, there’s me!’

“It was Led Zeppelin on tour in 1973 and we were gathered in the lobby of The Drake Hotel in New York waiting for the limos to take us to the plane to fly us to Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. And this rich old dear who lived at The Drake was berating Robert and grabbing his hair – ‘Why d’you have to have your hair long like that? Why can’t you look like a real man?’ Robert was very sweet to her, all peace and love”.

Commented Bob Gruen to BP nearly 41 years later: “You have a pretty good memory to remember what she was saying.”

So for your added delectation we’re showing Zeppelin’s ‘Traveling Riverside Blues’ video which flashes on this Drake lobby scene – plus some freezeframes from the video that capture this Old Money New York Lady Vs Led Zeppelin scenario.

And yes, The Drake Hotel is where over $200,000 of Led Zeppelin’s money went missing a few days later – but that’s another story.

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Led Zeppelin – Traveling Riverside Blues freezeframes


Led Zeppelin – Traveling Riverside Blues (Official Video)

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Led Zeppelin – Traveling Riverside Blues freezeframe

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Jimmy Page & BP Fallon on Led Zeppelin’s plane Starship
by & © Bob Gruen


Robert Johnson – Traveling Riverside Blues (speed corrected, as it really sounded))

And if you’ve got 73 minutes, this is a wild and mysterious tale:

The Crossroads Legend – Search For Robert Johnson – full movie 1.13

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That brilliant iconographic image ~ Led Zeppelin and their private plane Starship by & © Bob Gruen

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BP Fallon & The Ghost Wolves – BPF vocals & Carley Wolf below-the-belt guitar & Jonny Wolf primal drums. Photography by & © Vanessa Smith

We’re reflecting on the amazing gigs that BP Fallon has been enjoying with his long-term collaborators from Texas, The Ghost Wolves

Their latest round of rocking embraced SXSW in Austin where they played six wild shows.

Waxoholics

In the latest Waxoholics, Johnny Wolf is interviewed by DeadWeather Denver:
You’ve worked with BP Fallon, most recently on his 2014 SXSW showcases. What has playing with him been like?

“Oh, well BP is just a hell of a guy first off – I mean first you have his history, which is very deep and deserving of respect – but we’re really interested in what he’s doing moving forward. As in, here’s this older guy, he’s worked in and around music all his life, with some real luminaries, but never actually played, and just now he decides it’s time to start a rock’n'roll band. How many people at that age can say that?

“He has a really unique perspective – I like to think of him like a shaman or a musical witch doctor or something, and he brings that to his show, and I think people love that. I’m a big fan of his spoken word vibes. He’s very creative. It’s been a really interesting trip to do some music with him. We don’t typically let anyone else into our world, it’s not easy, but he came into it with a lot of grace and we enjoyed it a lot”.

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BP Fallon & The Ghost Wolves casting spells. Photography by & © Bob Gruen

In BP Fallon’s excellent wide-roaming pre-SXSW interview with DeadWeather Denver in Waxoholics, the singer notes “Maximum namedrop moment: John Lennon, bless him, told me ‘The Plastic Ono Band is Everyone’ and thus I too became a member, appearing in John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band twice on television, once banging a tambourine and another time pretending to play bass guitar.

“Now I wouldn’t dream of comparing our combo to him but yes, everyone is in BP Fallon & The Bandits and also we don’t believe in segregation between ourselves and the audience, we’re all in this together.

“Like I mentioned, Lenny Kaye has been a Bandit in Austin and in New York and in Ireland. Sean Lennon has drummed with us, Cara Delevingne has sung backing vocals. And last year at SXSW, Clem and Nigel and Aaron and I, us Bandits, at our live gigs we were joined on stage by Scott Asheton the drummer from The Stooges and Barrie Cadogan who plays guitar in Primal Scream.

“This year at SXSW Clem will be playing with Blondie and their schedule is very tight – so BP Fallon & The Bandits will be BP Fallon & The Ghost Wolves who are Carley on guitar and Jonny on drums and they’re incredible. Carley, well… she’s incredibly sexy, almost feral, and Jonny’s the coolest…”

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Carley & BP & Jonny photographed by © Brian Birzer

And Oliver Gray reports
“I absolutely adored the amazingly resilient BP Fallon, intoning poems rather than singing and backed by an amazing Austin electric duo called The Ghost Wolves. Things like this you do not experience every day, and it feels such a privilege”.


BP Fallon & The Ghost Wolves – Increasingly Often (roller coaster)
Filmed and mixed live at KUTX, Austin, Texas

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‘Increasingly Often’
Original recording on the BP Fallon & The Bandits album ‘Still Legal’
Written & produced by BP Fallon/Aaron Lee Tasjan/Nigel Harrison/Clem Burke at Red Horse Ranch, Austin, Texas
LP-CD-digital download
End of commercial :)

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BP Fallon & The Ghost Wolves in full flight. Photography by & © Honeypie Mangrove

With thanks to Kim Galusha, Kay Gourley, Jimmy & Harper Quill at Red Horse Ranch Studio, Jeff Smith & Saustex Records, Weston McGowen, David L Thomson III, Alejandro Escovedo & Mike Thompson, Brian Birzer & Tracy & Mike, Vanessa Smith, Bob Gruen & Elizabeth Gregory. Have merci, y’all !!!

For more The Continuing Adventure Of BP Fallon & The Ghost Wolves – stay tuned!!! :)

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