BP Fallon & Debbie Harry at SXSW 2014 in Austin by Linda Carbone

When BP Fallon & The Strypes played the Lou Reed song ‘Vicious’ at the SXSW Lou Reed Tribute Concert in Austin, they received the first standing ovation of the evening.

Debbie Harry was in the audience and loved it.

“BP Fallon was fabulous with The Strypes, just fabulous. And his choreography – the leg in the air, I’m going to steal that! And The Strypes, those fresh young Irish boys, they’re so tight! I loved it”.

Joining BP and The Strypes on stage during the song was Debbie Harry’s bandmate Clem Burke, drummer in Blondie and BP Fallon & The Bandits.

The Strypes plus Debbie Harry & Clem Burke

Video – BP Fallon backed by The Strypes – ‘Vicious’

BP Fallon & The Strypes with Clem Burke on cowbell by Christopher Durst

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VIDEO – BP Fallon backed by The Strypes – ‘Vicious’

An insanely great tribute to Lou Reed’s song ‘Vicious’ recorded at the SXSW 2014 Official Tribute To Lou Reed – with Clem Burke from Blondie/BP Fallon & The Bandits joining in on cowbell.

Screengrab – BP Fallon & The Strypes

LA Times
SXSW 2014: Lou Reed tribute mostly rises to the challenge
by Randall Roberts, LA Times Pop Music Critic
My favorite cover, though, came early, and it featured the Irish DJ, singer and photographer BP Fallon backed by young Irish rockers The Strypes. Performing Reed’s mean-streets rocker ‘Vicious’, the singer couldn’t hit many of the notes but neither could Reed, which made it a plus. Coupled with The Strypes who traffic in solid, no frills hard rock, Fallon and band’s version had a super-potent rawness – landing in a zone that Reed helped define.

An Epic, Weird Night at SXSW for ‘One Motherf—er of a Songwriter’
by Gary Graff
The night also had its moments of weird – veteran scenester BP Fallon joining The Strypes for ‘Vicious’ and drag queen Sharon Needles crooning ‘Candy Says’.

Rolling Stone
The Strypes Bring Maximum R&B to New York
by David Fricke
The Strypes operate according to their own calendar, maps and hunger, jumping oceans and decades for their lessons and inspiration. (Extra credit: their surprise appearance at SXSW, with Irish PR legend and DJ BP Fallon, covering ‘Vicious’ at the Lou Reed tribute).

BP Fallon & The Strypes by Gary Miller

BP Fallon & Josh McClorey by Todd V Wolfson

BP Fallon & Ross Farrelly by Gary Miller

The House Band

The house band who backed many of the acts was incredible and its core members will be familiar to fans of BP Fallon & The Bandits – none other than Blondie/Bandits drummer Clem Burke, guitarist Lenny Kaye from The Patti Smith Group who’s been a Bandit at gigs in New York, Austin and Ireland’s Electric Picnic Festival plus Tony Shanahan from The Patti Smith Group on bass with Ivan Julian from Richard Hell & The Voidoids on guitar, Matt Fish on cello and Susan Voelz on violin.

Bandits rock’n’roll at Lou’s tribute – Clem Burke & BP Fallon & Lenny Kaye by Leanna Asheton

The Set List

Sweet Jane – Alejandro Escovedo and Richard Barone
Cool It Down – The Bizarros
Romeo Had Juliet – Cheetah Chrome
Femme Fatale – Cindy Lee Berryhill
Vicious – BP Fallon backed by The Strypes
Oh Sweet Nothing – Bobby Bare Jr.
I’m Waiting for My Man – Garland Jeffreys
Perfect Day – Louise Goffin
Waves of Fear – The Fauntleroys
I Love You Suzanne – Rosie Flores
Coney Island Baby – Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3
Candy Says – Sharon Needles
Smalltown – Joe Dallesandro
White Light/White Heat – Escovedo and Barone
All Tomorrow’s Parties – Richard Barone with Cindy Lee Berryhill
Rock and Roll Heart – Chuck Prophet
Sally Can’t Dance – Jesse Malin
Real Good Time Together – The Fleshtones
Walk on the Wild Side – Suzanne Vega
Kill Your Sons – Wayne Kramer
Pale Blue Eyes – Lucinda Williams
Run, Run, Run – The Black Lips
Sister Ray – The Baseball Project
What Goes On – Sean Lennon
Street Hassle – Alejandro Escovedo
Satellite of Love – Spandau Ballet
I’ll Be Your Mirror – Richard Barone
Rock And Roll – All

Presented by Alejandro Escovedo and Richard Barone and their incredible team at The Paramount Theater, Austin, Texas

Two dancers taken by the spirit during ‘Rock And Roll’. The guitars are being played by Lenny Kaye and Wayne Kramer of The MC5, so it’s not surprising. Photography by Todd V Wolfson

“Ahh, my life was saved by rock ‘n’ roll”. The finale. Photography by Kim Galusha


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BP Fallon & Ross Farrelly of The Strypes by Risa

We are excited to announce that BP Fallon will be backed by The Strypes at the Lou Reed tribute concert at SXSW in Austin, Texas. How amazing is that? The timeless High Priest Of Happiness backed by the hottest new group in the world.

Both parties are mutual fans. “I believe in BP Fallon” Strypes guitarist Josh McLorey has said on stage (see video below), another time descibing BP as “The biggest legend to ever walk”.

Fallon’s admiration of The Strypes is well known. Speaking about them to waxoholics.com, he says ” I love these guys, love their energy, love their attitude, love their work ethic. If they want it and if the angels allow, they can become the biggest group in the world. And then the floodgates for teen rock’n’roll will burst open again, fresh and refreshed and ready to shake it. Good morning! Long may we choogle..”

Curated by Richard Barone & Alejandro Escovedo, among those also appearing at the concert for Lou are Lucinda Williams, Sean Lennon, The Baseball Project with Peter Buck and Mike Mills, Black Lips, Lisa Marie Presley, Louise Goffin, The Fleshtones, Jesse Malin, Cheeta Chrome, Suzanne Vega, Wayne Kramer from The MC5 – even Spandau Ballet plus Andy Warhol superstar and Rolling Stones ‘Sticky Finger’ cover model Joe Dallesandro.

The house band is as good as it gets and its core members will be familiar to fans of BP Fallon & The Bandits – none other than Blondie/Bandits drummer Clem Burke, guitarist Lenny Kaye from The Patti Smith Group who’s been a Bandit at live gigs in New York, Austin and Ireland’s Electric Picnic Festival and Tony Shanahan on bass from The Patti Smith Group with Ivan Julian on guitar and the string section of Matt Fish on cello and Susan Voelz on violin.

Featuring the music of Lou Reed solo and as a member of The Velvet Underground, this concert will be very special and the musical link-up between BP Fallon and The Strypes will one day be one for the rock’n’roll history books.

The Concert For Lou Reed
Paramount Theater, Austin. Fri March 15 at 7.30pm

Modern Times – “see you deep on the heart of Texas”

The Strypes by Eriko Kaneko

BP Fallon/The Strypes – I Believe/Mystery Man


Still Legal!

Five live Lou Reed fans by Barbara McCarthy

“One fine mornin’, she puts on a New York station
And she couldn’t believe what she heard at all
She started dancin’ to that fine-fine-fine-fine music
Ooohhh, her life was saved by rock ‘n’ roll
Hey baby, rock ‘n’ roll…”
– ‘Rock’n’Roll’ by The Velvet Underground written & sung by Lou Reed

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