The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs & Rum Bar Records Team For All-Star 2-CD Covers Set “All The Covers”
The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs & Rum Bar Records Team For
All-Star 2-CD Covers Set All The Covers (And More)
Featuring Members of The Runaways, MC5, New York Dolls, Dead Boys & More!
Los Angeles, CA August 12th — Legendary rawk ‘n’ roll firebrands the Streetwalkin Cheetahs have signed up for a slew of upcoming projects with Boston-based indie label Rum Bar Records, leading with the all-star 2-CD covers collection All The Covers (And More). To be released on September 30th on CD only, All The Covers (And More) wrangles every cover song the band recorded over its 25 year career and features a slew of special guest stars, including Cherie Currie (Runaways), Wayne Kramer (MC5), Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls), Jimmy Zero (Dead Boys), Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman), Bryan Small (The Hangmen), Jeff Dahl (Angry Samoans), and many more. Even the artwork itself is a salute to one of the band’s influences, the Ramones.
The lead single off All The Covers (And More) is the Cheetahs high-energy take of the Runaways classic “Cherry Bomb” which features Cherie Currie herself on lead vocals (see New Noise premiere). The song was originally issued as a 7” vinyl single in 1998 on Bomp!/Alive and got plenty of airplay by tastemaker Rodney Bingenheimer on KROQ and other stations. “We just clicked when I met Frank and Dino at a [Runaways drummer] Sandy West show at the Coconut Teaser in the early ‘90s,” recalls Currie. “I liked them both from the start and attended their show a couple nights later. LOVED IT. So I went again and again, joining them onstage for a kick ass Cheetahs version of ‘Cherry Bomb’ and others.”
“When the Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs started out in 1995, one of the first songs we ever played in our first rehearsal was ‘Cherry Bomb.'” says Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs’ Frank Meyer, adding “Soon alter, we went and saw Cherie and Sandy West perform at a club and asked her for to sign our Runaways albums. That’s what nerdy super-fans of hers were are. She came to see one of our first gigs a week later and jumped onstage to sing ‘Cherry Bomb,’ and that really kick started our whole career. Then we recorded our punked-up version of it with Cherie signing for a vinyl single. The fine folks at Rum Bar Records are re-releasing that single as part of a 2-CD collection of all the covers we ever recorded — All The Covers (And More) — and we just couldn’t be happier.”
“I love the Cheetahs version of ‘Cherry Bomb.’ I met Frank and Dino early on, liked them from the start, and have stayed friends ever since. Frank Meyer has turned me on to so many memorable gigs, sessions, and people during our three decades of friendship. He is an exceptional player, performer, singer and song writer. A selfless human being that I am so proud to call one of my very best friends!” says Cherie Currie of the band.
All The Covers (And More) features remakes of classic and obscure songs that display a wide-range of influences, from more obvious inspirations like the Stooges, Hanoi Rocks, Cheap Trick, the Dictators and Flaming Groovies, to the less obviousones such as Iron Maiden, Bob Seger, Mötley Crüe, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. The recordings are culled from official albums, B-sides, obscure compilations, tribute albums, radio appearances, soundboard live shows, and even the band’s original 1995 live-in-studio 4-track cassette demo, which features the Cheetahs original drummer (and brother of Frank), actor Breckin Meyer (Clueless, Road Trip, Rat Race).
The Streetwalkin Cheetahs started in 1995 and went strong for 10 years before taking a decade-long hiatus that ended in 2014 when they hit the road to take their beer-soaked, fist-pumpin’ hard rockin’ action to promote the “Escape From New York City/Fuck the Future” 7″ vinyl single on Little T&A Records/Big Cartel. Countless live shows later, the Cheetahs released its first album of original material in nearly two decades in the form of 2021’s One More Drink on Dead Beat Records.
Back in the day, the band toured the world, recorded over 10 albums for iconic indie labels such as Triple XXX and Bomp!/Alive, appeared on over 100 compilations, soundtracks and tribute albums, and were critical darlings, receiving rave press in Rolling Stone, Spin, Alternative Press, Flipside, LA Weekly, and all the hip ‘zines and weeklies. Along the way, they scooped up a slew of New Times awards, and shared stages with such acts as the White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age, Turbonegro, Supersuckers, Nashville Pussy, Reverend Horton Heat, Fishbone, and countless others. Right before his untimely passing, Joey Ramone declared them his favorite band…ironic, considering a few years later Cheetahs frontman Meyer co-wrote the book On the Road with the Ramones with Ramones tour manager Monte A. Melnick.
The release of All The Covers (And More) marks the first of several Cheetahs-related projects on Rum Bar Records, with a track on the label’s Rebel Rousers Vol. 2 compilation, a new song on an upcoming split-single with Boston Run Bar act the High-End, and new releases from Cheetahs-related bands Legendary Swagger (streetwise hard rock act featuring Cheetahs Dino Everett and Geoff Yeaton) and The Magnificent (retro soul supergroup with Cheetah Bruce Duff alongside Manfred Jones from the Woggles).