Robert Gordon has played his brand of rockabilly in a variety of permutations. But, he acknowledges, few have been as potent as the Gang They Couldn’t Hang, a “supergroup” that includes his longtime guitarist Chris Spedding, original Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock and Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom.
“We were looking to take (his act) to a different level,” says the New York-based Gordon, 62, who’s best known for his versions of Bruce Springsteen’s “Fire” and Marshall Crenshaw’s “Someway Someday.” “We wanted to get into areas we haven’t been able to, just different kind of places — larger venues, casinos, that kind of thing.
“It’s more of a communal thing with the four of us, too. It’s just a bunch of really good players. Everybody does a bit of the show ... Each person does a couple of tunes, and then I get up there and do my thing. It’s just a ball, man.” Gordon will be doing his thing on record again soon, as well. He and Spedding reunited in 2005 after nearly 25 years apart and are working on their second album since then, which started with a session in Europe during 2009 and will continue this year.
“I’m really enthused about the direction we are going in,” Gordon says. “I can’t really say for sure what’s gonna happen next. Hopefully, within the next six months we’ll get back in the studio and get something out. That’s our goal, at least.”
Robert Gordon & the Gang They Couldn’t Hang and the Twistin’ Tarantulas perform Sunday (Jan. 24) at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.
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