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Expected Release: 10th Mar 2023


These 33 songs from 1953-1999, carefully selected, chronologically sequenced, transmit the feeling of freedom and thrill - music and motorcycling simply belong together.

Once you've been on a bike, you will not want to give it up. Riding a motorcycle became a synonym for freedom already at the beginning of the 20th century. In those days you probably could feel that freedom even more than today, because there was neither the obligation to wear a safety gear nor a lot of traffic signs.  In the early 1950s, music and film took up this phenomenon; in 1953, the first real motorcycle movie was made. 'The Wild One' starred Marlon Brando and Lee Marvin as legendary antagonists. This compilation provides excerpts from the film and, among others, the motorcycle sequence from 'Roustabout' with Elvis Presley! Most of the songs on 'Road Hawg!' were recorded during the wild decades of greasers and bikers, the 1950s and '60s, including the legendary song Motorcycle by Tico & The Triumphs, an early recording with the collaboration of Simon & Garfunkel. Things get country-heavy at the end of the 1960s with Charlie Ryan and Johnny Bond, while France contributes psychedelic pop. The seventies also produced plenty of motorcycle classics, such as Motorbikin' by Chris Spedding, heard here in Billy Idol(!)'s version. We have deliberately avoided titles like Born To Be Wild or Sweet Home Alabama, because they have already been released umpteen times. Instead, we opted for the punky 1979 recording of Motorcycle by the virtually unknown Billy Balls, for example. The 1970s and '80s revival produced some excellent rockabilly motorcycle songs by Crazy Cavan, Robert Gordon with Danny Gatton, and by the Catmen with their version of the Chris Isaak hit Gone Ridin'. Rare recordings and big hits are united here, delicately remastered for perfect listening pleasure. Now get up on the bike and turn on the sound! 'Both Wheels Left The Ground!'


  1. Indian Super Chief Motorcycle Rev Various
  2. The Wild One Johnny Horton
  3. Black Denim Trousers And Motorcycle Boots The Cheers
  4. What Are You Rebelling Against? (Speech from 'The Wild One' Marlon Brando & Cast
  5. The Wild One Shorty Rogers & His Orchestra
  6. Real Wild Child The Bell Notes
  7. Fire Engine Red Bandana (Motorcycle Queen) Tommy Payne
  8. Bad Motorcycle The Storey Sisters (aka The Twinkles)
  9. Motorcycle Millie Garrett Williams
  10. Motorcycle Jack Terry Ann
  11. Street Beat Lenny & The Thundertones
  12. Side Car Cycle Johnny Bond
  13. Leroy Nita, Rita And Ruby
  14. Motorcycle Mike Dave Day
  15. Leather Jacket Motorcycle Rider Otto Brandenburg
  16. Leather Jacket Leroy Van Dyke
  17. Wheels On My Heels Elvis Presley
  18. Motorcycle Michael Jo Ann Campbell
  19. The Big Black Jacket Marcel St. Jean
  20. Motorcycle Tico & The Triumphs
  21. Jet Black Machine Vince Taylor & The Playboys
  22. Hot Rod Harley Charlie Ryan
  23. She's A Bad Motorcycle The Crestones
  24. Motorcycle Man Floyd Robinson
  25. Hell's Angels Johnny Bond
  26. Harley Davidson Brigitte Bardot
  27. Motorride Long Tall Ernie & The Shakers
  28. Motorcycle Billy Balls
  29. Motor Bikin' Billy Idol
  30. My Little Sister's Got A Motorbike Crazy Cavan 'N' The Rhythm Rockers
  31. Gone Ridin' The Catmen
  32. Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die Robert Gordon & Danny Gatton
  33. Wheels Left The Ground Crazy Cavan 'N' The Rhythm Rockers