Sometimes I wonder how difficult it would be for an authentic rock’n’roll band from Greece to make it in the music world
of the 80’s and 90’s.
The following guys must have had a pair of big balls to give it a try back then…
The four piece band Blue Jeans were formed in Athens in 1984 by singer/guitar player Alex Berekos.
Back in those days, there was a number of youths that were dressed in a 50’s fashion, driving around classic 50’s cars
They followed the Blue Jeans wherever they played bringing on the party atmosphere of a decade long left behind.
The band was playing old school rock’n’roll covers performing almost in every rock club in Athens, so drinking and dancing
was in schedule for their fans and followers.
In 1986 their s/t EP was released featuring two original and two cover tracks.
“Paola” and “I gyneka me ta kokina malia” (engl. The woman with the red hair ελλ. Γυναίκα με τα κόκκινα μαλλιά) were their original tracks
while they also did a “Medley” and a cover of the classic surf song “Wipe out“.
The “Wipe out” cover gave the chance for exposure in different music circles as the song became a fave of Athenian rock djs.
The band went on a few line up changes after supporting Sleepy Labeef in Thessaloniki.
Stelios Berekos (brother of Alex) joined the band on the bass, Zafiris Karpozolotas on the drums and Angelos Michalopoulos on the sax.
Their sound turned into a more authentic rockabilly style and during the next year they opened for the Cramps and the Ramones in Rodon Club – Athens.
In 1991 their track “Sweet Love On My Mind” was featured in the Greek “Studio II Collection” among songs from Greek bands such as
the Echo Tattoo, De Traces, Daylight Dreamers and others.
Their next move was to invite the inductee of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Rudy “Tutti” Grayzelle to play with them for some
gigs in 1992 and by the same year, they performed with Decca and Sun Records artist Johnny Carroll for two more gigs in
Athens and Thessaloniki three years before his death.
While being on the road, their debut album “Hard Times” was released on vinyl with 10 original tracks.
1.You Better Watch Out
2.I’m Going Home
3.Ain’t Gonna Cry
1.I Lost My Mind
2.Not Fade Away
3.Hot Rockabilly Stuff
4.The Motorcycle Boy
5.Baby Please Don’t Go
In 1994 UK record label Nervous Records released the authentic & neo-Rockabilly compilation “Streets of fear” featuring the Blue Jeans track “You better watch out”
among the Cobras, Darrel Higham, Caldonia and others.
(The same label was re-issuing the Meteors releases…)
So, the band flew to one of the UK’s top rock’n’roll festivals in 1995, Hemsby r’n’r Weekender no 15 to join Ruth Brown, The Penguins
Put Cupp and Don & Dewe on the band list.
Unsupported by the Greek music media, soon after that, the band returned to Greece and decided to disband.
Blue Jeans used their own means trying to play the music they loved and I guess they enjoyed the ride all the way, once
they met and played with musicians they loved.
They did a lot for a Greek rockabilly band earning the respect they needed to place themselves in a list of bands with high standards.
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