There are only two people in the entire world who can claim to have played with the Ramones while not actually being tagged with the ‘Ramone’ nom-de-plume. Duncan Reid is one of those people.
As singer and bass player of Joey Ramone’s favourite band, The Boys, Duncan rode on the crest of a wave during punk’s original late-1970s heyday as part of a wider collective of friends and peers that included Sex Pistols, The Clash, Generation X and a host of other power-chord pioneers. The Boys remain one of the best-loved and influential bands of their generation.
Montevideo, from the Big Heads’ debut album Little Big Head, earned Duncan the keys to the Uruguayan capital (the only other musicians to achieve this being Elton John and Paul McCartney).
Following a cornucopia of stellar reviews for 1st album Little Big Head, The Big Heads developed their unique, effortlessly entertaining, melodic brand of harmony laden powerpop punk with: “The Difficult Second Album”.
May 2017 saw the release of their third album “Bombs Away”. Fourteen catchy little ditties about life, death, paranoia and Viagra which featured heavily, in print and online, among the “best of 2017” reviews.
In 2020 4th Album “Don’t Blame Yourself” landed to ecstatic reviews. ““There isn’t a bad song on this album. Neither are there good songs. There are just phenomenal songs. The phrase all killer, no filler was made for records like this.” The Ginger Quiff.
And on April 23, to keep everyone occupied until the next gigs are possible, a live album is released on Bandcamp of a show at Akkurat, Stockholm from 2018. Recorded without the band’s knowledge by the venue it perfectly captures the excitement and sheer good looks of everyone involved!
Reviews for Duncan Reid and the Big Heads:
“A mesh of angsty agitation and glitter mod stomp – 4 Stars”: Mojo
“The Peter Pan of powerpop”: Uncut
“He’s lost none of his song writing flair as he serves up 13 powerpop nuggets”: R2 Magazine.
“An autobiographical garage-pop soundtrack; energetic, infectious and charming -9 out of 10”: Vive le Rock
“If there was ever a gig that deserves to reside in the ‘you should have been there’ conversations then this was it.
First gig of the year for me and the benchmark is already set ridiculously high.
“Duncan Reid and his band of stalwarts are a force to be reckoned with”: FFRUK
“This really was a set I could quite happily have watched again and again. If Duncan Reid And The Big Heads roll into your town sometime soon make sure you’re in attendance for what will be a special night of rock and roll, Trust me”: Uber Rock
And finally from Pure Rawk:
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