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The Bingenheimer Blessing: The Faz Waltz- Italy’s Answer to Glam Rock

One thing is for certain, if Rodney Bingenheimer embraces a group they’re going to make it big. The number of massively successful groups who he has single-handedly helped book gigs and provide initial air play is vast: The Ramones, Blondie, The Bangles, Cheap Trick, The Runaways, Dramarama, Van Halen, Duran Duran, and drumroll please….The Sex Pistols*. He was the first one to give these groups a wide American audience and undeniably played a vital role in their careers. Without him Johnny Rotten could be working a 9 to 5 like the rest of us, and oh how boring the world of rock and roll would have become…

Oh by the way, the driver of the Ramone’s pink Cadillac in “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School”?* Ya, that was Rodney Bingenheimer. You may be cool, but you’ll never be Rodney Bingenheimer driving around Joey Ramone, eating chicken in the backseat of a pink Cadillac, cool.

He also popularised one of my personal favourite numbers, “Dirty Water” by the Standells.** Now before this turns into a Rodney Bingenheimer love fest, which it may have already become and I’m not entirely sure I really mind…let’s get back to the group I am meant to be discussing, The Faz Waltz.

When I heard that Rodney played this Italian group on Sirius XM’s “Underground Garage” earlier this month, I knew I had to take a listen. 

The group is comprised of three members: Faz La Rocca on guitar and vocals, Diego Angelini on Bass, and Marco Galimberti on drums. With five albums under their belt, “Julie” will be the Faz Waltz’s latest single release. Formed in 2007, the group has taken strong influence from classic rock and roll and pronto-punk bands. ”Julie” has an unmistakable classic 70s rock and roll vibe- filled with catchy, heavy riffs, memorable melodies and that quintessential rock and roll sleaziness. It sounds like the Italian love child of Slade and Ram Jam and I like it.

Check out “Julie”:

Get the vinyl single here: https://shop.fazwaltz.com/JULIE_7__S…/p2240189_15761668.aspx

The Faz Waltz are serving up some good old fashioned rock and roll, and I’ll happily take seconds. There is no doubt these guys are keeping rock and roll music alive…not by fighting but making love to it. Marc Bolan and Gary Glitter would be proud. I don’t know what’s going on in the Italian underground music scene, but I want to find out.

Interested in finding out more? Check out their website: http://www.fazwaltz.com

*Facts taken from: https://www.ocregister.com/2017/05/26/7-bands-dj-rodney-bingenheimer-played-before-they-were-famous/

**Facts taken from:https://www.ocregister.com/2017/05/26/influential-kroq-dj-rodney-bingenheimer-talks-about-being-taken-off-the-air/

Review written by Isabella Moulton– a stylist and designer by day, and aesthetic aficionado by night. For inquiries, please contact her at: theeccentricbourgeoisie@gmail.com | Keep it groovy <3

My passion for music was cultivated by my parents, who took me to see obscure bands perform and encouraged me to start my own record collection at a young age. I grew up listening to Pink Floyd and Peter Frampton with my mom; she told me if I listened to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” in complete darkness my life would be forever changed…I did and it was, thanks mom. From then on I realised that music does not exist solely to colourfully take up time, but is rather an experience that should be had as many times as possible. One of the first concerts I attended was The Who at the Hollywood Bowl, but as a teenager I started seeing a lot of indie bands at the local music hall, and was fascinated by the story their music told. Every song has a story and I wanted to hear it. So here I am, currently based in Vienna and work as a stylist and designer for my own company “The Eccentric Bourgeoisie” -- I’ll happily add some extravagance to your dull wardrobe or give you some flair to help you stand out above the rest at an event ;) I have lived in the US, Canada, Malaysia, Spain, the UK, the Netherlands and Italy. Wherever I have travelled music has allowed me to broaden my horizons by experiencing new things and meeting interesting people. It has the ability to connect people from different cultures and generations, influencing the way we think and feel…there’s nothing quite like it. The way it can capture the essence of a time, the energy of a people, and allow later generations to relive it is awe-inspiring.
 My musical interests predominately centre on what was produced in the 1960’s and 1970’s, but I also appreciate more modern bands as well. Something happened during this time musically and artistically which can never be recreated; it was like a sonic boom of creativity. I am drawn to the fashion, art films (Especially Nouvelle Vague and Giallo) and the records which were produced during this magical period in history. I have a soft spot for 1960’s garage, glam rock and of course French Playboy singers. My top picks include: T. Rex, Jacques Dutronc, Nino Ferrer, The Doors, Joe Dassin, the Kinks and Jacqueline Taieb. I adore modern bands which take the musical energy created in previous decades and build on it; some of my favourites are the Triptides and Mystic Braves. Show me your record collection and I’ll show you mine. Know some great band I should listen to? Get in contact! I’m always looking to expand my musical horizons.