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/

Article written by Isabella Moulton (iamoulton.fernhill@gmail.com)