Rattled Roosters

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Rattled Roosters
Origin Vancouver, BC
Genres Rockabilly, swing, pop, punk
Years active 1989–2001
Labels Hootennany / popomatic
Website www.RattledRoosters.com
Members Rick Royale, Ed Maxwell, Crash Gordon, Joel D’arlen

Rattled Roosters are a rockabilly band from Vancouver, Canada moved to Los Angeles, California.


The Rattled Roosters started busking on the streets of Vancouver, British Columbia and spent the early nineties touring Canada and the West Coast. They gained notoriety for their wild live show, stylish attire and kick starting a scene in the Pacific North West that embraced a merging of Rockabilly, Swing Music, Pop and Punk.

The same year that Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” pushed Seattle and grunge to the forefront of the media, The Rattled Roosters were asked to host North West Rock an independent music video series guest hosted by some of the most influential local bands of the time including Mudhoney (Sub Pop), Hammerbox (C/Z Records), Tad (Sub Pop)and Grammy Award winning rapper Sir Mix A Lot (Nasty Mix / American Recordings) of "Baby Got Back" fame.

The Rattled Roosters First Album “Year of the Rooster” was produced by Bill Cowsill lead singer of The Cowsills. Before moving from Vancouver the Rattled Roosters shared the stage with No Doubt, Royal Crown Revue, Goldfinger, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Reverend Horton Heat and the legendary Little Richard. The band was signed to BangOn/Cargo Records and re-released “Year of the Rooster” as well as the single “Marilyn”.

Despite releasing their second album “Young & Modern” to critical acclaim, the video for “Love is... a Holiday”, picturing the Rattled Roosters’ lounge / punk lifestyle, was never aired as it was banned by MuchMusic for “glamorization of smoking and drinking".

The Rattled Roosters moved to Hollywood in the mid nineties. Playing regularly at Johnny Depp's Viper Room, the band made National entertainment news when TV tabloid host Jerry Springer sang with them on stage. That same year the Rattled Roosters were featured in W magazine in an editorial photo spread titled “Young Americans”, shot by Mario Testino, featuring influential, young, California taste makers.

In 1999 a third album “Retro-Spex” (hootenanny/popomatic) was released combining tracks off the first recordings, new material and unreleased songs.


1988 Pretty Thing/Cut Across Shorty Cassette Single

1989 Get Wild Cassette EP Unsigned

1990 Year of the Rooster - Independent

1995 Marilyn (single) - BangOn/Cargo

1996 Young & Modern - BangOn/Cargo

1996 American Rumble Volume 1 (Various Artists) - Skizmatic Records

1996 Year of the Rooster (re-release) - BangOn/Cargo

1999 Retro-Spex - Hootenanny/popomatic


Rick Royale, Ed Maxwell, Crash Gordon, Joel Sigerson

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