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  posted on 6/8/2005 at 08:11 PM
Just sitting here listening to the Screamin Cheetah Wheelies, a band Im not as familiar with as Id like to be, but really been digging lately. My dad introduced me years back, but hadnt listened to them in ages, and now with a couple of their cd's, im reallyy liking what I hear....was curious if anyone else dug em, hated em, thought they were cool, whatever...I know Mike Farris has joined up with Warren a few times I believe (then again, who hasn't?) so there must be some cool lineage there.......

 

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  posted on 6/8/2005 at 08:21 PM
Sure, I have all their stuff and have even been to WheelieFest a few times. I always went to see them in NYC, they would always play right before the ABB came to town, good fun band. They do some good covers too. Magnolia is actually a really good album, Warren plays on Good Time.
 

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  posted on 6/8/2005 at 08:27 PM
I had a great time partying with those guys one night up here in Canada. They got booked on an off night from the Horde tour. No one knew who they were because they had no press up here at all. I only knew they were on the road with the ABB. The first set the bar was empty. They were real good so I bought them all a beer. This led to a few more over the evening. The second set was even better. I would like to think it is because we talked ABB between sets. The bar filled up nicely and it was a great night all around. I found them to be better live than on album. I like the albums but they don't have the fire that the live show had.
 

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  posted on 6/9/2005 at 12:25 AM
Great Band ....

Grace ( write me ) is my fav SCW song for sure ...

 

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  posted on 6/9/2005 at 12:57 AM

I love the Cheetah boys! I think Magnolia is an incredible rock album, up there with the all-time greats. I hung out with the guys several times, especially one year when they did a month-long residency at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta, playing every weekend for a month. I video taped a couple of killer shows during that run.

Unfortunately Mike Farris has left the group to pursue other interests. I always thought that if they hadn't got caught in the Capricorn debacle (part II) they might have made a much bigger impact.

The band perserveres, however -- check out their site here:

http://www.wheelies.com/

 

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  posted on 6/9/2005 at 05:10 AM
Love the Wheelies- 1 of their discs is almost always in my changer. Not sure what the Capicorn thing was all about but an issue w/ them could very well be the reason we don't hear more of them today.

 

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  posted on 6/9/2005 at 06:45 AM
The Wheelies are (or were) awesome..... I've driven more miles to see the Wheelies than any other band, including hitting all 6 Wheeliefests. Saw my 1st ABB show because the Wheelies were one of the opening bands. The ABB brought Mike up to sing Southbound with them that day, 8/20/94.

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p.s. I'd always be up for a SCW trade, especially for some Hophead videos!! Hophead, did some of your video end up on one of the 2 "Homegrowns"?

 

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  posted on 6/9/2005 at 06:55 AM
Yeah i really like the Wheelies, i don't think they'll be many people over here in the UK who will have heard of them, but they are excellent. I have all three of their albums and my preference is for Big Wheel (their third i believe). I read somewhere that Mike Farris had retired altogether from live performing and from singing full time. It's a great shame if this is the case, he had a great voice.
Does anybody here own his solo album (of which i can't recall the title, Goodnight Sunshine, or similar !!) i've never been able to get hold of it, but would love to hear it.

 

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  posted on 6/9/2005 at 07:04 AM
Mike Farris had a band for a while after SCW called Peaceful Knieval which I saw a few times, Charlie Drayton on drums, Audley Freed on guitar, I think maybe BO jR. on bass, can't remember, they were pretty good though.
 

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  posted on 6/9/2005 at 08:25 AM
I love the Wheelies. Lot's of great memories seeing them at the Wetlands (RIP) in NYC. They owned the joint. They really rocked that place out off jam band monotomy. Rick White and Bobby Watkins are really underatted guitarists and Farris is a killer firontman.

The first time I saw them was at the HORDE in 94. Their bassist was sick or something and Woody sat in for their entire show. It was nuts.

Wheelie Fest is great. I went to 2 of them. My favorite being the one with Marc Ford opening for the show. A guy I know was in his band at the time and we had a great night hanging in the middle of nowhere P.A. I remember it being freezing cold but it was much better than the next year where it was hot as hell and a neighbor called the cops !

I think the best I saw them was the weekend before 9-11 which was their last show at Wetlands. I think back to it as one of the last great insane nights before that horrible day changed downtown and the world forever. I flew out of NY that morning to see the Ohio state football home opener for a work function and then back on a plane in time for the wheelies . I think that show is on DVD but hard to track down.

Mike played around town for a few years solo and with Peaceful Kineval . Saw them at Tobacco Road (RIP) a bunch of times. Even with Audely Freed and Charlie Drayton, nothing matched the way the way the Wheelies rocked. I miss them.

Magnolia is a great Rock n Roll record , it still get heavy rotation in the juke box at my favorite bar. Hello from Venus, Backwoods Travelling , and Grace are my fav wheelie tunes.

 

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  posted on 6/9/2005 at 09:00 AM

Mike Farris's albums and the Wheelies DVD are all available from the Wheelie's Web site linked in my post above. I'll have to track down the video I shot -- it's been many years since I last viewed it. But I'll look around!

 

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  posted on 6/9/2005 at 09:04 AM
CMUle,did you see them at Call The Office in London ? They did a show one night on an off day from a tour and blew me away.Small club,no notice,nobody knew who they were.
A buddy of mine met them at the club during the afternoon and came by the house to get me,"you like Southern stuff,let's go see these guys"

 

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  posted on 6/9/2005 at 09:21 AM
Its weird, was on their site last night, and while they still have all the guys listed, and "stay tuned for news" it also looked as if the site had been idle for a long time, since they never have any tour dates listed. If Farris is gone for good, its kind of a shame...I hate it when I start getting into a band and Im just a few months behind....it would be shame, I agree with all of you, they are pretty solid kick ass rockers....way underrated. And Hophead, a month at Smiths? Man, thats awesome, like 2 miles from my front porch, Id have certainly made a number of those!!

 

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  posted on 6/9/2005 at 09:50 AM
My oldest brother took me to see my only Wheelies show when I was in 8th grade. So that was back in 89-90 sometime. It was at a tiny bar in Columbus, OH and I remember my brother and his friend bribing the bouncer to let me in. The music seemed pretty raw and unique. It was just 2 guys, if I remember correctly.

Anyways, my bro and his friend were giving me ice cold Rolling Rocks, which I thought was super cool. So by the time the show ended I go up to the lead singer who's sitting at the bar, and I tell him " you guys are gonna play on Saturday Night Live someday, man!"
He's laughed and said thanks. I could only imagine what was going through his mind after some drunk 13 year old was trying his best to give a compliment...

 

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  posted on 6/9/2005 at 10:13 AM
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CMUle,did you see them at Call The Office in London ? They did a show one night on an off day from a tour and blew me away.Small club,no notice,nobody knew who they were.
A buddy of mine met them at the club during the afternoon and came by the house to get me,"you like Southern stuff,let's go see these guys"


Actually it was a bar in Ottawa called Grand Central. But it sounds like the same story or scenerio. Tore it up for sure.

 

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  posted on 6/10/2005 at 05:17 PM
absolutely love this band...saw them 2 times in Nashville...great show. "Boogie Woogie King Of The Mt. Top" Baby !!!!!

 

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