Fur Dixon may not be on your radar but she should be. The ex-member of The Cramps is heading to the North East this month to tour with her band, WTFUKUSHIMA (brilliant name).
The American singer started her career when she was 21 years old, performing her first single for The Whirlybirds before forming the band The Hollywood Hillbilly’s. The legendary psychobilly band The Cramps became fans of Fur Dixon’s work and so they whisked her away to Europe where she became their first bassist.
Fur Dixon is known for exuding smouldering energy onstage and played around 60 shows on The Cramps’ ‘Date with Elvis’ 1986 tour. Despite being asked to stay in the band, Fur declined and focussed on creating her own music instead. She went on to front bands throughout the 90s, including The Dixons and Blow Up, as well as producing folk music.
Now Fur Dixon is back to her natural-born talent for playing rock with her band WTFUKUSHIMA.
Formed in 2016, and compromising of drummer Dusty Watson (The Sonics), keyboardist Paul Roessler (The Screamers, 45 Grave), bassist Dave Provast (Dream Syndicate), and lead guitarist Bernard Yin (Fuzztones, BellRays), their single ‘Cod’ine’ was released in 2017 ahead of their debut album ‘Return 2 Sender’ released this year – it features a solid, hypnotic rhythm and Fur’s powerful vocals.
The sound is heavily influenced by early rockabilly and the post-glam/early punk scene with which Fur Dixon started her early career in.
The wild rock ‘n’ roll singer will be supported by Klammer from West Yorkshire, The Shakin’ Nightmares and GGAllan Partridge from Teesside, when she heads to the North East.
Fur Dixons’s Wtfukushima plays at Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough on Sunday 15th July. General admission is £10.00 and advance tickets can be bought at seetickets.com.