ROGER C. REALE & RUE MORGUE
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Although Rhode Island singer/songwriter Roger C. Reale was actively involved in other gigging bands in the New England scene of the late 1970s, his band Rue Morgue was primarily a studio group closely associated with Trod Nossel Studios in Wallingford, CT, and its affiliated label, Big Sound. Billboard Magazine said of Rue Morgue’s 1978 debut album Radioactive, “If you liked The Sex Pistols and can remember Chuck Berry, Roger has something for you in the way of rock ‘n’ roll. Hit Parader echoed that sentiment with “I haven’t the slightest idea who this guy is or where he comes from, but one thing is certain… the record blisters. His voice has enough energy to rip the plating off a tank.”
The lineup of Rue Morgue which recorded the the full throttle punk and powerpop “monsterpiece” Radioactive was comprised of a stellar lineup of rock sidemen: G.E. Smith on guitar (Daryl Hall & John Oates, Bob Dylan, Saturday Night Live Band), Jimmy McAllister on second guitar (The Beckies, Mick Ronson Band, Sparks), and Hilly Michaels on drums (Mick Ronson Band, Sparks, Ian Hunter).
Sessions for a proposed second album were recorded in 1979 but went unreleased. Future Rock And Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Mick Ronson (David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Ian Hunter) replaced Smith for the second album.
Now, 40 years later, that album is finally seeing the light of day. The 12-track Reptiles In Motion is slated for an October 18 vinyl release through Rave On Records. That same date sees the arrival of The Collection — a 24-track CD and digital download featuring the complete Radioactive and Reptiles In Motion sessions — also via Rave On.