Songwriter, musician, engineer, producer and label owner Alan Wilson
is probably best known as founder member of Neo-Rockabilly band The
Sharks. However, over the last 25 years he has been involved in several
projects and activities, some of which are covered on this page.
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What are they?
Alan has played in a few other bands over the years, besides
his main band The Sharks.
Colbert Hamilton & the New Hell Raisers
Neo-Rockabilly hero Colbert Hamilton enjoyed much success in the
80’s with radio airplay and TV appearances on shows such
as ‘The Tube’. He also did a UK tour with
Sigue Sigue Sputnick.
Alan joined Colbert’s live line up in 1994, just after he
produced Colbert’s ‘Wild at Heart’ album.
During his stay, which lasted a few years running parallel to live
work with the Sharks - he did several overseas tours including
Scandinavia, Holland and Germany and several UK shows. The last
live performance Alan did with Colbert was a German festival in
The Frantic Flintstones
Alan has always enjoyed a great working relationship with Frantic
Flintstones founder member and front man Chuck Harvey. They have
co-written many songs for ‘Flintstones albums over the years.
Alan was drafted into their live line up in 1998 and stayed for
approx 2 years. During this time most of the work was in Holland,
France, Germany and Finland. Alan left in late 2000 when he opened
Western Star Studio and found that he was too busy with studio
work to commit to playing in a live band. Alan & Chuck often
still work together in the studio and Alan still produces the band
and co-writes with Chuck. The two also have a side-project called
Chuck & the Hula’s which will eventually surface on Western
The Woodies are a kind of hobby band and an outlet for Alan’s
more Rockabilly-styled output. They have recorded many tracks over
the years and appeared on countless compilations. Their last live
performance was in 1999 where they played a date in Germany.
Alan has appeared on many recordings as a session musician or
sometimes as a special guest. These projects include releases by
John Leyton, The Pirates, Mike Berry, Graham Fenton, The Wurzels,
Ian Gomm, Popeye’s Dik, Frenzy, Sue Moreno, Twenty Flight
Rock, The Taggy Tones, P. Paul Fenech, Jean Vincent, The Frantic
Flintstones and many, many more.
Alan Wilson has worked as an independent record producer for
over 20 years and whilst he has production credits in many genre's,
he has specialised in Rockabilly and Psychobilly music. Having
worked in several studio's both in the UK and overseas, he is now
mostly resident at Western Star - his own home studio. However,
he still occasionally travels for interesting jobs.
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Who are we and what do we do?
Department X music publishing was established in 1991. It is owned
by musician and producer Alan Wilson and is administered by Nervous
publishing. This means that we can utilise the knowledge and expertise
that Nervous have acquired in their 25 years+ in the field of copyright
and music publishing.
Titles from our catalogue of well over 600 works have been released
in many countries including; the United Kingdom, Mainland Europe,
Scandinavia, The United States of America and Japan.
Because our portfolio of songs has steadily grown, Department
X has become a recognised name in music publishing with many artists
and songwriter’s choosing to publish with us.
The Frantic Flintstones
The Ugly Dog Skiffle Combo
The Rockin’ Bandits
JD & the Chasers
Death Valley Surfers
Twenty Flight Rock
The Blue J’s
Bill Fadden & the Silvertone Flyers
Rudy La Croix
|Department X can be contacted at:
Department X Music Publishing
PO Box 1441
eMail Department X
What was it?
was a Psychobilly magazine started by Alan Wilson in 1993.
From its humble photocopied fanzine roots Deathrow grew into a
properly printed glossy magazine serving the Psychobilly and Rockabilly
scenes worldwide for approx 7 years. Its production was stopped
in 2000 due to Alan’s recording workload and his newly opened
studio. These days, copies of some of the rarer, early issues have
been changing hands on EBay for surprising amounts.
Some of the newer issues can still be obtained from mail-order
companies such as Raucous Records in
In Dec 2005 Deathrow was compiled into a 400 page book and released by Cherry Red books titled "Deathrow - The Chronicles of Psychobilly" and is available from Cherry Red
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