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Simper’s Roadhouse Blues

Nick Simper & Nasty Habits, cover of the Roadhause Blues/Hush/The Painter single; image courtesy of Wymer Records

As we reported earlier, release of the Nick Simper’s Mk1 Songbook will be accompanied by single of The Doors’ Roadhouse Blues backed by Hush (unreleased version) and The Painter. The single will be available on a CD and not as digital download.

This will Simper’s first single release since 1982’s Russ Ballard penned Just Another Day with his then current band Fandango. So what on earth possessed them to release the single in this day and age?

During the recent live performances of The Deep Purple MKI Songbook with Austrian band Nasty Habits, Simper has had a long-held desire fulfiled. As an admirer of The Doors, he had always wanted to play Roadhouse Blues, the opening cut from the band’s fifth album, Morrison Hotel.

Although it’s the only non-Deep Purple song he performs in the shows with Nasty Habits, it always goes down a storm with the audience and Nick Simper was keen for the world to hear their version. As it was illogical to include it on The Deep Purple MKI Songbook album release they initially considered releasing it as a download single. But then they had second thoughts. They figured that most of Simper’s fans are like them — traditional in their thinking and prefer a “proper” record as opposed to a mere “digital file.”

The single will be released on August 16th by Wymer Records.

17 Comments to “Simper’s Roadhouse Blues”:

  1. 1
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Indeed, a PROPER RECORD is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy better than just a digital file.
    The last one I experience as degrading, without respect.

    How can one bond with a face less product?
    I always have the same trouble when a Classical Number catalogue thing or something like that is being offered to me.

    Music pieces need a proper NAME as well, IMO.

    How can Nr 225, and so on compete with a grand title like *The winter of disconten*t, just making something up people, hehehe.

    I always liked that expression since I heard it being used by Ringo Starr describing a certain final phase in the Beatles era.

    And for now I wish to UNEARTH Mister Evans and join the ranks and deliver us the closest to MK 1 bliss before we die.

    In the meantime I ll have to resort to Y and T s UNEARTHED 1 and 2.
    And I tell ya, thats something different dude!

    Temptation neither……..

  2. 2
    purpledaniel says:

    They simply could have released on the same album with another title. nasty habits live featuring Nick simper and that´s all. I would have bought it immediately.

  3. 3
    Stevie D. says:

    Well then. And what about Rod?
    Sorry, I’m joking 😉

  4. 4
    Bo says:

    I wish Nick & the boys will visit Denmark soon. Love to hear these old Purple songs live.

  5. 5
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    As much as I love the idea of Nick doing this, I would much rather he put out an “Original” album and maybe put this MK-1 material on a second bonus disk. He has in the past produced some fine material….(Warhorse and Simper’s Fandango). No reason to just become another ‘Purple Prodigy’ or ‘Tribute Band’ with nothing new to offer. That being said, looking forward to it either way, just as I am looking forward to “Over the Rainbow”……another prodigy. I am intrigued to hear “Roadhouse Blues”. We covered that also in my band ‘LOzT CAUz’. We used to close out gigs with that one. Went over tremendously. I can totally understand Nick’s desire to do it at their shows. The folks love it especially if you do a sing along……”Got Myself a BEER”!!!!!


  6. 6
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Some people know right where Mr.Evans is… I’m one of those few and was very surprised when I found out how close he is… ever think he might rather be forgotten? It’s one thing to respect about him anyway.

  7. 7
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I ve read similar things before ,Larry.

    I m just a fan with a wish, thats all.

    Did he ever say WHY he wants to be forgotten?

  8. 8
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Hey Ghost,

    Since you know of Rod’s whereabouts, and you seem to have a knack for getting ‘interviews’, why don’t you look him up and get an exclusive on him. Maybe even convince him to re-establish ‘Captain Beyond’.


  9. 9
    T says:

    I agree with purplepriest’s comments regarding Köchel catalogue, Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis and opus numbers for “classical” works. That’s why people tend to nickname compositions like the “Moonlight Sonata”. The Piano Sonata No. 14 in C# minor op. 27, No. 2 doesn’t have quite the same ring and is hard to remember.

    I also would like to see Rod working with Nick in some kind of extension of Mark I Purple. It’s been 30 years since the “reunion” attempt. I for one harbor no ill-will towards the man.

    Rod Evans remains a very important part of the history of my all-time favorite group.

  10. 10
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I understood for a long time that Rod does not want to be bothered or hassled or stalked or whatever about his musical side.

    I dont know WHO does have the knack, nice word …..had to look it up, for approaching him respectfully.
    I wish a LONG INTERVIEW could take place.

    One of the many answers is what HE thinks of the recent Deep Purple incarnations in the light of his legally persecuted try out to start the band again.

    Did they SILENCE him with and or after the legal battles?

    Does he have access to not released Captain Beyond material?

    Is it possible to release a DVD with Captain Beyond?

    Maybe the footage I saw can be restored or remixed and made available on a DVD with side projects of the Purps?

    Where is that genius that gives us a timemachine to film everything worhwhile by them in HD????!!!!!

    In the meantime I m still trying to get the KNACK of the Digital Bitch.
    People I know and are digitally endowed seem too lazy or just plain unwilling to take the time to educate me.

    The struggle goes on.

    Right now I m trying to burn myself a good copy WITHOUT PAUSE!!!!!, from the downloaded Rainbow s Live In Boston 1981 radioshow.

    Probably its peanuts for loads of kids but I was born in 1965 and lacking in technical genes.
    Neither, maybe more important, I lack the interest and energy to drown myself in IT information.

    Last remark.

    Is it me or does this show play at a too high speed?
    Is it possible to slow it down?

    The whole thing sounds way faster than the boot I own from AHOY Rotterdam 1981 for example.

    Cheers, Looking for the futuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuureeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…

    Cant Happen Here!!!!

  11. 11
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I meant QUESTIONS instead of ANSWERS ofcourse.

    Sorry for the typo.

    The speed of the music drives me like a demon.

    Mister Ritchie Blackmore!!!!!

  12. 12
    Sami says:

    @ 6 Must be too good to be true but still, good on you Ghost, and please tell Rod my/our regards when you see him/hear from him…DP Mk I/Captain Beyond made timeless music that is listened ie. in my household very often(and I wasn’t even born when Shades came out, so…)

    @ 8 Tracy: love to hear your version of the classic song, is it available for upload somewhere?

    Cheers everyone & enjoy the summer, KIPPIS!!

  13. 13
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Sami, would love to put some of the tunes up on YOUTUBE such as the Warpigs which is already there. I have many hours of footage but don’t know how to convert it. I will eventually take the task on. Mainly my favorites that we did….SOTW, Black Magic Woman, You Got Another Thing Comin’, Enter Sandman, Keep Away, White Room, Summer Song, Welcome to My Nightmare, just for starters….


  14. 14
    Sami says:

    Ok Tracy, will check the War Pigs out as soon as possible…quite a mix of classic songs you got there, have played some of ’em myself too, guality stuff.

    Keep on rockin’ ‘old man’, take care

  15. 15
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Just click my name Sami and you are there…..


  16. 16
    Sami says:

    Very good and enjoyable drumming & singing, Trace…and you

    look a little menacing too 🙂 …

    but what’s with the guitarist and bass player: they surely

    could have pumped it up a bit more

    playing-/performance-wise…still, just my opinion, and

    overall it’s really good, could there be more/are you still giggin’!?

    Cheers, have a good week

  17. 17
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    The band is no longer….I moved from Florida to Tennessee. I kept the name and sound equipment. It was my band. I plan on re-emerging again here in Tennessee eventually as soon as I can find a Bass player and Guitarist that tickles my fancy. Unless of course Tony Iommi gives me a ring regarding joining Sabbath for an All Encompassing / Every Sabbath Era Venture (that would be my demand), then I would probably postpone LOzT CAUz….LOL.


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