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Hey baby, what you gonna do

Here’s a track not covered too often — Rat Bat Blue, performed by Dario Mollo and the Space-T.

Space-T are:

Andy Senis – Bass
Fabio Meggetto – Keys
Andrea Biancheri – Vocals
Alessio Benedetto – Drums
Dario Mollo – Guitar

Thanks to BraveWords for the heads up.

16 Comments to “Hey baby, what you gonna do”:

  1. 1
    MacGregor says:

    A gem is Rat Bat Blue & one of many wonderful songs from that superb album, WDWTWA.
    Jon Lord’s solo is classic Lord indeed on the album & the guitar riff, drums, vocal & bass make it one of Purple’s heaviest songs to my ears. Good to see a band cover a lesser known track, although this vocalist struggles to deliver in many ways. I am familiar with the guitarists name as he worked with Tony Martin post Sabbath. Cheers.

  2. 2
    Andy says:

    I always thought this song was one card short of a full deck. It’s a good song, but it could have been great. The band was facing alot of difficulties at the time. This is a really good cover and I liked the way the keyboardist and guitarist shared the solo. I think that was an improvement over the original version.

  3. 3
    Dr. Bob says:

    If I had to the power to add one song to a DP concert set list, it would be this one. What a fantastic riff. Space-T does it justice.

  4. 4
    max says:

    @ Dr. Bob: So would I. 🙂

  5. 5
    Petr says:

    I would love to hear Rat Bat Blue live, however… the riff is borrowed. 🙂

  6. 6
    Petr says:

    Rat Bat Blue riff comes from Bobby Parker´s Watch Your Step (probably most “borrowed” riff in rock history). And if you find that Bobby Parker riff, you will notice that actually Rat Bat Blue is grandkind of What´d I Say from Ray Charles. 🙂

  7. 7
    MacGregor says:

    @ 6 – indeed it is, I learn something new every day. Not surprised at all though with Blackmore & Page & others, they sure did ‘borrow’ ideas etc from previous musicians & certain songs. Thanks for the information. Cheers.

  8. 8
    Boswell's Johnson says:



  9. 9
    Andy says:

    I never knew they played this live, Deep Purple – Rat Bat Blue, Live, Reading, UK 1996


  10. 10
    Uwe Hornung says:

    That was a great tour, lots of fresh ideas.

  11. 11
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Ritchie had been lugging that borrowed riff around for a while, here at : 1:28 …


    Recovering from hepatitis and pressed for new riff ideas during the recording of WDWTWA, he probably scraped around in his memory.

  12. 12
    Uwe Hornung says:

    BTW: Jon’s lightning-fast keyboard solo intro (2:37 to 2:57)


    was artificially sped up in the studio and could not be replicated live. In an interview much later (post-reunion) he would regret it and say that that was the only time he “cheated” in the studio and wished he’d never done it.

    I always liked that part, it sounded hilarious and experimental, like something out of Wendy/Walter Carlos’ soundtrack to Clockwork Orange, Alex’ infamous hi speed sex scene with the two ‘devotchkas’ from the record store.


    I wouldn’t be surprised if Jon took a little inspiration from the music to that scene, Clockwork Orange was notorious around the time the WDWTWA recordings took place.

  13. 13
    MacGregor says:

    We had a conversation about this altered first section of the keyboard solo a little while ago here at THS. Those early studio speed oscillating machines, I don’t know what they are called, didn’t Pete Townshend use one on Who’s Next? Also the Floyd used something similar on the DSOTM album sessions. I played WDWTWA really loud last weekend, well most of it & if it isn’t Purple’s heaviest sounding record then I don’t know what is, apart from In Rock of course! Although In Rock is an older recording & has that rawer feel to it.
    The bottom end is wonderful on WDWTWA, that bass guitar & is it keyboard bass pedals also at times, man it’s heavy. This album still sounds fresh to my ears & it hasn’t aged at all. A favourite of mine from the Purp’s. A wonderful album. Many of DP studio albums are quite light in their sound, not heavy sounding at all. Cheers.

  14. 14
    Uwe Hornung says:

    It has a phat sound, true. I prefer Machine Head and WDWTWA to In Rock and Fireball – th e band had grown as songwriters.

  15. 15
    Uwe Hornung says:

    It has a phat sound, true. I prefer Machine Head and WDWTWA to In Rock and Fireball – the band had grown as songwriters. Roger’s Ric on the last two 70ies Mk II albums sounded so much better than his P Bass on In Rock and his Fender Mustang on Fireball.

  16. 16
    GAVIN MOFFAT says:

    A band so good that, though falling apart from overwork/personal tensions they still managed to cobble together an album which I enjoy more now, than I did then. It’s kind of … how Purple Mark ii … in a parallel Universe …would sound 😀

    Tension from Gillan/Blackmore of course (they didn’t speak or meet once during its recording) .., the singer having handed his notice in months before. They still managed to produce some fantastic performances, despite the originality in the writing not being quite up to par on this album. That spark previously came from jams by the whole band but not here when they were possibly sick if the sight of each other, through overwork (Six American “jaunts” in one year)

    It sounds great on a good Hi Fi and in many ways I appreciate it more now than I did then. A great cover by this band but it serves to highlight just how good Purple were/are, when you listen to the artistry/musicality displayed on the original. What a band.

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