The Rhynes is the name of the new project and self-titled debut album by Joe Atkinson

Atkinson has spent the last few years travelling both in the UK and internationally as keyboard player with alternative psychedelic popsters Flipron and the Original Rude Boy Neville Staple, formally of The Specials. He has also toured with, amongst others, 60s icon Donovan, The Selecter and reggae legend, Lee “Scratch” Perry

The Rhynes began when Atkinson started sneaking into the studio during down-time between gigs to “find out what Big Star would sound like with Nicky Hopkins on piano.” He sings and plays every note on the album, with the exception of the drums which, on a couple of tracks, are provided by Damned drummer and punk legend Rat Scabies.  These tracks include the lead single “Here She Comes

The album is a collection of 60s-inspired jangly guitar pop and piano-led numbers, with rich Byrds / Teenage Fanclub style harmonies, Hammond organs and the occasional Dylanesque harmonica 


Flipron haven’t been playing much recently, but who is! So, here they are in true Lockdown 2020-fashion performing Ball & Chain…at home. Taken from their 2006 album Biscuits for Cerberus which was accurately summed up by Classic Rock!

“…in 1972 this would have been seen as eccentricity of the highest order – in 2006 they might as well sticker this record with ‘Don’t buy this – it’s a bit mad.’ Good work.” 


Here’s Billy Shinbone’s new video “Mostly Cloudy, Occasionally Sunny” from his debut album “The Billy Shinbone Show”

And here’s a fantastic 5-star review in the Morning Star telling you all about it!

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Flipron’s latest video is “Low Life (Seeking Elevation)” shot at the fantastic Artisti in Piazza Festival in Pennabilli, Italy



Here’s the video for “The Bends” from Magic Car’s album “Meteorites”, shot with the help of Super 8 film

And this is “Fritz’s Beach”, shot using a vintage Dieter Rams-designed Braun Nizo S800 camera and Super 8 film


This is the debut single “If You Think You’ll Get Away With It You’re Wrong”. Available here and now on limited edition CD. Download available on iTunes etc.


“Big Fat Blackberries”, from Flipron’s album “Firework Shoes”, is produced by Rat Scabies


Now check out “The Comet Returns” by Flipron (featuring Neville Staple of The Specials)

And here’s “The Comet Returns” backing Channel 4’s “The IT Crowd” Christmas Special advert no less!

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“In a just world, a band of such long standing as Flipron – and with a track record as great as theirs – would really need no introducing. But then, as we all know, there’s not much justice in the world.” … Tom Robinson, BBC 6 music

“Flipron are awesome! I can’t believe they are not hugely-famous. This song is much better than the current No.1.”

“Saw this band by chance last night and can’t believe they weren’t playing to an audience of thousands rather than a half empty pub. Incredible musicianship from a truly original outfit and a singer who oozes charisma. Why aren’t Flipron huge?” … You Tube comments