Continental Records Reunion! The Naughty Ones @10pm, 8 1/2 Souvenirs @8:00pm. $13 advance tickets. Will Call @7:30pm – No hard tickets. $15 DOS. 21+ only.
The Continental Club’s Steve Wertheimer used the Naughty Ones as an excuse to initiate Continental Records. Wertheimer sees Continental Records as an extension of the club, to the point of the label’s installing an ADAT recording set-up at the Continental Club for an upcoming series of quarterly live compilations showcasing its favored genres (i.e., rockabilly, lounge, country, etc.). Wertheimer has a partner in Continental Records named Jack Hazzard, and has kept the label a separate financial entity from the Continental Club.
“We did give the Naughty Ones some tour support,” says Wertheimer. “But basically, Continental is me and Jack and an assistant who runs the office. We can’t afford hiring someone to work radio or the press or anything.” This is the main reason for the decision to keep Continental’s roster (basically, the Naughty Ones and 8 1/2 Souvenirs) small, to concentrate on those two artists and the compilation series, knowing the club and its reputation will sell records as much as anything.
~ Austin Chronicle, September 1995
As “cocktail music” becomes the latest rage to be chewed up and spit out from the voracious maw of pop culture, Austin has suddenly and unexpectedly begun dancing to the sophisticated ring of toasted martini glasses. This decidedly down-home musical community, forever celebrated for its blue-eyed blues and post-honky-tonk country, has nurtured a handful of swinging, urbane combos such as The Naughty Ones, and 8 1/2 Souvenirs — all of which offer inventive takes on the swing thing that just might outlast the fad.
“I think [the music] touches an audience that usually isn’t so obvious–people who want music that isn’t so loud, so they can just hang out and listen,” explains Olivier Giraud, the Paris-born leader of 8 1/2 Souvenirs, which has just released its debut album, a live recording of European-styled hot jazz and crooning titled Happy Feet. With its strong European accent, the music sounds like it could have come from almost anywhere but Central Texas, though most of the band’s members are veterans of the local rockabilly scene.
~Dallas Observer, December 1995