Friday, May 28, 2004

The Whyos - "Full Arms And An Empty Heart"

New York, NY's The Whyos played catchy, neo-rockabilly. They released a few singles and an album and did a cover of a Led Zeppelin song for a tribute record. Their song "1-2-3-4" appeared on The Dirt Club Compilation. Their music also was released in Holland on the Dutch label Rockhouse. The info on the picture sleeve from this song lists only the band members first names, but after doing a little research I can name two out of four: Mike Girao: Guitar (Vocals), Tim: Vocals, Brain: Bass & Joe Geary: Drums. Joe and Mike still play with a band called The Blues Jumpers and Joe also plays with Rick Fink & His Gas House Gorillas. This single was released in 1982 on Steven Nyhoff's and Nels Johnson's Fake Doom Records, once home to The Cucumbers. If anybody has any additional information on The Whyos please add a comment below.

The Whyos - "Full Arms And An Empty Heart".mp3


Blogger Jon said...

I think the Whyos were also the name of gang in New York around the turn of the century that published a price list for how much physical damage they would to somebody. I think it ranged from 50 cents for a black eye to a 100 dollars to kill somebody. Perhaps they're in the book, Gangs of New York?

2:18 PM  
Blogger pj said...

My brother Tim Gorrell was the lead singer for the Whyos. They became very popular in New Jersey in clubs in the 80's. They opened for Marshall Crenshaw and the Stray Cats. They also had a Capital record contract for a year but an album was never made with that label.

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THE WHYOS...... yeah,... i've been listening to rockabilly music for so many many years....... I have SO many LP's and CD's, I have heard SO many bands, I been to SO many gigs.... the Whyos, .. they had their album out on dutch label ROCKHOUSE records... Their self titled album was one one of THE VERY VERY BEST ALBUMS OF THE TIME...
I lost that album though long time ago, but I stilll have the "Talk to me like rain" 7"...
AND most of all - their song called "Talk to me like rain" is one of the VERY songs I HAVE EVER EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE. Seriously. It takes my breath away every time I play it. It's one of the very best rockabilly songs of all time... It still sounds so fresh after all these years...
What Santo&Johnny did in the 50's with "Sleepwalk" or the Stray cats in 80's with say "Rock this town", Whyos did the same thing with "Talk to me like rain". Obviously that song did not have a commercial appeal like say "Rock this town", but it is ONE OF THE VERY BEST unknown rockabilly songs of ALL TIME.... And I colud go on and on like this, but I wont..... If aynone of you sees or knows Whyos members, send them my kind regards, tell them I still love them SO SO much....
Marko P.

2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian . Just found this site. Very cool.. email me at

1:14 AM  
Blogger Terry said...

The Whyos were a great Rockabilly band in North Jersey in the early 80's. I saw them a bunch of times. I bought Full Arms and an Empty Heart single at one of their shows (Fake Doom Records). My pals and I also followed Buzz and the Flyers (downloads on Nervous Records UK) and the RockCats. They Whyos had a polish to their sound that other Rockabilly Revival acts failed to match.

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Kristen said...

I am Brian Post's sister--He recently gave me a copy of his album--When I listen to it I am immediately 19 again and getting dressed to go to the MEADOWBROOK. The WHYOS were practically the house band there. I met Cindy Lauper when she was with BLUE ANGEL and Dave Edmunds when Brian played there. Listen to Blues on the News-----

8:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whyos album was wonderful Marko has it right. I have it on Rockhouse..

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recorded the Whyos at the Dirt Club for a WFDU-FM 89.1 (Fairleigh Dickenson University, Teaneck, NJ) live broadcast. I still have a cassette of it. The 2-track master may still reside at the radio station.

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of my best times were seeing the band at Chets Place in Blomingdale,NJ.
This was when they didnt have to work at UPS.Racoons?

9:08 PM  
Anonymous Rockin' Rich said...

Hi. I was personal freinds of the Whyos and saw them over 80 times at places called, The Dirt Club, The Meadowbrook, Hitsville, New York's Peppermint Lounge, a small place called "Chets," in Bloomindale, and many private parties including a shopping mall! I partied with them and have many stories. The hairspray, cases of beer and clothes. Rockin' Rich

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Rockin' Rich said...

Any old friends would like to say "hi" you can email me at

Rockin' Rich

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Chris Galli said...

I played sax on this album, and perfored with the Whyos at The Dirt Club, where I met them while performing with Lost in the Shuffle, and The Meadowbrook Lounge.

It's one of the most memorable musical experiences I've ever had.

10:43 AM  
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1:47 PM  
Anonymous axel said...

great band with a great sound. here comes a record nerd question but: was the lp also released in the usa or on rockhouse only? what other singles did they release in the usa? anyone knows? thanks from finland!

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Mac said...

We used to jam with these dudes @ a house in northern jersey once occupied by Babe Ruth. really great times, for sure! then we were hopin' to see them open for the Stray Cats @ the Fast Lane in Asbury Park, but unfortunately John Eddie took that show. I was there and still wish my boys opened instead!

btw, hey Chris Galli - Great catchin' up with you in SFO! we need to get the girls together next time!

Mac (Bass Player, formerly with 'Lost in the Shuffle' now lost in

8:57 PM  
Anonymous tode said...

i can't believe i found this!! the whyos played at my house[babe ruth's]all the time!, they even played at my wedding back in 84'it's great to see a band like that will not be forgotten.i still play that album for people out here in kansas, and they love it.

1:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great band. I was in a rockabilly band named Rock House back in the day and we all shared bills at the Dirt Club, among other places. The rockabilly circuit was like a private club (or maybe an inside joke), great cameraderie. I remember the Whyos invited us up to their fishing spot, sorry we never took them up on it. JF

7:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Whyos were a really good band from the 80's. I saw them many times. They were on Fake Doom Records which also had New West, The Gyros and The Cucumbers. All these bands played the NY/NJ area back then and they were a big part of the local music scene. Great music at a great time!

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes. Fake Doom Records was a pretty cool indie label. Look at their MySpace at
There were great partys at Ken Franks in Saddle River where you could see these bands...and other great area bands.

2:51 PM  
Anonymous planeta.elvis said...

regards from Spain !!! Don't know about this band. It'd be great to re-uploading it posible ??? Thanks.

6:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a friend of Brian Post and played in two bands with him after the Whyo's. Sadly Brian Left us in January 2012. Great guy and a great musician who is missed by all who knew him.

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was the guitarist for a band called ‘Freddie and the Hubcaps’ .
We then became the ‘Mad Daddys’.. We played shows
with the ‘Whyos’ many times. I also would go out and see them
when the played by themselves and every so often I would ask to join them singing
‘Blue Swede Shoes’ etc. I remember very clearly jumping on stage with them at a place called
‘Englanders’ on route 22 back around 83. We brought the house down.
They were a GREAT band and really GREAT people..
If anyone has photo’s of that performance PLEASE let me know.

4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello all fans of the Whyos! I am German and have filmed the Whyos with videocamera! Oct. 6 in 1984 played the Whyos in Eindhoven / Holland! Her appearance lasted 31 minutes and it was a terrific show! Except the Whyos, Dave Phillips (from England) Haydon Thompson and Carl Mann came this evening! Who has Intéressée on a DVD with the rare video footage, please contact me! My email address:
Keep rockin' RALPH

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello all fans of the Whyos! I am German and have filmed the Whyos with videocamera! Oct. 6 in 1984 played the Whyos in Eindhoven / Holland! Her appearance lasted 31 minutes and it was a terrific show! Except the Whyos, Dave Phillips (from England) Haydon Thompson and Carl Mann came this evening! Who has Intéressée on a DVD with the rare video footage, please contact me! My email address correctly:

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all fans of the WHYOS! On Oct. 6, 1984 played the WHYOS in Eindhoven / Netherlands. Her appearance was 32 minutes. A great performance of grandiose and very memorable.
I completely filmed the concert on video. Image and sound good.!
Who has interest to send me e-mail! I was thinking first and foremost of the members of the WHYOS. These are: Mike Girão - guitar Tim Gorell - vocals, Brian Post (upright) bass, Joe Geary - drums, Joe Bundett - guitar.
Brian Post died in 2012. R.I.P.
My correct e-mail address:

6:27 PM  

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