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Davie Allan and the Arrows - King Fuzzdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is an Australian bootleg compilation of Davie's sixties material, issued in honor of Davie's contribution to great guitar. The title is most appropriate, and Davie was honored when he saw it. A good cross sectional introduction to the legacy of King Fuzz!
Picks: Blue's Theme, U. F. O., Bongo Party, The Shape Of Things To Come, Grog's Hog, Theme From The Wild Angels, Action In The Street, Granny Goose, Another Cycle In Detroit, King Fuzz, The Devil's Rumble, Blue's Trip, Tomahawk, Skaterdater Rock, Cycle-Delic

Track by Track Review


Blue's Theme dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Davie will always be most famous for his Billboard biker flick soundtrack hit. It's the first time Davie's own invention of the biker fuzz instro burst into the consciousness of average Americans. In the popular sense, King Fuzz was born here! This is Davie Allan's signature tune. It became a household fixture when it appeared in the biker flick Devil's Angels, and has been a part of Davie's repertoire ever since. It is also the groundbreaking track that catapulted fuzz into the hearts of bikers everywhere. Great, and grungy.

U. F. O. dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

"U. F. O." is dark and evil with mucho fuzz and evil growls. The melody is very serviceable, having seen multiple reinterpretations by Davie under titles such as "Theme From The Unknown" and "Dark Alley."

Bongo Party dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

This is a single B-side, with Davie's fuzz and bongos creating a Preston Epps beat generation atmosphere for the hipsters emerging in the mid sixties.

The Shape Of Things To Come dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Since Max Frost & the Troopers is a pseudonym for Davie Allan & the Arrows, it's quite alright for Davie and company to instrumentalize this Billboard hit tune. Of course, it is fuzzy and works just fine.

Grog's Hog dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Cool funky drums and bass, major fuzz guitar playing in tandem with the bass, and some noodling over the top, make for an ominous track.

Theme From The Wild Angels dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

This unusual and almost pop melody is fuzzed to death by King Fuzz, with lots of note bending craziness, and a pristine almost surf rhythm guitar behind. It's all too surreal. Great short blast of bikerness.

Action In The Street dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

"Action In The Street" sports super fuzz and long sustain, intense siren backtrack, large soundscape, evil doings in danger land. Great drums! Weirdly scary.

Granny Goose dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Vocal)

I am so glad this appears on this compilation. Its a single that got no exposure at all, but it is priceless. There was a series of Granny Goose commercials with a Marlboro Man look alike who tore open his bag of chips with his teeth after stating from horseback "My name is Granny - Granny Goose!". It was too funny. Davie recorded this hilarious honorarium to Mr. Goose, with all the macho references, and declaring that "It may sound funny, but all the girls, they call me honey..." So cool!

Another Cycle In Detroit dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

A motorcycle engine throttles up, then in slams Davie Allan's big fuzz monster guitar, delivering a melodic grindy tune. It's heavy and yet sports a light melody line for a cool contradiction.

King Fuzz dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Davie's namesake song, also known as "Mario's Theme." This is a very fuzzy rendition, with grit and grandly ugly guitar tone. The string bending and guitar harmonies are demented and delightful.

The Devil's Rumble dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Dark, evil long fuzz notes ominously drag you into a dark place where your life is in danger. A simple melody, more a jam progression over heavy toms, and an intense psychedelic sound. Very cool.

Blue's Trip dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Inspired by Larry Williams' "Slow Down," this track is sporty and very fuzzy, with a simple progression melody, and a choppy transition, plus a wah-wah break that's right out of 1967.

Tomahawk dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A slowish echoed variation on the "Blues Theme" idea, but reverby and unusually light. Another melody that has served Davie well over the years, this time in an unusual arrangement that's pretty surfy. It's a nice touch.

Skaterdater Rock dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Totally fuzzified version, about the same pace as the second version. This is Davie's initial crossing into maximum fuzz, and it's very cool. raspy, dirty, grodie, and very fun. The back track is the same as version 2.

Cycle-Delic dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

This is simply the most amazing psych instro ever recorded, with the first-time recording of Davie screaming into the guitar pickups. "Cycle-Delic" is so strong that the break alone was the basis for "Missing Link" later in th eighties. This track screams out with twisted visionary noise, creating chills on your spine. Utterly fantastic!