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Davie Allan and the Arrows - Devil's Rumbledotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a great double disc set finally wrested from Mike Curb's clutches. 'Bout time! Davie Allan is one of the most overlooked guitarists of the last 40 years. Beginning with his first single for Mike Curb, he displayed exceptional writing and playing ability. Davie Allan and the Arrows have continued in one form or another through today, with remarkable strength of performance and continued powerhouse writing. His music for the early indie film Skaterdater won him recognition, but his most important accomplishment remains his creation of the biker fuzz genre for soundtracks to films like Wild Angels. "Blue's Theme" set the pace, hit nationally, and has influenced thousands of guitarists since. His band even included Paul Johnson on rhythm guitar for a while ("Apache '65"). His aggressive fuzz guitar and insane screaming into his pickups earned him the nickname King Fuzz. Davie Allan is a national treasure!
Picks: Apache '65, Blue Guitar, The Rebel (Without A Cause), Tomahawk, Scratchy, Commanche, Moondawg '65, Dance The Freddie, Theme From The Wild Angels, U. F. O., Blue's Theme, Bongo Party, The Chase, The Unknown Rider, Devil's Angels, Cody's Theme, Theme From Thunder Alley, Pete's Orgy, The Devil's Rumble, The Ghost Story, King Fuzz, Action In The Street, (Ghost) Riders In The Sky, The Young World, Born Losers' Theme, The Loser's Bar, Moonfire, Cycle-Delic, Blue Rides Again, Invasion, Blue's Trip, The 13th Harley, Another Cycle In Detroit, Mind Transferal, Lulu's World, The Glory Stompers, The Stompers And The Souls, The Checkered Flag, Hellcat, Shape Of Things To Come

Track by Track Review

Apache '65 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an odd rendering of the Jerry Lordan tune made famous in the us by Jorgen Ingmann. It's sped up, and it has a whole new feeling to it. Davie's interpretation is unusual, and it works. Not too fuzzy.

Blue Guitar dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

It's "Peckinpaw's Theme" played slowly and surfily with lush Ferrante and Teischer styled piano overdubbed. The piano is too much - so schmaltzy.

The Rebel (Without A Cause) dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Movie magic, with a sound lying somewhere between surf and biker fuzz. The melody is flowing and dramatic. Attractive in a story telling kinda way, with just a touch of mystery from the string bending. A very nice track.

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.

Scratchy dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

And you though Travis Wammack did the definitive version of his Billboard hit fuzz instro - not! Davie gives it more edge and power, and less of that Memphis studio soul. Cool!

Commanche dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This Indian theme number is quirky, stereotypical, and very infectious. Brilliantly written and delivered. Davie Allan is a master at reinventing the Indian motif with surf twang and style. "Commanche" is a great track!

Moondawg '65 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Davie's complete reconstruction of the Gamblers' studio gem. "Moondawg '65" is chunky and laden with that classic Davie Allan sound. Great drums and rhythm.

Dance The Freddie dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Dance The Freddie" is a light weight melodic tune with a catchy riff and tambourine. This is a happy track that hasn't been reissued before.

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.

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."

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.

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 Chase dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Echoed drums and bass guitar walking down the road with a bit of guitar. Mostly a rhythmic track, designed to support a scene. It's very drum oriented, and interesting to a point, but not for long.

The Unknown Rider dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one of the great lost surf tracks, melodic, unusually produced, and really good listening. Davie's use of the whammy bar is precise and perfectly executed, delivering an extra dimension of sadness. Wonderful.

Devil's Angels dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

More motorcycle engines, more melodic Davie Allan fuzz, and twin guitars at that. It's more melodic and less dangerous than "Blue's Theme," but just as interesting. Big grinding biker fuzz, and featuring some of Davie's tortured note bending.

Cody's Theme dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Motorcycle engines pass by, and then in comes Davie's twin fuzz monster sound delivering a lumbering melody over a military backtrack. Great intense choking action! Wow! Davie also uses a Leslie effect on his guitar in the break.

Theme From Thunder Alley dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Thick and menacing with a sense of humor, "Theme From Thunder Alley" pounds with a dangerous edge. This grodie song was even covered by the eighties girl-garage legends the Pandoras.

Pete's Orgy dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Fuzz and a simple riff bring on images of bikers chasing nymphets through the tulips with their Harleys as backdrops. The piano adds a sense of sophistication to the dropout mentality. Fun and flippant.

The Devil's Rumble dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Low down extra grodie super distortion long sustain guitar, a lumbering bass line, and knife-at-the-ready drums. You can here the beginnings of psychedelia's influence on Davie's music. Very grungy.

The Ghost Story dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Fuzz (Instrumental)

Drama, danger, psychedelic swirl, demented fuzz, piano madness, bass grumble, and drummed pomp. "The Ghost Story" is not a song really, but rather an exercise in disturbed scene setting. Quite powerful.

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.

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.

(Ghost) Riders In The Sky dotdotdotdot
Cowboy Surf (Instrumental)

Low-E guitar, a cowboy backtrack, cow slingers shouting at them dogies, and a bunch of country feel. A nice version, relatively standard arrangement, which is pretty unusual for Davie. Simply cool!

The Young World dotdotdotdot
Fuzz (Instrumental)

Romping fuzz and psycho-edged warbles from string bending, extra grodie guitar, and a classic Davie Allan melody line. "The Young World" is a fine example of the poppier side of fuzz, yet is a very credible mind rocker.

Born Losers' Theme dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Big production low grind fuzz, moderately interesting melody, revved up by extra distortion. The track is truncated at the beginning.

The Loser's Bar dotdotdotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

This is a very cool song, bridging surf and twang sensibilities with a very tasteful melody. The damped EchoPlexed lines are very cool, and then the dribbling surfisms add that extra over the top coolness. Excellent!

Moonfire dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

This is an interesting track, with borrowed elements from a number of classics melded into a new thing. The drums from "Wipe Out" merged with the drums from "Moon Dawg," which also provided the piano and rhythm, and then a bit of Davie Allan's sound and fury binds it all together. Quite interesting.

Cycle-Delic dotdotdotdotdot
Psychedelic 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. This song is so strong, the break alone was the basis for Missing Link, where Davie also employs the screaming trick. This screams out with twisted visionary noise, and creates chills on your spine. Utterly fantastic!

Blue Rides Again dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

"Blue Rides Again" is a bit of a chumpy bouncer with tongue in cheek, but it's also strangely attractive with the guitar whammy and odd backbeat. Kinda like a country picnic with a moron in dirty denim, the song laughs and flows and has an endearing sound.

Invasion dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Space Fuzz (Instrumental)

Warped long slow whammy dips, great drums, long leaning fuzz notes, and a dangerous edge. "Invasion" hints at danger just over the hill.

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.

The 13th Harley dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

"13th Harley" is a brooding and sullen song with a distant background guitar that hints of a ceremony over the hill. The rhythm track is soft and gentle. Davie's guitar almost cries in some spots. The added violins are the final touch. The really low fuzz almost sounds like a French Horn cutting wood.

Another Cycle In Detroit dotdotdotdot
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.

Mind Transferal dotdotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf Fuzz (Instrumental)

The track opens into a "Pipeline" backtrack and a surfy psychedelic guitar, with the drums backwards. Really cool nutso psych. Rhythmic and bizarre. I love it, especially Davie's totally intense guitar. It opens with a poem to a dead biker... oh so hippy!

Lulu's World dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

An unusual combination of a country melody played with extreme fuzz with harmonica. It is very intense, and the whammy is wild. A great and grinding track.

The Glory Stompers dotdotdotdot
Country Fuzz (Vocal)

Davie's melodic vocal biker epic "The Glory Stompers" is melodic and fuzzy and gloriously cool! Davie cut several vocals that are well worth tracking down, this being one.

The Stompers And The Souls dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

From the biker flick The Glory Stompers, this punky theme fuzzes and grinds in a relentless playful party mood. Later retitled "Polyurethane." Psycho and totally cool! Demented guitar lines, and twisted sound. Great!

The Checkered Flag dotdotdotdot
Pop-Psych Fuzz (Instrumental)

Swirly guitar effects and a classic Davie Allan melody line, drama, and psychedelic overtones. "The Checkered Flag" is a cool pop-psych capsule. This song has been retitled a couple of times.

Hellcat dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

"Hellcat" is a fluid song with fuzz and class. Melodic, well structured, and attractive, while also being dangerous and edgy.

Shape Of Things To Come dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Davie Allan and the Arrows were also Max Frost & the Troopers, and they had a bit hit with this song, vocally anyway. This is the instro version of the song, and was often thought of as a cover, but then can you cover yourself? A fine instro.