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Davie Allan and the Arrows - Cycledelic Soundsdotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is one of the great lost treasures of the early psychedelic music era. Davie Allan's biker fuzz and surf become the basis of psych masterpieces. Essential!
Picks: Cycle-Delic, Invasion, Cody's Theme, Blue's Trip, The 13th Harley, Another Cycle In Detroit, Grog's Hog, Devil's Angels Theme, The Born Loser's Theme, Mind Transferal, Sulkin', Angel With A Devil's Heart, I'm Leavin'

Track by Track Review


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!

Invasion dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Like a dark train coming down that track, "Invasion" distorts reality to the point where the locomotive appears to be an alien craft. Colorful and very fuzzy!

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.

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)

Dark low-note fuzz paints a picture of a gloomy ride down a dead end road. Sad and distantly hopeful, "The 13th Harley" rides into the sunset in the fluid style only Davie Allan and the Arrows can produce.

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.

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.

Devil's Angels Theme dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Dueling guitar lines, warbling whammy, and a sense of light weight danger. Those tormented whammy notes are just too cool!

The Born Loser's Theme dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

"The Born Loser's Theme" is one of Davie Allan and the Arrows' minor signature tunes. Biker fuzz at its best, melodic, darkly fuzzed, yet somehow just a little safe.

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!

Sulkin' dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

This sorta choppy minor brood is unusual for the period for Davie, with relatively surf guitar and a more subtle nature. Harmonica, organ, and a cool surf riff.

Angel With A Devil's Heart dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Vocal)

"Angel With A Devil's Heart" is a vocal about a dangerous liaison. Melodic and powerful fuzzola, as you must expect by now, plus proof Davie can sing. This track is a fine example of how effective the combination of melody and distortion can be, even with vocals.

I'm Leavin' dotdotdotdotdot
Garage Punk (Vocal)

"I'm Leavin'" is a semi pop vocal with a definite garage edge. More garage punk than psych or surf or biker fuzz, and quite tuff. There wasn't much left of the pre-psych sound in '68, but it's clear that it still worked. In some ways, it reminds me of the darkness and textures of Sean Bonniwell's band the Music Machine.