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Thee Andrews Surfers - Rip-Off!dotdotdot
artworkBelgium is home to Thee Andrews Surfers. The name might imply the number of forties standards that find themselves totally surfed up here. Then again... The band includes Matto le D. of Fifty Foot Combo on a few tracks. One vocal is included, "Two Minutes To Rip You Off."
Picks: Rum and Coca-Cola, Cecilia Ann, Phercolum, Have Love Will Travel, Le Gendarme De Saint-Tropez, You PUNK!, Thee Mighty Jaws, Andrews Surfers... Go!, Moment Of Truth, Scandinavian Action, Pipeline, Bei Mir Bist Du Schon, Betty's Twist '99, The Wedge

Track by Track Review

Rum and Coca-Cola dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Yup, it's that forties classic, surfed up with extreme suavity and dripping reverb. It's a grand arrangement, with tribal drums, and a sensual bass. Way too cool!

Cecilia Ann dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Faster than either the Pixies' or Chachi, Bobba Fett and the Wookiee's versions, it's like a pepped up reverb recreation, more rockin' than the Surftones, less edgie than the aforementioned. Short, less delicate than the Surftones, and quite enjoyable.

Phercolum dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big chords over tribal drums, like a beach front "Rumble," with a "Jack The Ripper" percussion feel. Big, moody, nasty, and grungy.

Have Love Will Travel dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Richard Berry's follow up to "Louie Louie" delivered with a nod to the Sonics and the surf. Harmonica adds a bluesy feel, and the garage edge retains the Northwest feel, if not its raw demeanor. An interesting tune to cover.

Le Gendarme De Saint-Tropez dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Classic tribal thunder drives this interesting jungle rhythm number from a bygone era. Lots of drive, ample power, and the sorta feel created by the Flat Duo Jets when they did "Sing Sing Sing."

You PUNK! dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Pure punk thrash with reverb. Riff dominated like punk, but thrashed out on a double picked surf guitar, and spiced with a jaws harp. Pretty darn fun.

Thee Mighty Jaws dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The theme to Jaws, less screaming terror than the Surf Coasters version, but certainly dramatic and evil. It launches very gradually into the piece, with a restrained ringing surf guitar and thundering bass. Eventually, the drive of the guitar dominates. Many fine interpretive changes keep this interesting.

Andrews Surfers... Go! dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Fuzz dipped, drum connected, garage ranted, "Andrews Surfers... Go!" is a go-go thing with extra distorted guitar and harmonica. Nasty boots required.

Moment Of Truth dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thundering Original Surfaris arrangement, slashing glissandoes, and straight treatment. A solid cover, with no new ground broken, but plenty of power.

Scandinavian Action dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Excellent drum action opens before the surf guitar and bass thunder ensue. A solid pummeling, double picked and mean. Not very melodic, but really big, like a full on assault.

Pipeline dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

While this is pretty straight, it's also pretty dark, and with the choppy bridge and nasty bass, it takes on a unique air.

Bei Mir Bist Du Schon dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sammy Cohn's number, shreddin' in full reverb and double picked flair. Tribal drums, reverb thunder, bass power, and a mean approach. The use of "Surf Beat" in the middle is a nice touch.

Betty's Twist '99 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Opening with subdued feedback, easing into monster fuzz howl, and lumbering like a gargantuan behemoth coming after you. Big, evil, dangerous, and very cool. What a monster way to close out the CD!

The Wedge dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is hilarious. It sounds like the Whoa Dads' backtrack-version over which the boys "doo doo" their way through the lead melody. It's entirely too silly to avoid, like Z'ev's version of "Hawaii Five-O," only a little less unplanned. This track is uncredited, and appears out past the end of track 13. Extra cool!