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The Aquanauts - Live At The Hubdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a live recording made at The Hub in Fullerton, California in September of 2002. What id demonstrates is that the Aquanauts really should have cut an album. The originals here are very good!
Picks: Chummin', Quisp, Batman, Bulldog, Apache, Dark Eyes, Relampagos, Rock Bottom, XK-E, Splash, Galloot, Pintor, Ensenada, Crazy Horse, Tsunami

Track by Track Review


Chummin' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Halibuts' "Chummin'" is done quite differently than the flatfish boys' original. Thrashy rhythm guitar and a bumpier chunkier approach give it a more edgy sound.

Quisp dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Quisp" is an original Aquanauts song with a classic riff and whammy chords for extra surfability. Catchy and infectious, with a great reverb rhythm.

Batman dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chunky and thickly whammy chorded, "Batman" rocks just like the heavy thunder captured all those years ago by Al and Richie Schmidt at RCA Hollywood. This is the Lee Hazelwood song the Astronauts recorded, not the Neil Hefty TV theme.

Bulldog dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Fireballs' classic "Bulldog" entered the surf idiom very early on via the Challengers and others. This is much heavier than the graceful delicacy of the original.

Apache dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Jerry Lordan's "Apache" is often covered by surfbands. This is based on the Jorgen Ingmann version, but is chunkier and more choppy. Pretty cool!

Dark Eyes dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This traditional Russian song has been a staple among instro bands for a long time, though not often surfbands. "Dark Eyes" lends itself to the reverb well. Chunky and rhythmic, and quite infectious.

Relampagos dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Relampagos" ("Lightning") is dedicated to the great bygone Spanish band Los Relampagos. It sports a fine melody and some great lead guitar work. Glissandoes and reverb splash add immensely to this song.

Rock Bottom dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Rock Bottom" has an interesting riff that's unusual for surf, yet works really well. Infectious and rhythmic, with a scenic coastal quality. An excellent track!

XK-E dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a great cover of the Boss Martians' "XK-E." Lots of energy and sparkle, and mighty infectious rhythm. Heavier than the original, and sporting a magical chemistry. Great track!

Splash dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The rhythm track is right outta "Somethin' Else," but the melody riff is different, and the addition of heavy whammy chords makes it into a catchy and perfect surf instro. Crunchy and powerful!

Galloot dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Galloot" is a mid tempo song with big chord whammy and a sparkling lead riff. Original and pumping cool, it emotes oceanic swells and rain. very cool song.

Pintor dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Spanish splash of this song is always infectious. The Pharos' "Pintor" has been covered a few times (Get Wet, Baronics, Pavlov's Woody, Rick Gale and the Surf Riders). This is a fine version made a little mean through the big whammy chords, and retaining the great rhythm. Very nice!

Ensenada dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

the sun shines down on a Baja fishing village. Just off shore, curl riders criss-cross the glassy tubes. Great Spanish influences and a fine melody line. Excellent writing!

Crazy Horse dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Indian themes run over tribal drums and bass thunder. Surf whammy chords and dribbling reverb guitar. "Crazy Horse" is an excellent instro with a wholly original sound.

Tsunami dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A Japanese intro gives way to a stormy and somewhat gloomy melody. The danger of the drums adds to the chunky tribal assault.