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Backflip Louie and the Pool Party Pagans - S/Tdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a project of the Aqua Velvets, with all of the quality and talent you expect. Surf influences for sure, but not the normal groove. You are required to put your lounge hats on tight, liberally apply sunscreen, and generally be free of anything remotely resembling uptightness. This is a totally fun CD, a must for your next barbee in the sun. "Shred Ready Betty" is a vocal that's just too cool, with nods to the Rivington's "Mama Oom Mau Mau" and the Beach Boys' harmonies, and a few dozen other periodisms. Simply fun.
Picks: Barbie Q, Dance Of The Sun Children, Backflip Louie, Out Of The Sand Into The Swing, Pinata, Pool Party Boogaloo, Hey You With The Sneakers On... Out Of The Pool, High Diver, Bamboo Torches, Trip Don't Slip, Everybody In The Pool

Track by Track Review


Barbie Q dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

With a nod to Booker T. and the MG's, the lads play a suave and soulful instro with all the groove required at a Memphis pool party. A really nice track.

Dance Of The Sun Children dotdotdotdotdot
Latin Surf (Instrumental)

Splish splash, the were gettin' a bath in tequila... while "Dance Of The Sun Children" may have been born of the Champs, its liquid flow and suburban coolness make it solely its own song. Great song for party of drive down the coast in search of the sun.

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Louie Louie Surf (Instrumental)

With the endless gnarly coolness of "Louie Louie," and the stereo damped reverb of surf, "Backflip Louie" spread out before you in a suave sway of amazing wonder. Beautifully groovy.

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Swing (Instrumental)

Tahiti calls... and the jazzy piano bar heroes answer. It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing, and the clarinet nails it... simply fun, boys and girls.

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Surf Pop (Instrumental)

No party is complete without a piñata, and so the lads give us this fine song. Fun and groovy in a soulful way, with a simply surf guitar line. A perfect pop capsule.

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Pool Party Surf (Instrumental)

A classic riff goes pool side, Jimmy Smith churns the organ, and the reverb damps and splashes. "Pool Party Boogaloo" is a saucy merger of Memphis soul and surf. Where the Tiki Tones were grinning, Backflip Louie and the Pool Party Pagans groove.

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Pool Party Surf (Instrumental)

With a short title like this, what's left to imagination? Well, there's the musical blending of island adventure and country twang, and the direct and honest fun of "Hey You With The Sneakers On... Out Of The Pool."

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Pool Party Surf (Instrumental)

the big splash yields to a very surfable melody line played on low-E. Soulful in a dark sorta way, "High Diver" is also a surf encounter, restricted only by the sides of the pool. Great song!

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Spooky Surf (Instrumental)

"Bamboo Torches" echoes with a spookiness that haunts the playa after dark. The moodiness and beauty of this song are captivating. It's tribal and soulful, and very cool!

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Soul Surf (Instrumental)

With a bit of Southern charm, "Trip Don't Slip" chances upon a patch of surf amid a Memphis groove. It's a very cool track for an afternoon affair. Liquid and romantic, yet funky and attractive.

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Surf Funk (Instrumental)

"Funky Broadway" at the pool party, with Miles Corbin' big guitar. Twango, funk, and sunscreen. This is a mighty fun track!