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Big Wednesday - Oxnard Breakdotdotdot
artworkThis cassette demo was recorded in Lewie's bedroom with two mics and a real-to-real recorder in February of 1990. The covers are quite respectable, while the two originals are exceptionally well written. They were from Oxnard.
Picks: Big Wednesday, Crash, Surfin' and Spyin', Bombora, Surf Samba, Pipeline, Walk, Don't Run, Surf Rider

Track by Track Review


Big Wednesday dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Big Wednesday" a really cool tune, original and fluid, full of the surf sound, rooted in trad. The ambient sound only hints at the power hidden within. Chunky glissandoes, surf chords, and a very memorable melody line. An excellent tune waiting for a real studio take.

Crash dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This cover of the Creations' classic "Crash" is energetic and accurate. Infectiously delivered, right down to the shouts of joy. Solid trad.

Surfin' and Spyin' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Decent and respectful version of the Go-Go's tune, reverbed and accurate.

Bombora dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Accurate, but with less raw guts than the Original Surfaris. Still, it carries the energy and the intent. Solid performance.

Surf Samba dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

What a cool tune. Sorta Mexican, sorta suave, and definitely cool. This tune shows the promise this band never quite delivered, collapsing before a solid release. This is slightly sad, and a little haunting. Melodic and very enjoyable.

Pipeline dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Respectable version of the Chantays' classico. It's slightly gentle, very trad, more like the Dave Myers and the Surftones version combined with the Spiedels version than the original. Tasty.

Walk, Don't Run dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Ventures' 1960 arrangement, chunked up just a bit, reverbed tastily.

Surf Rider dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty straight version of the Lively Ones' classic. It's slightly slow, fluid and ringing. Nice track.