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The Bottle Ups - Boppalina Goes West and 5 Othersdotdotdotdot
artworkThis exceptional Swedish band of the eighties issued just a couple of singles and and mini albums. Their cowboys on surfboards sound is intense and infectious. Nearly every tune ends with their trademark compressed vibrato guitar decay fading into throbbing feedback. This stuff rules!
Picks: Boppalina Goes West, Cactus Jazz, Surf Beat, One Two Two, Smith and Wesson Theme, Rumble

Track by Track Review


Boppalina Goes West dotdotdotdot
Vibrato Cowpoke Surf (Instrumental)

The edgy guitar churns out an infectious melody line over a galloping beat, and displays a compressed and breathing vibrato at the trailing edges of the guitar lines. Chunky, spunky, and full throated.

Cactus Jazz dotdotdotdot
Vibrato Cowpoke Surf (Instrumental)

This is a theme for an imaginary western (not Felix Pappalardi's song). It's striking thematic qualities create an expectation of stage coach chases and hard rides across the prairie. With a shoot out anticipated at every cross road, this shimmers with distortion and power.

Surf Beat dotdotdotdot
Vibrato Cowpoke Surf (Instrumental)

Dick Dale's surf grinder turned vibrato monster, with dry lead, throbbing rhythm, and solid rockabilly rhythms. It takes on a jazzy quality, without losing either the surf foundation or the rockabilly interpretation. Quite a nice variation on a common cover.

One Two Two dotdotdot
Vibrato Cowpoke Surf (Instrumental)

named for the beat pattern it employs, this melodic Link Wray styled fast cowboy stomp rolls into the coral looking for a colt to break, and gives a heck of a ride in the process. Solid twang and vibrato throb.

Smith and Wesson Theme dotdotdotdotdot
Vibrato Cowpoke Surf (Instrumental)

For the second amendment challenged, this is not dedicated to vegetable oil. This highly infectious vibrato throbbing instro has a great melody, an fine galloping rhythm, and punch deluxe.

Rumble dotdotdotdot
Vibrato Cowpoke Surf (Instrumental)

A dark and brooding interpretation of Link Wray's signature tune. This throbs throughout, and is augmented with extra chord progressions, giving it a different and surreal feel. High powered stuff. The breathing of the compressed vibrato is so cool, and the super thick multi-guitar grinding fuzz towards the end just curls your hair! Wow!