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Brazil 2001 - Humunga Cowabungadotdotdotdot
artworkThis is Brazil 2001's set produced from the live event held December 16, 1995. The CD-R is for on air promotions, and is not available in any form.
Picks: Introduction, One Note Samba, Five Feet Short, PCH, Haole Girl, Rudolph The Love Sick Reindeer, Cactus, Fist Full Of Sand, Walk Don't Run, Shaved Ice, Fog, Penetration, Wearing Girl's Clothes

Track by Track Review

Introduction dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a mono-note opening thrasher prelude to "One Note Samba." Intense!

One Note Samba dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Antonio Carlos Jobim's little ditty became a monster under the gun of Bernard Yin's imagination. Bit's of Agent Orange and tons of energy make this work really well. Totally great!

Five Feet Short dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

Thee best vocal tune in decades IMHO. I love this! It's all about the ocean as a female. The lip-buzz faux double pick is brilliant! "I'm having this vision of decadent love, putting on my booties, putting on my gloves." Yeow! The glass finger guitar under Dracula's daughter is marvelous. Like the song says, "Escargot with a golden tan, Brigitte Bardot in a 64 van!" Bernard introduced it as "Five Feet Short," but it's actually called "Double Overhead."

PCH dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"PCH" (Pacific Coast Highway) is brazilliant! B2K1 always deliver the goods, and this slowish and interesting song is no exception! It progresses down the road to the sunny coast on the left side of your map of the world where Bernard's big guitar meander through this lazy day driving song. Great.

Haole Girl dotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

Starting out with a moody and delicate tropical guitar, "Haole Girl" moves into major guitar edge, tom toms, double picked chaos and massive glissandoes, all to support the lecherous tale of an Island youth lusting after the rich young tourist. This song is so Bernard! :-}

Rudolph The Love Sick Reindeer dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The boys from Brazil 2001 pack a bunch of holiday cheer into a slow and touching new tribute to the lead reindeer. It's entirely different than you expect, with a surf-blues melody line bringing forth this sinewy and slow romancer. Great performance!

Cactus dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Not since Slim Whitman has a whistling song been worth a shit. This is stellar! Totally melodic, infectious, and completely captivating! Imagine a slow sinewy Southwest desert guitar and haunting whistling Enio Morricone style. The circular melody line is magnetic and aromatic, and the whistle almost ghostly.

Fist Full Of Sand dotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

Huge number that reminds me a bit of Killing Joke. Maximum edge and cool glass finger guitar. B-man's soft lyrics seem somehow at odds with the music, yet curiously, that just adds to the draw of this song.

Walk Don't Run dotdotdotdot
Aggressive Surf (Instrumental)

This performance of "Walk Don't Run" powers and dodges with surf ease and punk chop edge. A brilliant false end decays into feedback chaos angst.

Shaved Ice dotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

An edgy rock number with a spoken lyric about a painful summer for a local boy caused by a girl (what else?). Lot's of cool changes and a big sound. The damped chops and tribal drums are intensely cool!

Fog dotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

Here it is, Bernard Yin's sad tale of an ex-surfer in malaise over becoming oh-so middle class. Could it be Bernard is having an aging crisis? Brilliant and funny. It seques right into "Penetration."

Penetration dotdotdotdotdot
Intense Aggressive Surf (Instrumental)

This is hot! Many a version of the Pyramids surf classic has been recorded, but it can all stop here! Tortured edgy maximum guitar chunk.

Wearing Girl's Clothes dotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

Ah yes, the story of cross-dressing, as opposed to salad dressing. Chunky, chop driven, silly lyrics, and amazing arranging. Yikes!