Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Mark Brodie and the Beaver Patrol - Shreddin' and Surfin'dotdotdotdot
artworkThe eagerly awaited 3 song single from Canada's great reverb hope does not disappoint. The promise of "Bad Hair Day" is exceeded. You have probably figured out that I like Mark's band mondo mucho. This is a must-have single. The GNP Crescendo parody DIY Shredder label logo is delightful... Mel Shredder is obviously havin' fun with this.
Picks: Scarlett O'Hara, Montezuma's Revenge, Shake-N-Stomp

Track by Track Review


Scarlett O'Hara dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

When Jet Harris & Tony Meehan recorded this back in '62, I thought there could be equally fine rendition. That held true for 35 years, until Mark blasted this surfy version onto tape. I remember playing this the day Shig & Buzz visited me at KFJC. Peter "Buzz" Miller was a production assistant to Joe Meek and guitarist in England's Peter Jay & the Jaywalkers. They used to do this song in their sets after Jet Harris & Tony Meehan had a hit with it (a great record - check it out). Peter currently runs a studio and recording school in San Francisco (Peter Miller Recording). On hearing this track, Peter commented "Is that the 'Scarlett' song? That's really good!" And, so it is. This is a stellar performance and an infectious track.

Montezuma's Revenge dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very nice surf original, with lots of flair and coolness. The melody flows, and the beat is very solid. It's optimistic, as are all Brodie performances.

Shake-N-Stomp dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dick Dale probably didn't expect anyone to cover his simple rhythmic tune. In many ways, it's a spin-off of Surf Beat, which he probably had no idea would be definitional of the beat and the genre, for it is his beat that graces many of the surf tracks, and it is the name of this track that has been lifted to identify the genre itself. "Shake n' Stomp" is just about the best cover of Dick Dale's early Del-tone masterwork I've ever heard. Mark gets this really good trad sound that is also quite modern. It has that you-play-quiet-and-I-make-it-loud-in-the-mix kind of punch that most surf records from Pal & Downey had.