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The Cocktail Preachers - Live On KFJCdotdotdotdot
artworkThe Cocktail Preachers played KFJC in 2002. They re-sequenced the show and added spiffy artwork last year (2003) for a special limited edition release. It was a pleasure having them in The Pit, and great to hear the show again!
Picks: Banzai, Highball Holiday, Long Boards Rule, Tailspin, Baja, Mecca, Margarita Meltdown, I Think It Means Death, Roswell Surf Report, Last Ride, Branded, Albatross Joe, Having An Average Weekend, Pipeline

Track by Track Review


Banzai dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a "hey ho let's go" cheer, the Cocktail Preachers opened the show with a classic surf jam. "Banzi" is infectious and fun.

Highball Holiday dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Highball Holiday" uses whammy and a touch of "Telstar" on the waves. The melody line is optimistic. It's a rhythmic and rich tune with a pure surf arrangement.

Long Boards Rule dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Long Boards Rule" uses a highly unusual structure and combination of familiar elements, which gives it a fresh sound. The Kinks' "You Really Got Me" emphasis chords are cool.

Tailspin dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fine performance of Los Straitjackets' "Tailspin." All the circular power and grace of the original is well adapted to the trio format. The Cocktail Preachers make this shine.

Baja dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Purely delicate and reverbed delightfully, this is a fine version of Lee Hazelwood's great "Baja." The restrained interpretation displays just how versatile this song is. Excellent!

Mecca dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Gene Pitney's teenage Bedouin pop hit "Mecca" is a fine choice for a surf instro. It's rhythmic, fluid, and exotic, but not exactly middle eastern. The liquid melody line, solid arrangement, and suave beat provide a great reverb vehicle.

Margarita Meltdown dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Moody and exuberant, and dramatic too, "Margarita Meltdown" is simply a very cool track. Tribal drums and splashy Mexican themes, with a melody line which is really infectious. An excellent performance.

I Think It Means Death dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Like an understated and subdued bow to "Harlem Nocturne," "I Think It Means Death" shimmers with vibrato guitar and soft bass and drums. Very pretty in a moody way.

Roswell Surf Report dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Roswell Surf Report" has a melody line which circles several times before settling into a dissonant chord assault. It's a little like the rolling swells that rise to curl before crashing into the rocks. It's all here.

Last Ride dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Last Ride" is wonderfully infectious in a cool vein, with splash and a great beat. Powerful tom toms drive, and the melody and fluid bass add up to a powerful and durable surf performance.

Branded dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Link Wray's classic garage anthem "Branded" is powered and reverbed with the requisite spunk. Deeply reverbed, it takes on an even grodier sound. Cool version.

Albatross Joe dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Albatross Joe" is one fast chunky number, like a minor Surf Trio thing with edgy guitar and tenacious energy, plus some nasty double picking.

Having An Average Weekend dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Cocktail Preachers do a fine cover of "Having An Average Weekend" (Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet), with ample twang and the requisite humor in tow. Excellent!

Pipeline dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Closing out the set is a whammified dangerous version of the Chantays' "Pipeline." The splash of the guitar drives the song, while the drums and bass grumble below. Mean and surferific. Big Dick Dale-ish glissandoes amp it up. Very cool.