Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Various Artists - 1997 Fall Samplerdotdotdot
Skunk Records has ished a fine sampler CD of their roster, or at least of contributors to their coffers. There's more than a modicum of surfisimo instrolla to pacify your word-free requirements.
Picks: Goin' Richter, The Spy Who Dumped Me, Stoned Saga pt. 1 and 3, Flyboys Theme, Ghost Of Dragstrip Hollow

Track by Track Review


Goin' Richter dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A pretty cool surf instro awaits within the little silver bumps of this track. Right from the double picked intro, it bounces right along. It is melodic, energetic, snappy, happy, and infectious. Nice job! It even has that Surf Trio edge, plus a happier more melodic dance in your pants kinda feel. Vince Meghrouni plays sax.

The Spy Who Dumped Me dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dryer instro excursion here, with a long concatenated James Bond (Sean Connery) sample at the start. This is quite differently structured than a surf number, more choppy and long-noted, with bits of James Bondisms thrown in for good measure. It segues right into a more standard punkorama of unnamed dimensions.

Stoned Saga pt. 1 and 3 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Reggae / ska instro mania, soulless and airy, with a nice guitar lead. It has a magnetic quality about it. Without the authenticity of the Jamaican condition, this kind of music can be downright exhilarating. Not requiring so much "oh poor me" lyrical "message" leaves the infectiousness of the structure to infiltrate without the burden of guilt inducing moralization. A nice track.

Flyboys Theme dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I should dig out the vinyl, but I think this is a cover of the Flyboys' instro from the antiquity of the early eighties Athens, Georgia scene. It is majorly more crunchy than they did it, but it has that simple not-quite-a-melody lead sound so prevalent in those pre-REM days. Very chunky, munchy, and punkomatic. Cool!

Ghost Of Dragstrip Hollow dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

With more than a nod to big band swing, this instro bears no inkling of the former surf roots of this band. It's a mighty fun track, and could sit nicely in the CD player during a screening of Swing Kids. Fun, just completely incompatible with surf.