Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Angel Dustdotdotdotdot
artworkSteve Albini produced this tribute to the biker film genre in 1988, and released it in England. Taken entirely from vinyl and film sources, it summarizes the genre amazingly well. Way cool!
Picks: Blue's Theme, The Chase Is On, Angels Die Hard, By Force, The Stompers And The Souls, Cycle-Delic, Mind Transferral, Skip To My Mary J, Get It On, Ghost Story, Blue's Theme

Track by Track Review


Blue's Theme dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Davie will always be most famous for his Billboard biker flick soundtrack hit. It's the first time Davie's own invention of the biker fuzz instro burst into the consciousness of average Americans. In the popular sense, King Fuzz was born here! This is Davie Allan's signature tune. It became a household fixture when it appeared in the biker flick Devil's Angels, and has been a part of Davie's repertoire ever since. It is also the groundbreaking track that catapulted fuzz into the hearts of bikers everywhere. Great, and grungy.

The Chase Is On dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

The opener is a really dumb sample from a bad biker flick, all about bikers mean-streaking a "sissy." The track is an updated version of "The Chase." It's dark and evil and fuzzier than ever, and totally dominated by the drums. Rhythmic and menacing.

Angels Die Hard dotdot
Brass (Instrumental)

Horns and soul-funk based brass and guitar jammin' groove. Kinda cool, but without any real focus. It kinda reminds me of Tower of Power without the Oakland grease.

By Force dotdot
Movie Funk (Instrumental)

Like much of the seventies soul-funk groove, "By Force" is much more about riffs and sounds than music. It has no melody line, but grooves just the same with a cinematic structure.

The Stompers And The Souls dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

From the biker flick The Glory Stompers, this punky theme fuzzes and grinds in a relentless playful party mood. Later retitled "Polyurethane." Psycho and totally cool! Demented guitar lines, and twisted sound. Great!

Cycle-Delic dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

This is simply the most amazing psych instro ever recorded, with the first-time recording of Davie screaming into the guitar pickups. "Cycle-Delic" is so strong that the break alone was the basis for "Missing Link" later in th eighties. This track screams out with twisted visionary noise, creating chills on your spine. Utterly fantastic!

Mind Transferral dotdotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf Fuzz (Instrumental)

The track opens into a "Pipeline" backtrack and a surfy psychedelic guitar, with the drums backwards. Really cool nutso psych. Rhythmic and bizarre. I love it, especially Davie's totally intense guitar. It opens with a poem to a dead biker... oh so hippy!

Skip To My Mary J dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Phase shifted cars drive past as the Poor launch into ultra fuzz inspired by Davie Allan and the Arrows. Rhythmic and catchy, dark and grodie, "Skip To My Mary J" is shadowy and abrasive with a thick relentless film psychedelic sound.

Get It On dotdotdot
Film Fuzz (Instrumental)

Pure soundtrack madness with a grungy tone and jaws harp twang, bongos, kettle drums, and the kitchen sink. Definitely psycho.

Ghost Story dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

This opens with an angry requiem for a fallen biker. Davie's ultra tweak LSD distorted best oozes from this fuzzista deluxe scene setter. A nightmare in piano and fuzz with manic drums and a thick mix. A dark twisted major distortion psycho jam. What a trip.

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Surf (Instrumental)

This is the Davie Allan and the Arrows' classic released under the name the Hogs, but of course it's the Chocolate Watchband. It's almost as fuzzy as Davie's original, and with Ed Cobb's wooden malletted kick drum, it's pretty cool.