Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Chairman Of The Board [Soundtrack]dotdot
artworkEasily one of the more interesting of the Surfdog comps, with some actual surf squished between the likes of Penny, Sprung Monkey and Gary Hoey.
Picks: Ska-La-Carte, Scooter Trash, Reventlo Hayride, Let's Luau, Tazerguns Mean Big Fun, Scratchin' and Twistin', Stack Attack

Track by Track Review

Ska-La-Carte dot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one derivative riffer, patterned on many an old fifties instro. No melody at all, just a riff and a bit of a gimmick.

Scooter Trash dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

A jump boogie with touches of Armageddon's "Buzzard" throughout. Now, there's a song someone should surf up! Brian Pool, where are you?

Reventlo Hayride dotdotdotdot
Turnip Truck Twang (Instrumental)

With tongue planted firmly in cheek, these dry whited humor mongers develop their own bumpkin surf genre accompany you on your next town doings when you partake of the "Reventlo Hayride," making for fun and corn dogs. A great concept.

Let's Luau dotdotdotdot
Turnip Truck Twang (Instrumental)

"Let's Luau" is more driven and trad surf than many of the Blue Hawaiians's originals. A surf twang progression and an infectious rhythm, and lots of energy, along with a pumpin' bass and cool drums. There's a narrative in the middle that reminds me of Drew Weaver. Quite cool!

Tazerguns Mean Big Fun dotdotdot
Turnip Truck Twang (Instrumental)

"Tazerguns Mean Big Fun" typical of Man Or Astro-Man's originals, with more drive and flash than melody. Lots of oomph and pump, but no focus.

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Hillbilly Stomp (Instrumental)

I continue to have difficulty getting interested in the Hillbilly Soul Surfers. This is an unremarkable rockabilly stomp. "Scratchin' and Twistin'" is not typical of their recordings, being much less surfable and much more Eddie Angel stomp-ish.

Stack Attack dotdot
Guitar Hero (Instrumental)

Not being a Gary Hoey fan, it's hard for me to be objective. His brand of guitar playing always seems too much like fingerboard exercises and too little like music. Pumpin' drums and bass rumble and a ton of fire, but where's the surf?