Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Cocktail Companiondotdot
artworkThis is the CD issue of the singles box Estrus released a couple of years back. Much of this is available elsewhere. Most of this is only moderately interesting, and some is poorly recorded. The highlight is the Apemen track.
Picks: Pogo A Go-Go, Intoxica, A Shot In The Dark, Mockingbird, The Carbonated Comet, Moonshine Martinis, Vampiro

Track by Track Review


Pogo A Go-Go dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Early reverbiage from Holland's Apemen. Among their best early originals, "Pogo a Go-go" is chunky and quirky. The melody is fluid and way fun.

Intoxica dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The classic surf tune covered pretty well, but slowly played with a trad surf sound.

A Shot In The Dark dotdot
Exotic (Instrumental)

Unusual and very aggressive edgie band does a sax version of the Henry Mancini standard soundtrack tune.

Mockingbird dotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Lo-fi crap recording of "Road Runner" under the name "Mockingbird." The performance is ok, but the sound sux!

The Carbonated Comet dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Semi-lounge Pacific Northwest instro work.

Moonshine Martinis dot
Garage Rock & Roll (Instrumental)

Stereotypical moonshine bopalina.

Vampiro dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sorta Bat Man-ish. Not much of a melody and not much direction. It was cool for about a minute, but then I got bored.