Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Dickheadsdotdotdot
artworkTen different bands from all over the place cover tunes begged, borrowed, stolen, recorded, or written by Dick Dale. It's a strong 10 incher, a mid sized slab of cool tunes.
Picks: Misernagila, Nite Rider, Shake-N-Stomp, Banzai Washout, The Wedge, Mr. Eliminator, Mr. Peppermint Man, Miserlou, Taco Wagon, Surf Beat

Track by Track Review


Misernagila dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty hot pairing of Dick Dale's Mediterranean standard turned surf classic "Miserlou" and his follow-up Med-wedding surfed tune "Have Nagila." The Galaxy Trio do a really solid pairing, with fire and solid drive. Grodie and groovy.

Nite Rider dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

When John Sebastian whined folk-etic about "Nashville Cats," he probably didn't understand that surf was thee primordial music, not country, or that surf could even come from that generally studio-driven industry town. Nevertheless, Thee Phantom 5ive have outdone their usual primal work with a really hot cover of "Nite Rider." Former Del-tone saxician Steve Jarrell honks and squirts a few lines for the cause to great expletivity.

Shake-N-Stomp dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Those cow-twangers the Cowslingers have rendered a pretty gnarly "Shake 'N' Stomp." The energy blasting from the Cowslingers is unmistakable, and the mumbling' bass really low. Grodie and pummelicious.

Banzai Washout dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Then, there are those Furious Car Thieves and their bottom-of-the-barrel lowest-fi near burial of "Banzai Washout." Steve Douglas' incredible original was recorded with fellow studio lizards the as the Catalinas, and later covered by the Dickster on "Summer Surf." It's hot, but unfortunately suffers from really crappy sound.

The Wedge dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Out of the depths of the Southern Surf Syndicate come the mighty Penetrators, who have delivered a truly inspired performance of Dick's ever-difficult to play "The Wedge." These cats are very listenable, and their originals to be quite good. A fine performance.

Mr. Eliminator dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Quadrajets have taken on the often covered "Mr. Eliminator," and done all right by it, though the sound is dumpy lo-fi. With dozens of versions already out there, it's hard to get excited about yet another. Arranged much like the Smithereens' versions.

Mr. Peppermint Man dotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

There's only one vocal here, and it's a cover of Dick's classic "Mr. Peppermint Man," originally from Y. Willis. It's OK, but I'll take the original any day.

Miserlou dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Swedish surf-vocalizers and sometimes instrumentalists the Daytonas (ex-Livingstones and Stomachmouths) have produced an interesting "Miserlou" consistent with their other instrumental work. OK, so it's the big one, and a DD tribute wouldn't be incomplete without it, still, there are a hundred versions of this now. The Daytonas are a really good band. They could have ripped on "Summer Surf" or "The Star (of David)."

Taco Wagon dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Here we find the Neptunas making nice with Dick. Did I say that? These pheromone dandelions do a really cool (if musically inept) reconstitution of this nearly lost masterwork. The Neptunas are wholly unpretentious, at peace with their performances, delightful women, and thoroughly enjoyable entertainers. They have fun, laughing at their own mistakes with an infectious openness that others (except for the Trashwomen) can only mimic.

Surf Beat dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

If the Super Stocks had done Dick Dale's classic instro, they'd have done it like this. Super chunky, with added glissandoes at the beginnings of the lines in the same places that Jack Marshall used pick slides in his Guitar Ramblers recording. The glissandoes add quite an infectious hook to an otherwise very simple rhythm oriented tune. Mighty original thinking.