Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: The Eliminators meet the Zip-Codes and the Statues featuring Garry Milesdot
artworkStudio projects of Buzz Cason and Gary Paxton, often like minor versions of the Rip Chords, interspersed with 9 instros, virtually all of which don't rise above the backtrack level. The Zip-Codes "Red Line" stands out, but only in this dismal setting. It's good that all of this stuff is coming out of the vaults for fans, but surf addicts will have to look elsewhere.
Picks: The Challenger, 500 C.C., Hill Climb Hilda, Lonely Surf Guitar, Surfing Iguana, Malibu Wipe-Out, Red Line, Rally Pack, Mustang Rumble

Track by Track Review


The Challenger dotdotdot
Hot Rod (Instrumental)

A rough glissando opens this tuff enough instro. Choppy almost "Flamingo Express" keyboard-guitar duet rhythm track, reverbed lead guitar that sounds like Billy Strange, but is session player Tommy Allsop, and drag racing sound effects. It's a cross between studio cheese and guitar charm.

500 C.C.
Hot Rod (Instrumental)

"500 C.C." is a piano instro with a basic back beat. Little more than a progression with some noodling guitar.

Hill Climb Hilda
Hot Rod (Instrumental)

The bikes climb the slope, the drums bump, the guitar progresses minimally, and pretty soon, repetition sets in. By the time the bridge comes, it's dominated by console organ jamming. Completely dismissible.

Lonely Surf Guitar dot
Hot Rod (Instrumental)

The water breaks on the shore, the vibrato distortion guitar plays a surf-free riff, and the backtrack oozes anything but surf. Then, the overbearing chorus comes in... egad... are the Swingle Singers in the hall?! On the other hand, the melody line could actually be developed into a surf tune.

Surfing Iguana
Hot Rod (Instrumental)

With a "The Way You Do The Things You Do" backbeat, "Surfing Iguana" never develops beyond a backtrack. Directionless.

Malibu Wipe-Out dot
Hot Rod (Instrumental)

Damped fly weight chunk, promising vibrato guitar, and a nature boy flute... black belt fluff.

Red Line dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Cool vibrato guitar single-notes a workable melody line over a studio-sound back track. "Red Line" is far and away the most surfable track here, though it's more like subdues Duane Eddy in most places. The melody line does portray the feel of the moody surf.

Rally Pack
Hot Rod (Instrumental)

Oh man... this makes me long for a way to award negative stars! Cheesy chumpy riff rock studio nonsense, with chorus and so much less. The melody, if you can call it that, is morphed minimally from "Don't Be Cruel."

Mustang Rumble
Hot Rod (Instrumental)

A few narrated Gary Paxtonisms (remember, he was the Hollywood Argyles), and a minimal directionless fluff of a backtrack. Goes nowhere, and gets there very fast!