Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Gary Usher - Hot Rod U.S.A.dotdotdot
artworkA no-label bootleg compilation from vinyl sources of Gary Usher produced tracks from many a familiar and unfamiliar formula artist. Mostly lame vocal pop about surf & cars...you know, not surf music. You have to be pretty dedicated to buy this. There are 3 cool surf instros, starting with the last Dave Myers and the Surftones recording "Gear," the Pyramids' "Midnight Run," "Collision Coarse" by the Marketts.
Picks: Gear, Midnight Run, Collision Course

Track by Track Review


Gear dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is my favorite Dave Myers and the Surftones track. It's unusual drum cadence and melody are brilliant and infectious, and this recording shows just how powerful really good meter is in a double picked guitar. Dick Dale says it is among the most important elements. The precision of the meter allows Dave to play slow dribbly glissandoes that are simply gorgeous. A must-have track from 1963 on Wickwire.

Midnight Run dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another follow up single, and a cover of the Gary Usher / Super Stocks / Richie Podolor tune. It's among the best versions out there.

Collision Course dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This Gary Usher / Roger Christian composition saw many deliveries under the pick of Paul Johnson as the Challengers, the Good Guys, and others. The tune is a mighty infectious thing. The arrangement is restrained to the point where that is it's main draw. The horns lessen it's impact.