Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Hot Rods To Hell, Volume IIdotdotdot
artworkSome great bands and songs that are sadly most often hidden behind bad lo-fi recordings.
Picks: Davie Allan and the Arrows - The Savage Four, The Blacktop Rockets - Steamroller, The Boardwalkers - Burnout, The Insect Surfers - Flamin' Eddie's Dragstrip, The Neptunas - Lil' Ms. Go-Go, The Penetrators - Last Of The V-8 Interceptors, Thee Phantom 5ive - Four Bolt Main, The Royal Pendletons - Boo's Crash, The Space Cossacks - Squad Car, The Surf Trio - Little Death Coupe, The Woggles - Throttlehead

Track by Track Review


Davie Allan and the Arrows - The Savage Four dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Long sustain with Davie Allan's signature dirty tone make "The Savage Four" a superb track. The melody line is derived from Larry Williams' "Slow Down," but with the wonderfully dark tone, feedback, and great drums and bass, it just bowls you over!

The Blacktop Rockets - Steamroller dotdotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

Dark rockabilly riffology and grind more dependent on tone and edge than melody or style. Not melodic, yet spunky and enjoyable.

The Boardwalkers - Burnout dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big fuzz and great drums, with excellent bass and energy. "Burnout" is a fuzzy frat assault, but is sadly recorded in trash lo-fi.

The Insect Surfers - Flamin' Eddie's Dragstrip dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The dragsters rev up, the announcer calls the race, and then the guitars kick in. This long time Insect Surfers finally makes it to disc, and way past due I say! Great grode fuzz and liquid guitar, an utterly infectious melody, "Church Key" whammy dips... what more do you need? Edgy hotrod cool!

The Neptunas - Lil' Ms. Go-Go dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dedicated to dragster diva Shirley Muldowney, and intro with some cheesy AM dragstrip ad text, this fine tune has a Duane Eddy feel, if only the Rebel Rouser had played faster and more innocently. Burnin' rubber, the smell of spent alcohol fuel, and the flash of the Christmas tree starting lights permeate this deluxe echo guitar track. Smokin'.

The Penetrators - Last Of The V-8 Interceptors dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a mighty tasteful original with a warm melody and lot's of power. Earlier version of the other song like "Melodie's Dilemma." This is a riffy song that's fun and rhythmic. The midsection is the best part, with the more of an obvious melody line.

Thee Phantom 5ive - Four Bolt Main
Surf (Instrumental)

"Four Bolt Main" is a trashy garage surf romp much as you'd expect from Thee Phantom 5ive. Great energy and splash, occasionally tentative playing, and unabashed energy. The melody riff is good, and the drums are great.

The Royal Pendletons - Boo's Crash dotdot
Frat Surf (Instrumental)

Speed, glissandos, a circular riff, high energy, and no shame. More frat than surf. Lo-fi trash with hum and really thin sound in mono, this is a complete loser aurally.

The Space Cossacks - Squad Car dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Absolutely stellar version of Eddie and the Showmen's classic. The howling feedback in lieu of the sax reed siren is effective and a welcomed change. Very exciting, and the best track on this DAT.

The Surf Trio - Little Death Coupe dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Surf wham under an organ melody that's tasty enough. Not enough textural variety for my taste.

The Woggles - Throttlehead dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

"Throttlehead" is a bit riffy, but not to a fault. Structured somewhat like a Davie Allan fuzzfest, but without the power and exquisite tone. The production is nearly mono. It just doesn't bring you back for a second glance.