Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Kim Fowley - Outlaw Supermandotdotdot
artworkThis is a splendid compilation, displaying the full extend of the disease of Kim Fowley. This is a man that's so skinny, if he walked fast he'd hum. His sickly appearance and spindly stance are matched in his long and twisted production history. There are a few instro gems here, plus some remarkably weird bits of must-have, like Althea & the Memories' "The Worst Record Ever Made," and the unsinkable "The Rise Of The Brighton Surf" from Bo Peep, and the monster "Secret Police" from the Belfast Gypsies (the half of Them that didn't come to the US after Van Morrison left the band). Just be sure you've had your shots before you invite Kim to dinner.
Picks: Bodacious, Inferno, Ebony, I'll Do Better Next Time

Track by Track Review

Bodacious dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Employing an overused bass-rhythm guitar riff, a bunch of surf whammy, and a jam structure, this is a mean track, in the spirit of the Novas' "The Crusher," but slower and more menacing. The nasty sax break is classic rock growl.

Inferno dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Double picked guitar, thundering drums, moody minor key riffs, and a weird swirling organ behind a sorta middle eastern melody. The contrast between the mall organ and the surf growl is quite odd, like Bruno & the Gladiators to the n'th degree.

Ebony dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

Cheesy organ and super fuzz bass, and who knows what else. It seems to be a parody of club R&B instro filler, a la the Bill Black Combo.

I'll Do Better Next Time dotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

This instro el cheapo is just a 1965 style club jam, with future Jefferson Airplane drummer Joey Covington letting loose with some pretty lame drums and a bunch of "ahh" and "ooh" utterances. lame is too kind. He'll do better next time, 'cuz he couldn't do much worse.