Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: The Last Testamentdotdotdot
artworkThis odd little compilation of artists on the Fetish label includes some auspicious names, like the Bongos, Clock DVA, the Bush Tetras, Throbbing Gristle, and 23 Skidoo. Amid these cyber gems we find two surf covers completely morphed to their own purposes.
Picks: Hawaii Five-0, Wipe Out

Track by Track Review

Hawaii Five-0 dotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

This is at once the most bizarre and lofi version of the TV show theme ever, and the most cusiously refreshing. Recorded on what sounds like a single cheap Radio Shack® mic suspended in a rehearsal space, the band uses their voices in cartoon screaming and moron harmonies to deliver the melody while the drummer pounds like he just got his first drum kit for christmas. Given that it's voices intead of intruments, I suppose it's not an instro, but you really have to hear this once. Yikes!

Wipe Out dotdotdot
Drum (Instrumental)

A guitar twang once and a couple of drums beats echoe, then an English voice introduces Z'Ev, so named in deference to violinist Zev Zinoni, who "eventually finds the secret note and transcends into another dimension." Delay treated drums thunder away at what might have been inspired by the Surfaris, but sounds more like the Routers' "Let's Go" beat churned into elctro butter after turning rancid. Only drums and electronic effects.