Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Locked In To Surf Part 1dotdot
artworkBaldy compiled the "best of" the first 3 volumes of his "Locked In..." series on this CD. The variety is wide, and the general bent is lo-fi garage or surf instros.
Picks: Squad Car, Locked In, Chaeto, One Mean Gasser, Red Monkey, Creepy Crocker, Ice Cream Sunshine, Cotton Pickin', Kid Wig's Harem, Bustin' Bikini Beat, Wildfire, Picket Fence, 2000 Lb. Werewolf, Cosmic Blastoff, 12 Miles To Babylon, Two Beer Stomp, Surf Beat, Depth Charge, Introducing The Inscrutable Panasonics, RP600, Shake Your Hoover, Hangover, Sleazeball, Whatcha Say?, Down I-5

Track by Track Review


Squad Car dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Phantom Surfers cover another surf classic. I much prefer their originals. They are capable of writing some pretty cool stuff.

Locked In dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

The Gallows deliver a fiery performance of a hard driving surf riff tune, but it's hidden behind a dreadfully murky recording. A very cool song, but geez is it murky!

Chaeto dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A fifties sorta rocker with Baldie's double picked lead lines. Cool and trashy. Sir Bald Diddley and his Right Honourable Big Wigs have been inactive for quite a while, being replaced by the also expired the new band called the Wig Outs. Fast and furious, from 95.

One Mean Gasser dotdotdot
Surf Rod (Instrumental)

Evan goes the extra mile, but the guitar is way too low in the mix, so it doesn't reach it's potential. The tune is pretty intense, and the energy frantic.

Red Monkey dot
R&B (Instrumental)

Edgy R&B Organ grind a la Jimmy Smith andBooker T. Jones. Quite dismissible.

Creepy Crocker dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The back of the hall sound hides a fiery performance, and the talking amongst the punters doesn't help either. Ample pizzazz, even a decent surf riff, but the ambient recording does not do it justice.

Ice Cream Sunshine
Rock (Instrumental)

This is horridly directionless frat rock. Egads, how trashy and crude.

Cotton Pickin' dot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

"Cotton Pickin'" is an unremarkable fifties style b-side instro. Probably fun is a stinky little club, but you'll forget seconds after listening.

Kid Wig's Harem dotdotdot
Middle East Surf (Instrumental)

"Kid Wig's Harem" is a fiery Middle Eastern surf instro with that Baldy approach. Fast and furious, and intense. Someone should cover this!

Bustin' Bikini Beat dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf rave-up with a minimal melody, but could definitely be developed. The fire is hot and the power obvious, but the lo-fi rehearsal-like sound hides much of the playing.

Wildfire
Riff Surf (Instrumental)

Fast double picked riff trash that failed the memory test. Goes nowhere.

Picket Fence dotdot
Link Wray (Instrumental)

Primitive and raw Linkage as you might expect from Billy Childish. Intense whammy action.

2000 Lb. Werewolf dot
Sax Fuzz (Instrumental)

This is a fuzzed version of "2000 Lb. Bee" with a sax. More trash than class.

Cosmic Blastoff dotdot
Dark Surf Trash (Instrumental)

Ominous, but "Cosmic Blastoff" doesn't seem to go anywhere. Just a nasty riff and a little fear in a murky dungeon.

12 Miles To Babylon dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This dramatic and slowish number sticks long after playing it. Its sad tones and mysterious melody are excellent. Too bad the recording is murky, because this could have been a great track.

Two Beer Stomp dot
Jug Band Jump Blues (Instrumental)

Harp and jug band blues. While it's ambient stereo and lo-fi, it does imitate the early British R&B of Cyril Davies pretty well.

Surf Beat
Surf (Instrumental)

Though they are spirited and Elka is a very intense player, this really sux. The sound is intolerable and this is not one of their better performances. Even the moron teen-scream percussion doesn't help.

Depth Charge dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Depth Charge" is little more than a riff-surf rhythm backtrack with organ. On the gloomy side, and distantly thunderous.

Introducing The Inscrutable Panasonics dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Mr. Pan is totally killer on this great tune, despite being little more than a trite Japanese stereotype. This track is fast, with what might be described as a stereotype oriental rock melody line, with glissandoes added and plenty of flair. Great performance!

RP600
Garage (Instrumental)

Can you spell a-w-f-u-l? Yikes, what murky mung. Even if there is a song in there, the sound is so dreadful that it's really hard to tell.

Shake Your Hoover dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Distorted and overdriven fiery performance from the Apemen... totally horrid sound.

Hangover dotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Sometimes the Waistcoats really rock. This unmemorable and undeveloped instro is not one of those times. Chunky and rhythmic.

Sleazeball dot
R&B Sleaze (Instrumental)

"Sleazeball" is an R&B sleazoid ho-hum runway jam.

Whatcha Say? dotdotdot
Riff Rock (Instrumental)

Driven riff rock, just slightly up from a back track to a Liverpool '63 beat band backtrack. It has that fire and edge, but isn't quite melodic enough to hold up.

Down I-5 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Early work from Eugene's number one surf monsters. The demo sound detracts some from the delivery, but the band carries it off anyway. Very infectious. The murky sound has somehow not bothered me much with this track.