Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Monster Summer Hits - Drag Citydotdotdot
artworkThis is the second in the Monster Summer Hits series. The theme this time is hot rod rock, but the bag is not more full. Mostly the predictable Beach Boys and Jan and Dean tracks, with too much from Jerry Cole and his Spacemen. The bright spots are the Duals' "Stick Shift" from tape instead of vinyl, and the Piltdown Men's glorious pre-surf "Brontosaurus Stomp."
Picks: Wheel Stand, Night Rumble, Stick Shift, Boss Dance, Brontosaurus Stomp, Driving Little Deuce, Shut Down, Part II

Track by Track Review


Wheel Stand dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is another simple progression with sax accents, not much better than their "Ramcharger," but with organ breaks instead of sax.

Night Rumble dotdot
Studio Jam (Instrumental)

A fifties musical understanding of life - no clue at all. Really boring and directionless. Chunka chunka, Hollywood studio jam, and a big So What!.

Stick Shift dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

This track defines early hot rod guitar instros. It opens with grumbling pipes and tire squeals, and move right into the simple but infectious melody line that fires off over the thumping bass and rocking drums. It is like an outgrowth of rockabilly, with the edges of the surf sound to come hiding in the weeds. A necessary pre-surf instro. Unlike the Collectables release, this is from session tapes.

Boss Dance dotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

This is essentially Lonnie Mack's "Wham," less all the primal class.

Brontosaurus Stomp dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an original tune, swimming in Spanish whammy, like Pintor with lake wake rippling at it's toes. Melodic, pretty, and very enjoyable. The imagery is quite strong, Castilian pictures of bulls and black lace, and sangria all around. Really nice, with ringing tones from the guitars.

Driving Little Deuce dot
Studio Jam (Instrumental)

Driving miss deucy... all the way to the wrecking yard. No melody at all, just a tiny little riff and a jam.

Shut Down, Part II dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lightweight surf instro from the heralders of pop surf syrup. The instrumental work is about like on "Karate" or "Stoked," relatively in inspired. The "stereo" seems like it's more or less artificial, though it's not.