Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Monster Bopdotdotdot
artworkIf you are a sucker for novelty rock about monsters, this sure is your best bet. A couple of cool numbers warrant mention here, one surf instro, and one 1959 hint of surf to come.
Picks: Jack and Jim - Midnight Monsters Hop, The Phantom Five - Graveyard

Track by Track Review


Jack and Jim - Midnight Monsters Hop
Near Surf (Vocal)

This is a goofy vocal, but it needs recognition because the mild surf guitar that accompanies "Midnight Monsters Hop" is pretty decent, and gives it a mysterious edge. So, there ya go, surf overtaking on ancient novelty rock on the Brunswick label way back in 1959. Jack and Jim were from West Texas. OK, it's not really surf, but I always like finding tracks where the elements are emerging.

The Phantom Five - Graveyard dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The wind howls and the thunder rolls, then the surf guitars take over. This is a fine tune in the early surf mold, with hard driving drums, variations verse to verse, reverb, and big twang. The vibrato is cool too. Quite a fine obscuro.