Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Spring 1998 Samplerdotdotdot
artworkAnother fine sampler CD of the Skunk Records roster. The Ziggens tracks are the best, of course. Vocal acts here include the wonderfully named Corn Doggie Dog and the 1/2 lb.
Picks: Theme From the Big Payroll Caper, Hang On, Rising, Surfin' Buena Park, Hole Shot, Blunt

Track by Track Review

Theme From the Big Payroll Caper dotdotdot
Strip Joint (Instrumental)

Chasing down the salary buss outside a fifties strip joint. It's got that sleazy bump and grind kinda rhythm track and sax lead. Las Vegas, here I come.

Hang On dotdotdotdot
Aggro Surf (Instrumental)

Owing a lot to "Endless Summer" (Sandals), this is very nice. It's faster than it's inspiration, and features almost mariachi horns. Guitar is added by Elliott Easton. A fine summery tune, with ample edge, and infectious rhythms.

Rising dotdotdot
Aggro Surf (Instrumental)

Big grodie grind, slightly metallic, slightly alterno, slightly punkoidal, and mostly mean. The melody is slight, more a riff than a song.

Surfin' Buena Park dotdotdotdot
Aggro Surf (Instrumental)

This is a demo version of one of the Ziggens' more bipolar songs. It opens as a reggae based floater, descending into a faster big surf guitar rage, and eventually producing a speedy glissando. The melody is catchy, partly because it's reminiscent of War's "Low Rider," and partly because it's so edgy and tight.

Hole Shot dotdotdot
Vegas Grind (Instrumental)

Sounding like it should be an intro to a party vocal, this just stays in the instro vein, where the various influences blend into a melange of Vegas grind and surf pajama party.

Blunt dotdotdot
Ska (Instrumental)

A horn lead ska song, fun but doesn't stand out. Infectious enough for a party.