Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Takin' Out The Trashdotdotdot
artworkThe ratio here is 2:1 vocals:intsros, and with three of the instros being "Church Key" under several titles as adapted by the Trashmen originally, that leaves only five melodies. Still, it's a fun set. The vocals are all quite garagie here. They are from the Untamed Youth, the Neanderthals, the Bay-O-Wolves, Tony and the Tribesmen, Evan Foster Surfing Band, Fortune and Maltese, the Neptunes, the Sprague Brothers with Deke Dickerson, the Boss Martians, the Saturn V, the Surf Trio, the Del-Vamps, Jonny and the Shamen, and Sir Baldy and his Wigouts.
Picks: Miserlou, Tube City, Bird Bath, Bad News, On The Move, Church Key, Malaguena

Track by Track Review

Miserlou dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Like at Ins and Outs, Los Mel-tones drive the tubes back from the shore with vigor and panache. Now, this isn't a Trashmen original of course, but their version is cool, and this is too. It's a little on the ambient side, missing that cutting power, but it sports plenty of energy and style, and delivers the goods.

Tube City dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very fast paced aggressive version of the Trashmen's classic album track.

Bird Bath dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Major oomph and drive characterize this version of "Bird Bath" aka "Church Key." It's quite reverent to the Trashmen original, with some extra flair and turkey calls. Lots of drive.

Bad News dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Volcanos power up "Bad News" aka "Church Key" with no shortage of energy. This is quite a bit higher powered than the others. More clarity and focus, and high caliber playing. Excellent.

On The Move dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This later instro from the Trashmen is much less melodic and more garagie than their earlier work. While chunky and fun, it's more progressional than melodic. The fuzz and the bass bump work well with the tune.

Church Key dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Church Key" is mildly delivered by an amalgam of Neanderthals and Thee Phantom 5ive for a thicker arrangement, but the murkiness of the sound hide the combination pretty well. It's a rousing frat jam kinda track, with a wailing sax and pumped drums.

Malaguena dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Moody and fluid, this is a solid rendition of the classic. Big guitar tone and precise lead work. This is really quite nice, especially with the addition of the acoustic guitar. It's less driven than the Trashmen's version, but very satisfying.