Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Tunes For Teensdotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis decidedly cheesy collection from Decca cut across their label, but surely did not reach a cohesive market they thought teenagers were, because they weren't, even back then. Aside from two nonstarters each from an on-the-way-down Brenda Lee, the never-heard-of-her Bobbi Martin, the post folk corporate protesters the Spokesmen, and the past his prime Len Barry, this comp includes both sides of the Surfaris' first single for Decca.
Picks: Waikiki Run, Point Panic

Track by Track Review


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Surf (Instrumental)

The boy's first hit with "Wipe Out" and "Surfer Joe." Their follow up single was "Point Panic" c/w "Waikiki Run," the B-side of which is this track. It's a great tom tom surf rave. The manic island drums are splendid, and the brilliant blend of musical elements shows off the prowess of this mighty band.

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Surf (Instrumental)

A-side of the follow up single to "Wipe Out." Great intro scream and tom toms. The fire in the bones of the band is clear here. High spirited, chunky, and rhythmic. Grand power glissandoes, and those wonderful Ron Wilson drums. Jim Pash's sax is most appropriate. Not often covered, but a really good tune.