Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
|This is a groovy comp from vinyl sources. It contains some pretty rare stuff, with a bit of presurf thrown in. Fritz and Jerry's "Pad" and Tommy Falcone and the Centuries' "Like Weird" are particularly interesting, as is Jim Doval and the Gauchos' "Scrub."|
Picks: The Decades - On Sunset, Jim Doval and the Gauchos - Scrub, The Exports - Car Hop, Tommy Falcone and the Centuries - Like Weird, The Rockin' Rebels - Burn Baby Burn, Bob Vidone and the Rhythm Rockers - Weird
Track by Track Review
D.D.T. and the Repellants - The Fly Swatter
Goofy gimmicky instro fair that's more a progression than a song. Very jammy, and those fake flies buzzin' are just too dumb.
This 1967 sounds like it should have been cut in the fifties, except for the tortured psychedelic surf tremolo guitar. Moron utterings, bubbling water, and crowd noises make what's basically a dark surf monster into a weird instro.
Jim Doval and the Gauchos - Scrub
This is a very fun riff rocker on the gimmicky side, with mama laughing and a great bass line. Some cool whammy guitar borders on surf. Fresno's exceptional Jim Doval and the Gauchos cut this under two titles, "Don't Tickle Mama" and "Scrub."
This surf instro is a magnificent example of the roots of the twangy sound that has become identified with Los Straitjackets. With good reason, they cover this fine record. Infectious, bouncy, and very fun.
Tommy Falcone and the Centuries - Like Weird
There are parts of "Like Weird" that sound like this could be the same band that cut a couple of surf singles. The organ is out of place, but the guitar, it's chords, and reverb are all about surf. A very cool mid tempo jungle surf groove. Originally issued on Design 841 (Like Weird c/w Ship To Shore).
Fritz and Jerry - Pad
This is more or less a lowdown version of XXX with a very low-E riff separating the bridges. The walking bass sounds like an upright.
Jimmy Heap and the Melody Masters - Gismo
"Suzie Q" percussion and an archetypical fifties sax... if not for the beat, "Gismo" would be of no consequence at all.
The Rockbusters - Tough Chick
Plinky piano and a relentless guitar riff support a raspy sax. "Tough Chick" is a slow burn greasy number. The guitar
The Rockin' Rebels - Burn Baby Burn
Whistling organ and rhythm guitar driving with Buffalo's The Rockin' Rebels signature sound and sax fury. Not one of their best tracks, but sassy as always and darn cool. They were a very successful band with instro singles, most notably "Wild Weekend." "Burn Baby Burn" was originally issued as the b-side of Stork STK-3 in 1964.
S&H Scamps - Punjab
This is a romping groover with cool piano driving the bus. More a riff than a melody, yet very fun. Frequent super deep monster voices saying "oh yeah." Originally issued on GregMark 3.
The Social Outcasts - Mad
Goofy voicings pretending to be bird calls outweigh the gentle guitar instro underneath. Sort of island holiday, or maybe Mediterranean adventure in a stoner's zoo.
A cheesy laugh that sounds like it was inspired by Dale Smallen's opening to "Wipe Out" launches this very basic track.
Bob Vidone and the Rhythm Rockers - Weird
Tremolo is the operative word. Dark throbbing fuzzy tremolo sax, a gloomy funeral beat, booming bass, and tremolo guitar dangerously ooze horror and raspy danger. This superb 1958 single was originally issued on Fernwood 1003 c/w "Going My Way," also an instrumental
Little Eddie Woods - Bug Killer
Honkin' sax riff rockin' R&B. Aside from the great bass line, there's not much here unless jammin' tracks are your thing.