Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The De-Fenders - Drag Beatdot
artworkThis is your basic bluesy jam studio session release, with little musical value and even less emotional content. Not very interesting.
Picks: Deuces Wild, Taco Wagon, Movin' And Groovin', Skin Diver, Loose Nuts, Little Deuce Coupe, Drag Beat, Wheelin' Home, Four Banger, Tequila Joe, Rum Runner, Road Runner

Track by Track Review


Deuces Wild dotdot
Hot Rod (Instrumental)

Racing rods pass you by... Then a dreadful jam with organ lead greets you right out of some bad Hollywood B-movie club scene. The riff is reminiscent of "Suzie Q," but only reminiscent.

Taco Wagon dotdotdot
Hot Rod (Instrumental)

Shouts of "Tacos" using the melody from "Day-O" open before wandering into a "Comin' Home Baby" rip-off over a "Music To Watch Girls By" backtrack. The guitar tone is semi surf, semi rod.

Movin' And Groovin' dotdot
Hot Rod (Instrumental)

Not the Duane Eddy / Al Casey number. Just a club riff with too much organ and jammin' guitar.

Skin Diver dotdotdot
Hot Rod (Instrumental)

In some ways, this is a little Paul Johnson-ish. It's not very melodic, but the tone and the riff is like some he's written for studio sessions with the Challengers and others. A pretty good track, given the surrounding mung.

Loose Nuts dotdotdot
Hot Rod (Instrumental)

With that Chuck Berry "Memphis" riff and a lead line morphed slightly from that towards "Old McDonald Had A Farm." Too derivative to be interesting.

Little Deuce Coupe dotdot
Hot Rod (Instrumental)

More hotrod motors intro a standard rock riff boogie, bluesy and really tryin' to find a groove. It would probably work after 2 AM, but in the light of day....

Drag Beat dotdotdot
Hot Rod (Instrumental)

Excellent drums, a basic riff. The drums breaks are the good part. The guitar work is superfluous. This probably should have been a drum solo track. It's a pick for the drums only.

Wheelin' Home dotdot
Hot Rod (Instrumental)

Cheap soulin' organ and bluesy sax... An after hours jam at best.

Four Banger dotdotdot
Hot Rod (Instrumental)

Hot rods to hell scream past, and then a simple riff follows. The lead guitar is very buried in the mix. A rhythmic but boring track.

Tequila Joe dotdotdot
Hot Rod (Instrumental)

Borrowing liberally from "Tequila," "Tequila Joe" is a second cousin at best. No emotion, just sterile music.

Rum Runner dotdot
Hot Rod (Instrumental)

Tom toms pound, and the guitar jams... wouldn't it be nice if there was a song in here.

Road Runner dotdotdot
Hot Rod (Instrumental)

A decent riff, but in the underdeveloped studio setting, this is saved only by the slightly surf tones and glissandoes. It might be developed more into a more satisfying song, but alas, not here. Still, it does have enough coolness to make the two minutes palatable.