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Dee Jay and the Runaways - Peter Rabbitdotdot
artworkDee Jay and the Runaways came to my attention a long time ago with their "Peter Rabbit" single. They were a decent club band, did lot's of covers, and probably wowed 'em at the local teen hops in Minnesota, where they were based. This CD compiles all their studio sessions, including a goboon of unreleased gems, including yet another version of "Louie Louie." There are also three instros. As Midwest bands go, they were relatively tame and commercial, especially when compared to the Trashmen, the Rumbles, the Titans, the Royal Flairs, etc... Check out the reviews of the two volumes of Surfin' In The Midwest.
Picks: Down In The Dumps, Mala-Boo, Chevelle Stomp

Track by Track Review


Down In The Dumps dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A club jam organ and guitar number, unremarkable. Almost like the Mulberry Fruit Band's "The Audition" in sound, though a little tighter...

Mala-Boo dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This track is pre-Dee Jay & the Runaways. The band was the Chevelles (not the "Let There Be Surf" Chevells). This is based on or influenced by "Comin' Home Baby," this guitar instro is just slightly surfable. It's more a rock instro of the Midwest R&B club variety, i.e. relatively unmelodic with a thin guitar sound. The tinkling piano is pretty cool.

Chevelle Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This track is pre-Dee Jay & the Runaways. The band was the Chevelles (not the "Let There Be Surf" Chevells). With R&B horns and a moderate soul groove backtrack, this progression oriented intro is unremarkable and was probably used to give the vocalist a break, or move to the "we'll be right back" stage of the show. Mostly, so what!