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Del Noah and the Mt. Ararat Finks - In Blower Explosiondotdotdot
artworkSome infectious moments, lot's of party favors, and a ton of energy in a nonintrusive post innocence presentation. Songs like "Chicken" reinvented into the emerging flutecore movement, and Bobby Darin's "The Lively Set" fill out the CD with totally un-serious vocals perfect for half past four bottle of beer. The lounge vocal covers are hilarious, and the whole concept is tongue-in-cheek silly.
Picks: Blower Explosion, The Ghost Of Dragstrip Hollow, Danger Island, Theme From The Big Payroll Caper, Bajavishnu 500, Re-Satch-A-Go-Go, Mafia Staff Woody, The Man With The Golden Shifter, Hole Shot, The Enchanted Dragstrip

Track by Track Review

Blower Explosion dotdotdot
Frat Rock (Instrumental)

Frat based number with horns dominating in a blended way. It is mostly a progression, but you well imagine the frat bros. slam dancing 'til all the girls have gone home.

The Ghost Of Dragstrip Hollow dotdotdot
Big Band Surf (Instrumental)

With more than a nod to big band swing, this instro bears no inkling of the former surf roots of this band. It's a mighty fun track, and could sit nicely in the CD player during a screening of "Swing Kids." Fun, just completely incompatible with surf.

Danger Island dotdotdot
Zoot Suit Surf (Instrumental)

Reminiscent of Uh-oh! Twango, this is a powerful and energetic song with tons of flair. No terribly melodic, but infectious and fun. Quite surfy, in a zoot suit stage dive kinda way.

Theme From The Big Payroll Caper dotdotdot
Strip Joint (Instrumental)

Chasing down the salary buss outside a fifties strip joint. It's got that sleazy bump and grind kinda rhythm track and sax lead. Las Vegas, here I come.

Bajavishnu 500 dotdotdot
Frat Rock (Instrumental)

Sounding like a fast version of a Jewish wedding, this is mostly a progression and energy bar for the party crowd. Where's the shout's of "Hey!?'

Re-Satch-A-Go-Go dotdotdot
Go Go (Instrumental)

Like a magnificent reinvention of the sixties go-go sound as reconstituted by the Ventures, but with actual energy. Progression oriented, party fun, and well arranged. I usually dislike this sort of thing, but this is a fun track. Even the sung middle part is spiffy in that fifties "a-ugga-mugga" jungle portrayal way.

Mafia Staff Woody dotdotdot
Mafia (Instrumental)

Slow, Italian, subtle, and smooth. The spoken lines are not overbearing, allowing it to be mostly an instro with a story line.

The Man With The Golden Shifter dotdotdotdot
Spy Flick (Instrumental)

Ah, the legendary Hurst golden shifter. This is a Man With The Golden Arm cover, with major surf guitar, sassy sax, and a sense of a strip joint runway. Loungie, but more garage than that, sleazy, but not cheap. Cool track.

Hole Shot dotdotdot
Vegas Grind (Instrumental)

Sounding like it should be an intro to a party vocal, this just stays in the instro vein, where the various influences blend into a melange of Vegas grind and surf pajama party.

The Enchanted Dragstrip dotdotdotdot
Faux Exotica (Instrumental)

Thin tin can percussion, vibes shimmering, Martin Denny rolling in his grave... this is a great post exotica semi serious tribute to the bird call generation. The melody is right up Arthur Lyman's alley, with bits of dragstrip announcements and motor sounds fading in and out, as in the ghost of dragstrip past. Ain't no surf, but it's too cool.