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The Detonators - April Pitstopdotdotdotdot
artworkThe Detonators played in the Pit on April 4th, 2003. Everything went perfectly, the sound, the performance, and the chemistry. A great band to see!
Picks: For A Few Waves More, Penetration, Bulldog, Hiawatha, First Point, Forty Miles Of Bad Road, Liquid Chaos, The Wedge, These Boots Were Made For Walking, Jamaica Farewell, Ivan's Big Wave, Batman, Night Wave, The One I Love, And Then He Kissed Me, Presto Con Huevos

Track by Track Review


For A Few Waves More dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A spaghetti western vibrato intro anticipates a fine spaghetti western cover, but alas it's an original inspired by "For A Few Dollars More." "For A Few Waves More" is a liquid variation on the theme that's both original and yet borrows. Great dribbling double picked guitar lines drag you to the surf.

Penetration dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is at once a very traditional cover of the Pyramids' "Penetration," and an variation of just enough magnitude to make it stand apart. Very nicely done.

Bulldog dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Fireballs' rhythmic "Bulldog" is reverent without being a straight cover. Precise and infectious, and just plain groovy.

Hiawatha dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Geddes Brothers' ode to Hamm's Beer "Hiawatha" lies somewhere between the original Nobles' issue and the Surfaris classic. Great whammy and glissandoes, along with boss drums, accent this fine Indian theme instro.

First Point dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"First Point" is a circular riff based number with a relentless surf journey sound and energy. It has a bit of an Austin edge and coastal whammy chords.

Forty Miles Of Bad Road dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Duane Eddy's classic "Forty Miles Of Bad Road" is vibratoed and reverent. A very nice performance.

Liquid Chaos dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A mean opening ends with a shout of "Get Out Of The Water," and then launches a thick chorded driven long note drama. The notes ebb and flow with danger and great whammy. Truly a fine song!

The Wedge dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow and slithery, Dick Dale' "The Wedge" oozes from the band like a lumbering bumble bee about to get you good! It's remarkably fluid and silky, taking on more of a Spanish edge. Great!

These Boots Were Made For Walking dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Moving to the fun side of the aisle, the Detonators countrify Nancy Sinatra's signature hit "The Boots Are Made For Walking." Simply fun!

Jamaica Farewell dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This might have been the highlight of the show. The beautiful melody of "Jamaica Farewell" becomes liquid amber under the Detonators golden touch. At the risk of overstating, this simply has to be the way it was meant to sound. Wet, fluid, magical, emotional, romantic, and brilliant!

Ivan's Big Wave dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A poppy melody line with a coastal highway vision runs optimistically over a great backtrack. Tuff drums and solid bass support the two guitars perfectly. A great song!

Batman dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Neil Hefty's TV theme has been covered quite a bit by surfbands. It's a riff rocker with a hook that always seem to please.

Night Wave dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Mid tempo almost Tom Petty-ish, this fine silky instro has a few nods to "Breakdown" without being derivative. It's a very pretty song with a beautifully attractive guitar line. Very nice indeed!

The One I Love dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

REM's classic "The One I Love" seems only too natural a choice for the Detonators. Twangy and Athens chorded, it flows well. An interesting sidebar is REM's choice of the Bambi Molesters to open for them, closing the surf circle, and further cementing the propriety of the choice to cover this song.

And Then He Kissed Me dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Phil Specter's pomp and high school romance epic works really well here. Right up there with Slacktone's cover of "Be My Baby," this is both very surfable and very attractive, as well as a grin bringer. Excellent!

Presto Con Huevos dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Closing the show is "Presto Con Huevos," a rousing surf pumper with a dry edge and great drums! Powerful and hard driving, it leaves you breathless.