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Eddie and the Showmen - Mr. Rebel c/w Movin'dotdotdotdotdot
artworkWhen Eddie Bertrand left the Belairs, he founded Eddie and the Showmen. Eddie wanted to use heavy reverb and staccato picking while Paul Johnson wanted to continue to write and play relatively dry with his trademark lead-rhythm interplay. This band issued several singles on Liberty, but never scored a hit. Future members of the Showmen would include John Anderson from his own band the Baymen, Eric Gies, and Sterling Storm who would move to Santa Cruz in 1970 and form the Humans, who mixed Surf and pop for a decade before making a splash on IRS in the eighties, also recording as Ed Hatch, Ed, and the Ninja Nomads. Eddie and the Showmen were probably most remembered for their rousing version of "Squad Car" and for "Mr. Rebel."
Picks: Mr. Rebel, Movin'

Track by Track Review


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Surf (Instrumental)

Eddie and the Showmen's third single was a tribute to KRLA DJ Reb Foster, who also owned the Revelaire Club, where Eddie Bertrand found themselves to be the house band for a while. This is one of the great surf singles, sporting a totally infectious and optimistic melody and beat.

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Surf (Instrumental)

Third single, and easily the best cover of this Lee Hazelwood tune. Lots' of sparks fly from Eddie's quick fingers.