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The Fender IV - Everybody Up c/w Malibu Rundotdotdotdotdot
artworkSimply the best single of 1965. The Fender Four's lead guitarist Randy Holden (Sons Of Adam / Other Half / Blue Cheer) shreds on guitar, and had a knack for writing well crafted trad surf melodies that endured the test of time and various arrangements by later practitioners.

The Fender IV began life in Baltimore, MD. They played Chuck Berry, James Brown, and Ray Charles, along with many instrumentals from the likes of the Fireballs and Johnny and the Hurricanes. Lead guitarist Randy Holden was just 15 when his first band the Iridescence played their first bar gig. The Fender IV relocated to California in '64. They were a magnificent band. The Fender IV were Randy Holden - lead guitar, Geoff Watson - rhythm guitar, Mike Stuart - drums, and Jac Ttanna - bass. The Fender IV became the Sons Of Adam, and eventually the Other Half. Fromk there, Holden passed through Blue Cheer on the way to going solo for a while in the early seventies.
Picks: Everybody Up, Malibu Run

Track by Track Review


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Surf (Instrumental)

From the first drum beat of the intro, this track shreds. The beat is strong, the rhythm infectious, and the melody incredibly good. There are few surf instros that compare to the power and energy of this magical track. Exceptionally good playing, and magnificently strong writing. The glissandoes grab and shake you, leaving you spent when it's over.

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Surf (Instrumental)

"Malibu Run" of the best examples of how ska was creeping into the surf instro sound just before it ended. This is a fine, very melodic, and rhythmically infectious track. Mid tempo magic. Brilliantly melodic and surfy. Check out the more ska-centered cover by the Halibuts. "Malibu Run" is a beautiful rolling song with a great melody line. It was the B-side of "Everybody Up.