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Fifty Foot Combo - Evil A Go Go!!!dotdotdotdot
artworkThe new release from the Fifty Foot Combo is here and it's very strong. Some finely chunked reverb laden material, some murky heavy duty stuff, and some ultra cool suave surf as well. "Ali Baba" and "Never Get Out Of The Boat" are the highlights. The bands seems to have grown significantly since their last release, in writing, arranging, and recording. Excellent release.
Picks: Last Of The Monstrophonics, Ali Baba, Mondo Bandito, Dragstrip, Mickey B's Mambo, Inciende En El Inferno, Rising Of Im Ho Tep, The Uninvited, Firing Squad, Addis Abeba, Amor, God Made Man, Never Get Out Of The Boat

Track by Track Review


Last Of The Monstrophonics dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Howling feedback shrilly opens to an almost Robert Calvert - Hawkwind thingy that deceives you into an unreadiness for the garage fuzz and surf powerhouse that follows. Rhythmic and whirly, fuzzy and round, with an organ break and a warm melody riff.

Ali Baba dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dave and the Customs' "Ali Baba" shredz right outta gate, with speed and power. The double picked surf lead is a powerhouse, backed by the whirling organ and thick sound. Really cool.

Mondo Bandito dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Grindy and cool, exotic and thick, surfy and garagy, "Mondo Bandito" is a fine track with significant drive and an infectious gate.

Dragstrip dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Riffin' surf grinding power chord slammin' glissando rippin'... did I leave anything out? Oh yeah, it shreds. More about power than melody, yet very satisfying.

Mickey B's Mambo dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Boy, is this suave or what? Smooth, ultra reverby, with bongos and a big splash. The melody is haunting and playful, and the blend of musical elements sensational. Great track!

Inciende En El Inferno dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Yikes... what a dramatic opener! The track sports groovy bongos and surf guitar, augmented with an organ. Strong and powerful, yet smooth and adventurous.

Rising Of Im Ho Tep dotdotdotdotdot
Jungle Surf (Instrumental)

Great tribal drums and spooky guitar work create a vivd scene of jungle danger. Totally infectious, and very cool. You can just see undulating indigenous dancers entranced by the chop of the rhythm and the pounding drums, and enthralled by the mystical surf guitar. This may well be the Fifty Foot Combo's best track ever!

The Uninvited dotdotdot
Frat (Instrumental)

This chumpy chunky frat rocker is bouncy and fun. The whirly organ lead is groovy with a grin, and the rhythm track bounces to its own drum. The surf guitar break is a great idea.

Firing Squad dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Evil surf and haunted house swirl... this death epic rolls along with an interesting sound mixing the bongos and surf guitar under the just-right organ. The faster part leads into a cool break. Changes abound, as does liquid cool.

Addis Abeba dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Addis Abeba" travels the road on a bluesy rolling riff and an eerie organ. The melody line is attractive and smooth. There's little of an influence the title might suggest, but the bongos and poppy feel are quite affective.

Amor dotdotdotdot
Mediterranean Surf (Instrumental)

This smooth number has a Mediterranean melody riff and a suave bongo backing. The surfiness of the guitar's shimmer and the exotic percussion combine for a really cool track.

God Made Man dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ghostly surf and organ swirl riff down a haunted hallway in a darkened and abandoned stone building. Running from shadows, the sounds of fear are everywhere.

Never Get Out Of The Boat dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Infectious rhythms, great percussion, and mighty smooth whammified surf guitar roll through this troubled alley. Dark and dangerous, smooth and sparkling with watery pulsation, "Never Get Out Of The Boat" is a masterful track. Its solid magnetism and charm, and its fine melody, attest to the writing and arranging. The best here!