Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Fifty Foot Combo - Caffeinedotdotdot
artworkThis CD is more intense and less intriguing than their amazing Evil A Go-Go release, at least to my ear. Much more go-go and much less melody, and more demanding.
Picks: Sugar No Cream, Buzzzz, The Great Caffeine Comedown, TripleXpresso, Bali Ha'i, Theme From F.A.C.T.S., Dr. Hammond's Private Stash, Le Dimanche Matin, Chocolate Revenge Part II, Cooper, Gauchos, Black and Hot Like My Women, Can I Have Some Brandy With That?

Track by Track Review


Sugar No Cream dotdotdot
Go-Go Groove (Instrumental)

A sample of a country song singin' 'bout "Sugar No Cream" fades in and out to the song. Strong drums and a circular organ riff in a Booker T. and the MG's meets Steve Miller's "Stand Back" in a Memphis bar. Lots o' fun.

Buzzzz dot
Go-Go Groove (Instrumental)

Thick doubled fuzz and organ riff rock, heavy thunder for a go-go dance. Too riffy for my tastes.

The Great Caffeine Comedown dotdotdot
Go-Go Groove (Instrumental)

This reminds me of the organ lines from the intro to the Spencer Davis Group's "I'm A Man." The bongos add an exotic edge, and the organ is very British Invasion. While not melodic, it's quite pleasing.

TripleXpresso dotdotdot
Go-Go Groove (Instrumental)

Thick fuzz, drum thunder, bass grumble, and organ whirl. Circular and slightly exotic, the track meanders through a relentless progression. Changing dynamics keep it from being repetitious. The tribal bridges are the best part.

Bali Ha'i dotdotdotdot
Go-Go Groove (Instrumental)

This is one cool version of "Bali Ha'i." Thick and exotic, with bongos, fuzz, and organ. The Fifty Foot Combo take all the cute out of it, and replace it with cool. Simply excellent!

Theme From F.A.C.T.S. dotdotdot
Go-Go Groove (Instrumental)

Chunkin' pumpin' post lounge exotica for a rock combo. Not melodic, but infectiously rhythmic.

Dr. Hammond's Private Stash dotdotdot
Go-Go Groove (Instrumental)

A long churchy organ intro leads to great tribal drums and an eventuating fuzz churn riff. The bridges and the intro are the best parts. The fuzz lines are very repetitious.

Le Dimanche Matin dotdotdotdot
Liquid Go-Go Groove (Instrumental)

Shimmering vibrato and distant mystical moods ooze from every corner of "Le Dimanche Matin." Not just pretty, but cool. The surf guitars and the exotic sounds make for a splendid mood piece.

Chocolate Revenge Part II dotdot
Go-Go Groove (Instrumental)

Near-thrashy go-go groove with Leslie whirl and a post spy sound.

Cooper dotdotdot
Go-Go Groove (Instrumental)

Thrashy, surfy, punky, and relentlessly big. Not at all melodic, but very much about short board storm surf limits. Intensely screaming and assaultive.

Gauchos dotdotdot
Go-Go Groove (Instrumental)

Wah wah guitar plays a melody line with a bit of "House Of The Rising" Son and a modern flair. "Gauchos" is a strong track, though more about texture than anything else.

Black and Hot Like My Women dotdotdot
Go-Go Groove (Instrumental)

Exotic in a punk lounge kinda way, "Black and Hot Like My Women" rolls like an espionage adventure, and intensifies like a dangerous frat party.

Can I Have Some Brandy With That? dotdotdot
Go-Go Groove (Instrumental)

Fuzz and organ swirl, big beat intensity, and an inverted sense of Johnny and the Hurricanes at an asylum. Odd and big.