Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Finks - Fill 'Er Up and Godotdot
artwork18 tracks, mostly covers without much imaginative arranging, and recorded poorly. The band is long dissolved, but lives on in the Bomboras. Overall a limited interest CD because of the pedestrian nature of the tracks, though there are a couple of really nice numbers that would greatly benefit from good recording, and there are some tasty guitar moments. The last track is a dreadful version of the Novas' novelty hit "The Crusher."
Picks: Haunted Fink, Similau, The Nomad, Latin'ia, Hang On, 12 Miles To Babylon, Hava Nagila, The Eliminator, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Cecilia Ann, Steel Pier, Road Kill, Lucha Libre, Squad Car, Creeper, Out Of Control, Moment Of Truth

Track by Track Review

Haunted Fink dotdot
Northwest (Instrumental)

"Haunted Fink" is a little like "Nightmare" for the northwest sound fans, with crummy sound and cheap organ.

Similau dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A straight cover of the sugar cane field ghost song, arranged mostly like the Surfaris did, except for the domineering organ that gets in the way of the track.

The Nomad dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A straight cover of the Nomads' namesake tune. The playing is solid trad. The organ is subdued enough in the mix to work.

Latin'ia dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A muddy take of Tommy Nuñes' great song. It retains most of the Latin feel and the surf too. The whammy is tasty, and the percussion right on.

Hang On dotdot
Riff Rock (Instrumental)

Riff rock with reverb. Next.

12 Miles To Babylon dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This dramatic and slowish number sticks long after playing it. Its sad tones and mysterious melody are excellent. Too bad the recording is murky, because this could have been a great track.

Hava Nagila dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The muddy recording buries the energy that was obviously there when they cut it. A pretty straight cover of the Dick Dale arrangement.

The Eliminator dotdotdot
Sax (Instrumental)

A much too long sampled drag racing bit introduces a surf riff tune with little of the power suggested by the intro. It's a good riff, melodic enough to hold attention. Lots of energy, and the organ sits just high enough to work. Riff rock with reverb, surf guitars and lots of fire, but not much panache.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" is the Crossfires tune, with its split personality and the saxes replaced by organ. The gimmick worked better on the original. The reverb kicks are very cool.

Cecilia Ann dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Surftones' obscuro delivered straight up. The organ's ambient background playing adds an air of mystery to this fine tune.

Steel Pier dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Impacts' tune well played given the absence of the lap steel, replaced by double picked lead work that sports quite a punch. A nice arrangement limited by poor sound. Excellent fiery glissandoes.

Road Kill dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The haunting organ and exotic percussion support a limited riff that relies on whammy and shimmer. It's a cool idea, but some of the organ lines are too loud and get in the way.

Lucha Libre dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a great number. The surf vibe is spectacular, and the delivery is excellent too. Melodic and chunky, with a splashy lead line and funny moronic shouts of "Lucha Libre." Great drum work, and lost of energy, again restrained by shallow sound.

Squad Car dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Paul Johnson's second most famous song, driven with Eddie Bertrand's interpretation and plenty of surf tone. This is an excellent performance.

Creeper dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Ventures' thumpy repetitious riff rocker, arrange sorta like "Wipe Out," with borrowings from the Chantays' "Move It" and other classics. Nifty glissandoes and tasty arranging.

Out Of Control dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another Crossfires tune, driven by hot double picked guitar and thick chords.

Moment Of Truth dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Original Surfaris' arrangement is replicated mostly, though the sloppy glissandoes shred to grab attention while seeming somewhat out of place.