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Stronzo Gelantino and the Boo-Men - Part 1dotdotdotdot
artworkWell now, Stronzo Gelantino and the Boo-Men sure have gotten strong. their earlier demo was hot, and this is hotter. It's very nontraditional surf steeped in polka, klezmer, gypsy, ska, and superb guitar work. Highly original, and really hard not to like!
Picks: Roger Loyale, King Kong Cologne, Pony, La Mosca, Spagato, Boo-Men Theme, Disco Cancer, Gelee Royal, Der Beige Racher, Level 256, Do The Demare

Track by Track Review

Roger Loyale dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Roger Loyale" employs a bouncy sort of polka rhythm and excellent surf tone and splash. Excellent energy and flair, and genuine surfable style amid a completely non-surf, semi ska format. The muted lines are just too cool! There are places here that remind me of the extreme rhythmic splendor achieved by Swami "Ayo."

King Kong Cologne dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"King Kong Cologne" is a fine instrumental, with an island mystery and very infectious rhythm. Liquid glissandos, reverb crashes, and upbeat energy throughout. Great tone and chemistry. Thoroughly enjoyable and compelling!

Pony dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

It's so hard not to grin as Stronzo Gelantino and the Boo-Men rampage through this delightful number. Liquid surf tone, bouncing rhythms, and superb style. "Pony" is totally enjoyable and extremely fun.

La Mosca dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"La Mosca" is a playful track with a simple riff and surf twang. The very infectious reverb rhythm makes this shine! Whatever Lola Wants, Lola gets fast.

Sexy Time
Surf (Instrumental)

"Sexy Time" is playful and bouncy in an almost eastern European way, perhaps rooted in Romanian style. This is flippant and light hearted, and all fun.

Spagato dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Bordering on klezmer coolness, "Spagato" is a splendid and infectious song. Excellent tone and an infectious rhythm track support a wonderful melody. If you like Meshugga Beach Party, you'll not be disappointed.

Boo-Men Theme dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With great pomp, "Boo-Men Theme" launches into an amazing double picked dribbling gypsy maze of reverb and primal stomp. In some ways, it takes some getting used to, but soon enough, you're hooked. Great lead guitar playing, and the rhythm is no slouch either, and once the reverb crashes commence, well... and the drums and bass are so primal. Very cool!

Disco Cancer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

You might imagine surf as disco, and while there is a certain frantic energy and pace that suggests the vacuous dance rhythms, "Disco Cancer" also sports the curious juxtaposition of surf guitar tone and flailed chords and frantic notes, a liquid middle section with a lovely and sad melody line, and very cool energy. Original and engaging.

Gelee Royal dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Gelee Royal" ("Royal Jelly") is fast and pumped up, with a very playful melody and infectious rhythm. Very cool!

Der Beige Racher dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Named for their self-appointed super hero, "Der Beige Racher" is a splashy, bouncy number with dripping springs and fanciful energy. Quite fun!

Level 256 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Flying about like a "Flight Of The Bumble Bee" gone haywire, "Level 256" fires off a billion notes per second, and they're all in the right place. The frantic energy will wear you out, but that won't bother you a bit. All fun!

Do The Demare dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

the tribal stomp beat and bass of "Do The Demare" are countered by superb surf chords and hot blooded melody lines. While totally original, there's an old world familiarity that's quite compelling. As it fades slowly out, you're left with the feeling it will be back soon. Very cool track.