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The Halibuts - Grodie [The Gnarly Rough Mixes]dotdotdotdot
artworkThis cassette contains the rough mixes for the magnificent second album from the Halibuts. Some of the tunes are a bit formative, others were not used for the album, but appeared elsewhere. A collectable gem for sure.
Picks: Rumble, Gotta Light [Got A Match], Centipede, Ramrod, Batman, Skinny Dip, The Man From H. A. L. I. B. U. T.

Track by Track Review

Rumble dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

ItŐs Link WrayŐs monster, surfed out, feedback included, and gnarly. Recorded on 9/15/86.

Gotta Light [Got A Match] dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Playful, tropical beat, hokey polka sensibilities, and a child like melody combine to create a very fun and infectious track, completely outside the pale of your usual surf tune. Recorded 9/15/86.

Centipede dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is just about their most surfy, best track. It is powerful, full of tones in very corner, melodic, infectious, and just plain wonderful. The melody is lonesome mean, the rolling drums are spectacular, and the growling keyboard under it all holds it together. Even JoeyŐs out of tune sax is perfect for the track. Totally necessary eighties surf. Recorded 8/19/86

Ramrod dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This unused track is a cover of the Duane Eddy / Al Casey classic. ItŐs a tuff track, gutsy and strong, but less playful than the rest of the album, which is probably why it got left off. Highly rhythmic, and energetic.

Batman dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the Neil Hefty TV theme, arranged in a pretty standard surf band way. Not very interesting, but having seen them a bunch of times, I can tell you their audience loves this. The powerful glissandoes to a stop between verses works really well. Recorded 6/12/86.

Skinny Dip dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

High spirited surf instro, so spunky that Agent Orange issued a cover on a single a few years back. The melody is pure vintage surf, while the speed is faster and the sound is lighter. Great infectious stomp master track. Recorded on 8/28/86

The Man From H. A. L. I. B. U. T. dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Hokey, movie spoof twin lead playfulness. The two guitars share the duty, trading lines in a playful way. The pace is moderate and deliberate. The almost start stop action between verses is pretty fun. The fast ska break is utterly unexpected and joyous. When it slows back down to a final verse, all is well with the world. So many changes, so little time. Recorded 9/15/86