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The Hodaddys - Hodaddys Play Surf Hits - Deluxe Edition DVDdotdotdot
artworkI have one overriding comment. This band seems like a really good trad band with a solid drummer and great guitars. The mixes really limit the effectiveness of their material, both in studio, and on the live document. The music and the performances are great! This could have easily been a 4-star release!

These tracks are bass-heavy mono, slightly stereoized with reverb. Tracks 1-14 are the CD. The mixes are really bass heavy and leads way too low, restraining their hidden power. Tracks 15-26 are the live DVD. They are obviously live soundboard, with the lead guitar extremely low in al tracks. It's a cool visual document of a band doing the real thing.
Picks: Squad Car, Penetration, Pintor, Que Honda, Wave Walk'n', Mr. Moto, Dawn Patrol, The Wedge, Taco Wagon, Calhoun Surf, Skin Diver, Burnin' Rubber, A/A Fueler, Nite Surfer, Namu, Storm Dancer, Rumblin' Rod, Mr. Rebel, Soul Surfer, A Shot In The Dark, Fiero, Surfin' With The Sharks, Vaporizer, Surf Trashed, Que Honda, Blue Venus

Track by Track Review


Squad Car dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very respectful version of Eddie and the Showmen's "Squad Car." The lead is played a lot like Paul Johnson intended when he originally wrote it. The delicacy of the guitar is refreshing, though it's a tad low in the mix.

Penetration dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Reverb pumping as The Hodaddys perform The Pyramids' "Penetration." Where the Ventures monkeyed with string swipes, these guys employed glissandos. Rock solid.

Pintor dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a dripping reverb cover of one of the great Spanish flavored surf instros. The Hodaddys play with extreme reverence and wonderful watery tone. There are nowhere near enough covers of The Pharos' "Pintor!"

Que Honda dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Satan's Pilgrims' "Que Honda" is stomped out in fine form. An interesting modern cover choice, the song is just as cool as the original.

Wave Walk'n' dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Surf Raiders' groovy "Wave Walk'n'" is a great choice for the style of The Hodaddys. The swimming whammy and gentle pace are just what they need.

Mr. Moto dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a nice wet version of Paul Johnson's "Mr. Moto" with bass added. One guitar seems to work pretty well here. Very nice.

Dawn Patrol dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Deuce Coupes ' "Dawn Patrol" is an easy moving cover that suits The Hodaddys very well. The warm melody and sense of travel are nicely portrayed in their reverby sound. The lead guitar circles across the panoramic spectrum in the break.

The Wedge dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Covering Dick Dale and his Del-tones' version of Al Hazan's "The Wedge," the boys deliver a solid version with shouts and all.

Taco Wagon dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a reverby cover of The De-Fenders' song, with a solid surf feeling and cool percussion. It's a very tasteful version.

Calhoun Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A lot of bands cover this, the first song Danny Amis ever wrote. This is more like the Los Straitjackets version than the Overtones' original. Fluid and fun.

Skin Diver dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a slightly softer version of t De-Fenders' "Skin Diver," with richer reverb. The song flows very well, and the quick little guitar sequences are very nicely done. Nice to see it covered.

Burnin' Rubber dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Jim Fuller's "Burnin' Rubber" is nicely done here. The bassiness does take away some of the energy. That aside, this is an excellent choice to cover, and is pretty friendly.

A/A Fueler dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"A/A Fueler" is fun instro with a cycling riff and splashy tone. The energy is good despite the lead being really low in the mix. A better mix would definitely bring another star.

Nite Surfer dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Deuce Coupes' "Nite Surfer" is a wonderful choice. The galloping rhythm and liquid guitar as a great combination. Quite cool!

Namu dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Namu" is a surf romp with a charging melody and sparkling edge. The false stops are cool, and spunk evident everywhere.

Storm Dancer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Jon and the Nightriders' "Storm Dancer" starts with a chord and a reverb crash, and quickly pounds into a spirited cover. Damn, I sure wish this sounded better. Superb energy and chemistry.

Rumblin' Rod dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Rumblin' Rod" is a somewhat threatening song with healthy energy and power. Great picking and power.

Mr. Rebel dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Arranged like Eddie and the Showmen's single, this performance of "Mr. Rebel" is really cool. Excellent double picking.

Soul Surfer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Johnny Sudetta's sultry groove is washed in reverb and surf soul. Sparkling double picked bridges and excellent chemistry.

A Shot In The Dark dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A pleasant cover of Henry Mancini's "A Shot In The Dark" gets extra coolness from reverb.

Fiero dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a spirited cover of The Fireballs' "Fiero," which is very reverent and tight. Nicely done in a wetter reproduction sort of way.

Surfin' With The Sharks dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a totally cool original with a great moody melody and fast moving energy. Wonderful double picked sections and glissandos and sparkle.

Vaporizer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a stompy number with a sort of frat rock feel. dark and moody and riff-centric, with great drums. Fun and cool.

Surf Trashed dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great drums a la "Surf Beat" drive this slightly dark number. It's heavy and spunky and circular, with a tribal beat and primal energy.

Que Honda dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a spunky take on Satan's Pilgrims' "Que Honda." Very cool energy and pumped party stompin' style.

Blue Venus dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is recorded very differently (probably not really live), in stereo, and with sultry tone. "Blue Venus" moves slowly and romantically, with grand dripping reverb, and loud Fender tone. Very nice track.