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The Hodaddys - MySpacedotdotdot
artworkThis is a collection of tracks from The Hodaddys MySpace page, and that of guitarist King Pompano. A couple don't appear on their album.
Picks: Pompano's Theme, Taco Wagon, Lover's Cay, Moondawg, A/A Fueler, Burnin' Rubber, Rat Rod Ride, Squad Car, Jack The Ripper / Rumble, Penetration, Latin'ia 2007, Dawn Patrol, Surf Trashed, Fiero

Track by Track Review


Pompano's Theme dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one lovely number, with am infectious traveling rhythm and warm whammy. "Pompano's Theme" is simple and direct, and thoroughly enjoyable. The dueling guitar section is really cool. Great arranging too!

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.

Lover's Cay dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Lover's Cay" is slow and pretty, as the title would suggest. It's also a little spooky at times. The transitions are unusual, and the moody bass drone emotional. Very cool!

Moondawg dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Gamblers' "Moondawg" pumps and rides along much as the original, except that the muddiness of the track takes away the obvious energy. Still, it's a good record of a solid performance.

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.

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.

Rat Rod Ride dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a cool number with twin-note plucked leads and a playful sound. On the delicate side, it reminds me of some of the tracks from New Mexico in the sixties that were captured at Norman Petty's place. I like this.

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.

Jack The Ripper / Rumble dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a solid performance of two classic Link Wray songs. Done with great surf reverb and whammy chords, "Jack The Ripper / Rumble" is very satisfying despite the live mix limitations. Mid tempo and dangerously cool.

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.

Latin'ia 2007 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

There are some parts of the arrangement that are from The Sentinals, some from other early versions, and with chorus added, "Latin'ia 2007" takes on a different twist. Swimming, tropical, delicate, and very cool.

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.

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.

Fiero dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lead guitarist King Pompano did this as a solo maybe, or as a demo to bring to the band... guesses, but it's very nice. Sparkly guitar and genuine reverence for The Fireballs' original. Very nice.