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The Hondells - Vol. 3 - Aliases and Alternativesdotdotdot
artworkHere's where the fun begins. Volume three meanders through the back allies of aliases and alternate lineups. Aside from the Hondells, they recorded as the Sunsets, the Four Speeds ("RPM"), the Competitors, and the Go-Go's. Also lurking within is the vital surf instro from the backing band the Devons, a Richie Podolor masterpiece called "Free Fall."
Picks: Mag Rims, Free Fall

Track by Track Review


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Hot Rod (Instrumental)

Aside from the hot rod engines racing, this is a backtrack progression fronted only by shouts and meaningless banter about how cool dragsters are. The Hondells on this session are Gary Usher - guitar, Dick Burns - bass, Dennis McCarthy - keys, Wayne Edwards - drums.

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Surf (Instrumental)

The Devons were another studio persona of Richie Podolor. This is a classic track, better than the demo version which appeared on the Super Stocks CD. Melodic, sad, and very well written. I just love Podolor's guitar tone, generally obtained by plugging directly into the board instead of using an amp. and sending through an acoustic chamber. Richard Podolor wrote it, but is not on the session. Jerry LeMire - lead guitar, Bill Cooper - rhythm guitar, Dick Burns - bass, Chuck Girard - keys, Wayne Edwards - drums.