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The Iguanas - S/Tdotdotdot
artworkAnn Arbor Michigan,1963, High school Class President Jim Osterberg has a rock band on the side. The Iguanas were the first band for a future Iggy Pop, the first place he performed "Louie Louie", and they did surf. These crude demos show how pervasive surf was in the early sixties,and how influential on the beginnings of American Garage bands.
Picks: Outer Limits, Walk Don't Run, Surfin' Bird, Wild Weekend, Tequila, Perfidia

Track by Track Review


Outer Limits dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The sax and guitar lead line tradeoffs on the Mar-Ketts' "Out Of Limits" are priceless. Very interesting.

Walk Don't Run dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A dry versions of the Ventures' version of Johnny Smith's "Walk, Don't Run."

Surfin' Bird dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The oddest of all here is this instro version of the Trashmen's "Surfin' Bird" where the sax and guitar trade the melody lines... a most unusual treatment.

Wild Weekend dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This track is the best surf on the CD. It is the Iguanization of the Rockin' Rebels' "Wild Weekend" (the first of two versions that appear here). Pretty amazing, especially when you think about Iggy Pop being in the band.

Tequila dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a pretty dry version of the Champs' "Tequila," and nothing special at that.

Perfidia dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Ventures' version of the 40's big band classic "Perfidia" featuring the most unusual and very strange use of sax as a lead instrument.