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The Intimidators - Raunchy and Other Hitsdotdot
artworkThe Intimidators are from Brea, California. This is a frustrating release for me. Personally (and all reviews are just that - personal opinion), this coulda been a great CD with decent recording quality and a little more time spent on arrangements. Absolutely muddy sound with weak bass and thin ambient drums. Much of the music here is unimaginative riff rock, though there are some very cool original moments too.
Picks: RPM, Point Blank, Raunchy, Wild Weekend, Mother Of Pearl, Satan's Chariot, Vendetta, Little Sister, Courageous Cat, Peter Gunn, Sixgun, Chief, Tarantula, Cannibal, Eightball, Stingray, Dragon, Untitled

Track by Track Review


RPM dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"RPM" is a riff with possibilities. Really hard to listen to through the murk.

Point Blank dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a cool song, with haunting whammy chords and a moody melody line. The arrangement is good too. It's just really marginal sounding.

Raunchy dot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is more or less a reverbed rockabilly arrangement of Bill Justis' "Raunchy." Nothing new here.

Wild Weekend dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Intimidators reverb and over-echo Tom Shannon's radio show theme from the fifties. It's an interesting arrangement.

Mother Of Pearl dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Well now! It's not Brian Ferry's song, but "Mother Of Pearl" is a pleasant minimalist surf riff number.

Satan's Chariot dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sounding almost like it was recorded over the phone, the Deuce Coupes' "Satan's Chariot" is really thin and weak, at least until the lead finally comes in.

Vendetta dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Link Wray's angry "Vendetta" is all twisted and disquieting. It's an arrangement that would really be cool in the light of day.

Little Sister dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An obvious surfable choice covered only by Surfin' Elvis (a Surf Coasters side project). Not very imaginative.

Courageous Cat dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is kinda cool in a "Pink Panther" kinda way. Quite short, but very interesting. The nature of the song is not as harmed as others here by the lo-fi, though being able to actually hear the cymbals and drums would really make it groove.

Peter Gunn dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A basic surf arrangement of Henry Mancini's classic detective theme.

Sixgun dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Sixgun" is a slow moody spaghetti number. The writing is excellent, and the arrangement very sympathetic to the melody. Kinda sad, with an open desert feel, and an excellent melody line.

Chief dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another original with a cool structure and minimalist melody riff that works well. Very Link Wray-ish, with tribal drums and hypnotic bass. Coulda been a contender.

Tarantula dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Almost tribal "Camel Walk"-ish, with a simple riff. A little more development, and it could be pretty cool.

Cannibal dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A little on the exotic side, this riff based number sports strange chord whammy and a circular lead. It's a little too unchanging, almost hypnotic, relying way too much on the strangeness.

Eightball dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Eightball" has an almost Christmas sounding melody line, and an odd rhythm. It's on the sad side, but like it still expects good things to come. Nicely written and developed.

Stingray dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow and echoed rhythm guitar notes, a moody soft and low lead, and a walking bass portray an unchanging scene of a graceful floating "Stingray." This is a nicely written piece with potential.

Dragon dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Dragon" is kinda Henry Mancini-ish, a little too repetitious, yet quirky cool. Another example of a good idea masked by very muddy sound.

Untitled dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Unlisted on the sleeve, track 18 is a spooky over-echoed song with a graveyard haunt feel, and a cool melody line.