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The Intimidators - Jukebox Hitsdotdotdot
artworkAn interesting idea here - take 10 rock 'n' roll standards and arrange them for garage reverb instrumentals. The Intimidators might be an outgrowth of the defunct Black Widows. The cruddy recording holds it back a lot, yet the idea is so cool, and some of the arrangements so perfectly adaptive for the songs, that this merits investigation despite its limitations.
Picks: Nervous Breakdown, It Doesn't Matter Anymore, Dragnet, Night Walk, The Stroll, Fools Rush In, Shake Rattle and Roll, Summertime, Road Runner, Let It Rock

Track by Track Review

Nervous Breakdown dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Employing fifties slapback echo and spring reverb, the track is interesting up to a point, but the lack melody of Eddie Cochran's "Nervous Breakdown" in an instrumental treatment is painfully apparent, It doesn't really work.

It Doesn't Matter Anymore dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Buddy Holly's "It DoesnŐt Matter Anymore" is an interesting vehicle for the surf idiom. melodic enough, and with two guitars playing the melody simultaneously, one open and one damped, both reverbed, the song takes on a classic air while retaining the original pop feel. Pretty darn cool!

Dragnet dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Yup, the theme to the fifties TV show... and with tribal drums and reverb, it becomes a semi-dangerous surf threat. The two guitars again play in duet, one fairly direct and reverbed, the other vibratoed in an almost Link Wray style.

Night Walk dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Night Walk" is dark and nasty, with long fuzz guts and spooky keys. Approaching dirge, it threatens and depresses the spirit.

The Stroll dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

the grodie "The Stroll," originally ground out by the Diamonds, is an interesting song to convert to surf. dark and brooding, like the original, and much like surf dirge.

Fools Rush In dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Echoed damped reverbed guitar, long open reverb notes, and a catchy rhythm, give the classic "Fools Rush In" an entirely new sound and direction. Almost military, yet relentlessly angular and disturbed.

Shake Rattle and Roll dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

While this is a happy rhythmic track, "Shake Rattle and Roll" is just not quite melodic enough to hold my attention instrumentally.

Summertime dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

George Gershwin's "Summertime" has been surfed up a few times. Vibrato and shimmer, moody distant drums, droning bass... together they make this more morose and depressing than ever. Dark, like the Surfmen were.

Road Runner dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Oh that classic Bo Diddley sound. The long slow glissando intro leads to the classic progression. Not melodic, yet commanding in its own way. Beep beep!

Let It Rock dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chuck Berry's "Let It Rock" brings on images of the Beach Boys in the garage with laryngitis. Again the lack of melody in the song prevents it from rising above a progression.