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Tommy James and the Shondells - Hanky Pankydotdotdot
What is this, you ask? Well, it's the only CD release of Tommy's surf-based "Thunderbolt" single B-side. Ohio was home to the Shondells. Tommy James - guitar & vocals, Larry Wright - bass, Larry Coverdale - guitar, Craig Villeneuve - keyboards, and Jim Payne - drums)
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Thunderbolt dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tommy James may have been a studio lizard of the first order, but he did produce some of the most creative effects on any hit singles anywhere. He also laid down the surf-based "Thunderbolt" as a single B-side to "Hanky Panky," both recorded in '63 and issued on Snap records, then reissued on Roulette to become a national hit in 1966. This is one of those frustrating recordings that clearly would have been a great surf record had Tommy used reverb and played full tilt instead of studio quiet and dry. The track lies somewhere between the grand pre-surf work of Jody Reynolds, the surf idiom, and the dry pre-psych / post surf sound of studio sessions. After 30 years, this is still an infectious single, and fits into a surf set just fine.