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JFA - Valley Of The Yakesdotdotdot
artworkDuring this period, seminal skate punk band JFA's sound was very thin. While thoroughly immersed in an evolving skate punk style, they also paid homage to vintage surf, which was the earliest form of skate punk in that it fund its way onto early skateboard films, most notably the seminal Skaterdater with Davie Allan's superb soundtrack. Valley Of The Yakes contains two surf instros from 1983, when the revival was still a very small club.
Picks: Walk Don't Run, Baja

Track by Track Review


Walk Don't Run dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

JFA is covering The Ventures' second version of Johnny Smith's "Walk Don't Run" under their re-title of "Walk Don't Run '64." Aside from the thinness of the sound, this is a very credible surf intro. Thin high register bass, relatively straight forward drums, and non-fender reverb guitar, with echoed muted delay and spring reverb in tow. Reserved, yet engaging.

Baja dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is based on The Astronauts' version. The thin sound doesn't really detract from the performance because of the evolving style this is born of, and because the performance is very solid very chunky, fast, and bunches of fun. Reverent, and very serviceable.