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Laika and the Cosmonauts - Surf's You Rightdotdotdot
artworkThe second album from Laika & the Cosmonauts, much more surfy than their first, and a lot more interesting as well. Plenty of surf energy, and some cool surprises too. Good album.
Picks: Surf's You Right, Bullseye, King Cobra, Oahu Luau, Zunami, A Night In Tunisia, Don't Monkey With Tarzan, Caravan, Surf-Ro-Mania, Fadeaway, Point Of No Return, And Suddenly You Run

Track by Track Review


Surf's You Right dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Shreddin' ska backed raging surf, with screams of joy sprinkled in, and a bridge that's unique and out of this world. Melodic, low-E growling, spiffy glissandoes, and even a tiny bit of the old double pick.

Bullseye dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

Organ and soft guitar combine for a relatively tame track. The melody is nice, but the feeling just ain't there. Muddy.

King Cobra dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

Cool Las Vegas runway drums, shimmering guitars, and a sixties sleaze melody are all together here. The combination provides a song perfect for a TV ad. There are a few Middle Eastern twinges, but mostly it's strip joint romantic.

Oahu Luau dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

There's nothing like faux Polynesian stylings a la Martin Denny et. al. to get your mai tai flowing. It's hokey enough, and hotel grass shack smooth.

Zunami dotdotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

Melodic in a film score way, augmented with mighty fine glissandoes and double picking. It's quite surf worthy. Memorable, melodic, energetic, and the sax is a cool addition.

A Night In Tunisia dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

There was a lot of jazz in Southern California surf instros back in the days of old. This is a hot rendition of a spiffy jazz number from the fifties. It's a natural for the Euro instro sound.

Don't Monkey With Tarzan dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

Laika Y Bubbas took a totally non-surf, rather boring late fifties/early sixties nothing single, added surf backing and rounded lead tones, and got an end result that's quite appealing. Even the Tarzan calls that are so annoying in the original are acceptable, even fit in well here. Their sense of the absurd and humor carry off what others only muck up.

Caravan dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

Stuck halfway between lounge and easy listening, this is like the Ventures with a martini.

Surf-Ro-Mania dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Traditional Euro folk melody and styles, glissandoes and double picking, like you'd like 'em to do at the bar mitzvah. Not much melody, mostly an ambiance of line dancing Baltic fishermen. A fun track for sure.

Fadeaway dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

Slow and silky romantic easy to swallow melodic and smooth. This is quite a pretty song, and the guitar work is delicate and tasty.

Point Of No Return dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

There's a sax layered over the top, and a plunky backtrack, with a low-in-the-mix guitar. Quite fun and energetic.

And Suddenly You Run
Euro (Instrumental)

Slow shimmering vibrato of the fifties detective in a black trench coat variety. Smooth and sadly romantic. Gumshoe in paradise.