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The Lonely Ones - Live at Stubbs Pubdotdotdotdot
Aside from "Miserlou," none of the instros on this ep have been reissued. Four great surf instros and a long preach from Stubb himself. While the sound is mighty muddy (ambient), there's no doubt that the Lonely Ones were hot!
Picks: Miserlou, Chief Lotta, The Pub, Wah-Hou

Track by Track Review


Miserlou dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is from a little EP, and is the only evidence that this band existed. This performance is true to Dick Dale's single, and shows a lot of fire and youthful abandon. "Miserlou" opens with surfin' preacher Stub calling for his flock, then introducing the Lonely Ones. This was recorded live at the Hermosa Beach teen club called Stub's Pub.

Chief Lotta dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an infectious cover of a fine "Belairs" song. Tons of energy and much surfier than the original, with reverb cranked and volume set at 11! Paul Johnson's catchy "Chiflado" is mistitled "Chief Lotta," as was fairly common among bands that saw each other live, but didn't necessarily see titles printed.

The Pub dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Based on a bluesy jam on keyboard with surf guitar raging in the background, "The Pub" is not unlike a ripped and reverbed Booker T. meets Ray Charles in the Fender lab. Great drum break and mega energy.

Wah-Hou dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is simply the best! A rockin' cowboy surf jam that's nothing short of high spirited and infectious. Shouts throughout, a raucous crowd, and real power. Why this has never been comp'd I don't know. Completely cool!