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The Losers - Snake Eyes c/w Balboa Partydotdotdot
artworkThe Losers are another sixties band that left no trail to follow. Were they from Las Vegas or Reno? Who knows? Chunky gamblers surf. Rare, but not very special. Guessing that the label credits are the band members, the Losers were Ted Vanettes, Jim Stupps, and Bob Murray.
Picks: Snake Eyes, Balboa Party

Track by Track Review


Snake Eyes dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A minor single using a riff in a basic surf format, with dice players yakking all along and uttering "snake eyes" as they hope against hope for a winning roll of the dice. This track is vintage progression surf, with damped high note playfulness, and the sounds of gambling addicts. It's fun and infectious, and has a full throated surf guitar sound, though completely free of double picking. There were two versions of this single issued, one with gambling overdubs, and one with surf overdubs and more dominant surf guitar.

Balboa Party dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Balboa Party" doesn't rise above the party... just a chord progression repeated endlessly under the band members making party noises. Aside from the teenage party crashing ethics, it's quite dismissible.