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Dave Marks and the Marksmen - South Bay Surf Band Reunion 1986dotdotdot
artworkJohn Blair introduces Dave Marks and the Marksmen. The band is David Marks - guitar, Kip Brown - guitar, Mark Grosclose - drums, Bill Trinkle - bass. David Marks was the Beach Boy who left the band because he thought they weren't going anywhere. They were formed on Dave's exit. Their only recorded output was the Dick Dale-ish instro titled "Sheriff Of Nottingham." The set ends with Eddie Bertrand singing "Louie Louie" for the sound crew.
Picks: Travelin', The Sheriff Of Nottingham, Wiggle Wobble, Tequila

Track by Track Review


Travelin' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a mid tempo instro with a travellin' feel (just like the title says). It's moderately interesting, with a pleasing riff. David Marks' guitar wouldn't stay in tune.

The Sheriff Of Nottingham dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is just what it says... David Marks firebrand double picked peon to the King of the Surf Guitar. Lot's of fast picking, but little melody. It's pretty fun and spunky. The compressed guitar chops are neo modern, but they work well with the tune. The band is pretty sloppy. Marks introduced "Sheriff Of Nottingham" as a "cheap imitation of Dick Dale."

Wiggle Wobble dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The bass is out of tune, they all seem to be in different keys, and Les Cooper was dying. The sax is very cool, though.

Tequila dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A sloppy rendition, with the bass playing the wrong thing it seems. The sax is solid.