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The Marsadees - S/Tdotdotdot
artworkThe Marsadees were a bunch of high schoolers from South Carolina. Seven surf instros coupled with five vocals including "Little Honda," "Louie Louie," and a really sappy "Lonely Sea."
Picks: Palisade, Honky Tonk, Sleep Walk, Walk Don't Run '64, Chartreuse, Pipeline, Wipe Out

Track by Track Review


Palisade dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Palisade" is a slow prom last dance kinda tune with really nice surfisms and a fluid melody.

Honky Tonk dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Here we have a fairly standard rendering of Bill Dogget's "Honky Tonk," with no new elements or styling.

Sleep Walk dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a relatively tame translation from lap steel into guitar. While quite nice, it's nothing special at all.

Walk Don't Run '64 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Marsadees do a pretty competent and very enjoyable performance of the Ventures' "Walk Don't Run '64." Lotsa surf and reverb to satisfy your craving.

Chartreuse dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Chartreuse" is a fine track, played with spunk and splash. Pure period surf, with ringing chords and great surf tone. The melody is minimal, more a surf riff rocker with real charm.

Pipeline dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

In some ways, this is like the Spiedels' take, but no where near as intense. It has great glissandoes and rhythm, and innocent surf power.

Wipe Out dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

They're not the Surfaris, but the drums are pretty darn good and the riffs are augmented with a high spirited break and much more reverby tone.