Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Mr. Gasser and the Weirdos - Surfinkdotdot
artworkThis trashy studio project LP sports 5 instros, 3 on the so-what side of the ledger, and two great tracks from the Super Stocks.
Picks: Little Fink Surf's Again, Phantom Surfer, Surfink Blues, Santa Barbara, Midnight Run

Track by Track Review


Little Fink Surf's Again dotdotdot
TV Music (Instrumental)

This is a strange track. It sounds like a TV theme, but it's not. Deliberate and tentative, yet somehow catchy. The melody sure could be surfed up in the right hands.

Phantom Surfer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Totally studio... weirdness, dry energy-free drums and bass, and useless guitar noodling... hot sax. From the sound, I'd guess the musicians are Plas Johnson or Steve Douglas on sax and Hal Blaine on drums. Jus so so.

Surfink Blues dotdot
Sock Hop (Instrumental)

A slow and meaningless last dance slow mover with a decent melody and a bit of sadness. The sax drives the song.

Santa Barbara dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A rhythmic and chunky track from the pen of Gary Usher, with the lead and rhythm linked in time. The overall effect is an interesting and infectious song with great drums.

Midnight Run dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is THEE defining Super Stocks track. It is melodic, dramatic, emotional, powerful, dynamic, and highly melodic. It was written by Gary Usher, Richard Burns, and Roger Christian. It has one of the most infectious sounds of any of the more layered less assaultive surf instros. Totally great.