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The Moongooners - Willie And The Hand Jive c/w Moongoon Twistdotdotdot
artworkThis is an early collaboration between future Walker Brothers John Maus, John Stewart, and Scott Engel. This is the original Essar release, which was later licensed by Donna. Engel also recorded some instrumentals under his own name, including "Devil Surfer," which is far superior to this single.
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Track by Track Review


Willie and the Hand Jive dotdotdot
Diddley Bo (Instrumental)

Johnny Otis used the Bo Diddley beat for his hit. The Moongooners take that song, and do a slightly surfy version with sax replacing the vocals. It's quite a tribal thing, with lots of screams and shouts, and an infectious sound. Fun.

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Surf (Instrumental)

This is a mighty dry riff rock track, with only it's disjointed energy to rely on. Not very interesting or memorable. Just old. The Moongooners were Scott Engel, John Maus, and John Stewart, who became the Walker Brothers after a stint as the Dolton Brothers. Scott Engel issued a surf instro single called "Devil Surfer." The tone here is similar, but it's much less "authentic."