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The Neptunas - Let Them Eat Tunadotdotdotdot
artworkIt's been too long, but alas the wait has been well worth it. Sixteen new surfettas from my fave femme fatales. This is a cohesive, surfy CD of mostly original instros. It sports one of the great CD titles. The last minute-fifty of track 16 ("Surf Beat") is stoked with an uncredited vocal, the marvelous "It Was I," originally from from Skip & Flip, and recreated here as only the 'Tunas could. Just too cool for words. My, how these water babies have grown, both musically, and in girth, as demonstrated by the lovely Pamita Neptuna (bass and baby) who appears in full bulge and leigh. This is also the first release with drummer Laura Bethita Neptuna. As usual, the lithe Leslita Neptuna struts her ethereal best guitar licks, limited only by having a law degree. Even the umpteen page booklet is loaded with gaga shots of the 'Tunababes, and cool written stuff. You gotta enjoy this...
Picks: Davy Jones Liquor Locker, White Caps, Point Panic, Dick Tracy, Lil' Ms. Go-Go, Mummy Walk, The Balls Of St. Kahuna, Hawaii 5-0, To Serve man, Nautipussy, Shape Of Things To Come, Bong Water Babies, Inertia, Faster Pussycat, Kill Kill!, Lullaby Of The Leaves, Surf Beat

Track by Track Review


Davy Jones Liquor Locker dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a quirky sorta spy-at-the-lounge tune, fitting for a mermaid or a shoe salesman in Des Moines. Playful, strait from the yellow fin heart. Inebriating.

White Caps dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This Mummies cover has been thoroughly taken over by the ladies of the cannery. Their boss interpretation removes all the gauze, exposing the reverb wrapped within all these millennia. melodic, slightly Polynesian, and a bit shaped by "Stephanie Miller Has Sand Crabs." Spiffy.

Point Panic dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Surfaris follow up single to "Wipe Out," with loving excuses to Ron Wilson, and a nod to Jim Fuller. A bunch of spirit, a mess of tom toms, and some really fine warm surf twang. Nearly all the notes are there, and riot girl screams replace those that were accidentally left at home. 'Taint no better interpretation than one that says "this is MINE," as we hear here. Scrumptious.

Dick Tracy dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

If cartoon guys with sharp pointy shoulders could play guitar, it would sound like this. melodic, sorta detectivist, and animated spooky. You can just see the three fishettes being eyed by a trench-coated self appointed world saver. If only they'd been in Armageddon. Fortuitous.

Lil' Ms. Go-Go dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dedicated to dragster diva Shirley Muldowney, and intro with some cheesy AM dragstrip ad text, this fine tune has a Duane Eddy feel, if only the Rebel Rouser had played faster and more innocently. Burnin' rubber, the smell of spent alcohol fuel, and the flash of the Christmas tree starting lights permeate this deluxe echo guitar track. Smokin'.

Mummy Walk dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

USE review from Phantom 5ive as basis. This is a progressional tune captured on an east coast jaunt from Memphis' Thee Phantom 5ive. It's both surfy and fifties guitar styled, with bits of several vintage tunes peeking out from behind the amps. Preserved.

The Balls Of St. Kahuna dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Will Slacktone ever be seen in the same light? Light weight playful ode to the outies of the surf god. Cradled in the hands of these pheromonic divas, this tune becomes something of an enigma, with a kind of spirit that can only come from children. The little ladies took it by the short curlies, and squeezed every drop of life out of it. Hang loose!

Hawaii 5-0 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Jack Lord and televisionary pop aside, this is a fully schooled version of the familiar post-surf hit. It is delivered with tuna precision, and albacore scales. Boss.

To Serve man dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

So, is this about technology, antifeminism, or man as meal? I suspect the latter, given the voracious appetite of the resident tunas. The twisted guitar bending, the pluckery detomaso, and the shear scale of the piece render it fit for Reventlo heaven. Bent.

Nautipussy dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Giving new meaning to "chicken of the sea," the ladies of the fish tank seriously tease with this latex surf tune. It enjoys a childlike sense of melody, and a South Bay legacy. Too cool.

Shape Of Things To Come dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Neither Max Frost & the Troopers nor Davie Allan & the Many Arrows could take this Mann-Weil monster farther from Wild In The Streets. Big intro, dramatic drumming, and twangy post-biker guitar. Like the ghost of Harley past, this haunts the back of the garage, leaving the Hogg unstarted in favor of a Dewey Webber and grass skirt. No training wheels required.

Bong Water Babies dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This track has a seemingly tentative melody, with a sad lilt to it. Like a fish out of water, it seems to be searching for the school to rejoin, while keeping a wary eye out for the troller. Uneasy sadness.

Inertia dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very enjoyable version of the Hustlers' "Inertia." Well delivered, damped guitar, some echo, some reverb, some whammy. Rhythmically balanced, and infectious. Won't peter out.

Faster Pussycat, Kill Kill! dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Twistomatic movie extracto, introduced with a Pamita narrative about violence disguised as sex. Too sensual for words... By the time they get to the song, you're too scared to engage them. Punctuated with ample "yeah baby, go go" chatter, and diabolical echoed laughter. Erotica sante.

Lullaby Of The Leaves dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Ventures pulverized this amply ages ago, so naturally the 'Tunas take it away from the aging whammy bar whackers. It's got bunches of joy, and slabs of whammy twang. Adventurous.

Surf Beat dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The KOSG's most rhythmic surf grinder, splashily crashed and bashed with female abandon. The girls really make it rock. They did the miss the "secret of Surf Beat," but then, so has every one else. Chunkin' good pumpin' beat.