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The OK Kings - Our Kingdom For A Wavedotdotdotdot
artworkOur Kingdom For A Wave is a great ten-inch from The OK Kings, issued in 1996. They really advanced beyond their initial offering from just a year earlier. Excellent arranging and writing, and, of course, playing.
Picks: Shadow Surfer, Go Go Kings (live), Wave Streakin' (live), Mr. Sheba, Surfside Strangler, iOK Karamba!, Street Fightin' Surfer, Don't Touch My Surfboard, Weepin' Surfer

Track by Track Review

Shadow Surfer dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Shadow Surfer" sports a catchy rhythm track and chunky tom tom action. It borders on menacing at times, but is mostly adventurous surf, especially the muted lead section. This is a significant upgrade from the 1995 version on the Prayjob ep.

Go Go Kings (live) dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A sort of Wipe Out scream entree and drum sequence admits "Go Go Kings" to the big top. There are some sax lines and weird organ, which give it its carnival of lost souls sound. It's a slightly dark number, especially during the raw sax verse. Once the double picked guitar arrives, though, it becomes all surf. Exotic and engaging.

Wave Streakin' (live) dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Arranged like a Surf Raiders instro, this is tribal and rich, with a very strong lead riff and gloriously simple and haunted backtrack. This is highly original and emotional, and connects immediately!

Mr. Sheba dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The melody to "Mr. Sheba" has a Danny Amis feel to it, but does not sound at all like any of his bands. It's more like LA 1983 reverb and whammy. Very strong.

Surfside Strangler dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a slow and moody number, with liquid whammy chords and spooky organ. The tone and ambiance are well thought out. Some angular lines in harsh tone add an air of dementia. "Surfside Strangler" is decidedly dangerous, but has a hopeful underbelly.

iOK Karamba! dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tribal drums rumble along with the bass, and the fine melody line calls to you. The distant organ creates a misty feel, while the drums raise your blood pressure. I really like the overall affect of "iOK Karamba!."

Wampira dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Wampira" has a warm melody, a stompy beat, and an almost frat rock structure. Its different from the rest here, yet is clearly The OK Kings. Throughout the track, crowd sounds wash over the track.

Street Fightin' Surfer dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Updated from the 1995 track, "Street Fightin' Surfer" has a more delicate sound and purer structure. Muted guitar and liquid chords. It's equally good, and quite differently arranged.

Don't Touch My Surfboard dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Don't Touch My Surfboard" is an update to the 1995 version, and the cleaner sound and richer tone give it an edge. The moody melody line and dry muted rhythm guitar create a delicate wash over tribal drums. This track grows on you.

Weepin' Surfer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big twang and rockin' drums deliver a classic AABA b-side rocker with charm and a rootsy feel. "Weepin' Surfer" has a circular melody riff, and is all fun!