Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Palookaville - STdotdotdot
artworkThere's not really any surf here from a sound perspective, but Palookaville do a couple of surf music classics in their grimy sixties frat rockin' R&B way, including "Let's Go Trippin'," "Let's Go," and one hell of a cool reinvention of Sandy Nelson's "Casbah."
Picks: Sticky, Take It Off, Bogatini, Black Widow, Everybody Outa Da Pool, Cold Slaw, Drums A Go-Go, Where's Chico?, It, Texas Twister, Greeazzy, Run Chicken Run, Loose Ends, Let's Go, Casbah, Spunky Onions, Riot City, Let's Go Trippin'

Track by Track Review


Sticky dotdotdot
Combo R&B (Instrumental)

"Sticky" is a raucous R&B rave with snappy guitar and organ grinding. A rock solid beat and pumping bass round out this number. There's a few lines inspired by "Comin' Home Baby" in the break.

Take It Off dotdotdot
Combo R&B (Instrumental)

This is classic fifties Las Vegas grind stuff. It's much grittier and gutty than The Genteels original.

Bogatini dotdotdot
Combo R&B (Instrumental)

Cheesy and gimmicky, with a chorus and comb, and great drums. There's a nod to the go-go sound of the strip, and whirling organ too.

Black Widow dotdotdot
Combo R&B (Instrumental)

Link Wray and his Raymen's grode "Black Widow" gets a rousing twango arrangement. The addition of keys makes it very much a Vegas rocker. Pretty cool!

Everybody Outa Da Pool dotdotdot
Combo R&B (Instrumental)

A circular guitar riff and plinking piano, party shouts, and an R&B groove. No melody, just a relentless part progression.

Cold Slaw dotdotdot
Combo R&B (Instrumental)

Booker T to a tee! the organ and Stax-Volt sound reign. Infectious and fun.

Drums A Go-Go dotdotdot
Combo R&B (Instrumental)

This is a big and trashy rendering of the Paul Buff/Sandy Nelson composition that first saw the light of day by The Hollywood Persuaders. Raucous and dirty. Great drums!

Where's Chico? dotdotdot
Combo R&B (Instrumental)

"Where's Chico?" is a slow moving soul groove in the riff tradition of the early sixties. The drums rule!

It dotdotdot
Combo R&B (Instrumental)

This is a fast pumping and fun track with serious energy and spunk. It doesn't really go anywhere, as most such tracks don't combo R&B numbers don't, but it has a great deal of fire.

Texas Twister dotdotdot
Combo R&B (Instrumental)

Grumbly bass opens "Texas Twister," which features superb drums. The two drive off each other as the dominant feature of the track. The keyboard melody is a curious riff that's catchy and fun. Lots of energy here! the organ riff is nearly the same as "Drums A Go-Go" in places. Cool track.

Greeazzy dotdotdot
Combo R&B (Instrumental)

A circling guitar riff and Jimmy Reed bass line hang out with organ and spunky drums. It's pretty repetitious, but fun.

Run Chicken Run dotdotdot
Combo R&B (Instrumental)

Heavy dark chunka chunka monkeys with Link Wray and his Raymen's classic. The plinking piano is very fifties. Serious fun, grode grimy sound, and spunk. Real back alley sound.

Loose Ends dotdotdot
Combo R&B (Instrumental)

Whistling organ and hand claps give "Loose Ends" a kind of Jimmy Smith sound. Soulful and greasy, and pretty repetitious.

Let's Go dotdotdot
Combo R&B (Instrumental)

This is a grode reworking of the Routers' "Let's Go." Spunk and single-like energy, and a relentless pace. As fun as the original.

Casbah dotdotdotdot
Combo R&B (Instrumental)

This is a very toned down version of Richard Podolor's great "Casbah." Don't let that stop you. It features some superbly twisted guitar work, great drums, and a lot of energy. The rhythms are just right, and the guitar lines very well played. Mostly, the toned down nature is due to the mix I think. I like this a lot!

Spunky Onions dotdotdot
Combo R&B (Instrumental)

This is very Los Straitjackets/Eddie Angels like in its approach. There's a chorus and occasional declarations of the title. Great drums and bass.

Riot City dotdotdot
Combo R&B (Instrumental)

Raw and rippin' frat rock style R&B with no letup in drive. It's all about the angst. Shouts and screams and distorted grime.

Let's Go Trippin' dotdotdot
Combo R&B (Instrumental)

Dick Dale and his Del-tones' very first instro from August of 1961 is done with no surf feel at all. "Let's Go Trippin'" ends up feeling like a Vegas strip jam. The chorus goes off on the lyrics to The Rivingtons' 1962 frat party classic "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" (written by Carl White, Al Frazier, Sonny Harris, and Turner Wilson Jr.). Shouts and raw sound. It's interesting to hear it translated this way.