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Link Protrudi and the Jaymen - Drive It Livedotdotdot
artworkThis CD was recorded live in Vinile, Italy in may of 1988. The tracks are from several shows, and the sound quality varies from super heavy good soundboard to less stellar soundboard. The performances are highly infectious and energetic, and the thematic post-Link band concept is well executed. Some fuzz, some surf, lots of garage.
Picks: Avalanche, Orbit, Chicken Choke, Hanky Panky, Bodacious, Slinky, Chaquita, Bandito, Mr. Guitar, Jack The Ripper, Psyclone, Commanche, Jaymen Twist, California Sun, Rawhide, Backfire, Bonus Track [Personality Crisis], Orbit, Dinosaur, Psyclone, Branded, Black Widow, The Shadow Knows

Track by Track Review


Avalanche dotdotdot
Garage Fuzzabilly (Instrumental)

Major poundy progression distorto grind, chunky, punky, infectious, and LOUD. Noisy intense grind.

Orbit dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Fuzzier, yet more surfy, this track has the structure of a post surf instro, and is about as hot as they come, performance wise. The melody is riff based, and the attack is superb. The original was by Paul Revere and the Raiders.

Chicken Choke dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

There's no Sterno needed to percolate the coffee bubba, just a few seconds of "Percolator Stomp." Excellent, thick, and very powerful.

Hanky Panky dotdotdot
Garage Fuzzabilly (Instrumental)

Just enough cool, and more than enough distortion. This is a fine whammied garagification of the Tommy James & the Shondells' hit from 30 years ago. The pace is accelerated, and the grode generator is turned up to 11. Cool track.

Bodacious dotdotdotdot
Garage Fuzzabilly (Instrumental)

Strongly Bo Diddley-ed cover of I Want Candy, with a ton of fuzz, and a huge selection of energy. Even the monitor feedback adds to the grode feel of this pumped in-your-face track.

Slinky dotdotdot
Garage Fuzzabilly (Instrumental)

Link Wray fuzz, walking bass, and a finger poppin' cool beat. Super simple highly effective track, intensely pushed into your living room, and thoroughly enjoyable. Ugly feedback, square wave distortion, and an almost beat generation coolness. Gradually fades out.

Chaquita dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This non-CD track rules with rhythm and power (surprise surprise). No limits to the thick and awesome energy of this nearly fanatical raver. A fine melody line and spectacular energy, with lots of reverb magic.

Bandito dotdotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

A fine rolling track, with real surf reverb, and a fine surf melody that playfully wanders through some Spanish territory and some beach front property. Cool and very visual. restrained and almost refined. Great track.

Mr. Guitar dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf riffology dripped over an open garage door in the rain, thick and mean, with a lumbering break and strong drum work. Shreddin' hard, eating sand for the pleasure.

Jack The Ripper dotdotdot
Garage Fuzzabilly (Instrumental)

It's hard to ruin Link Wray's best instro. There have been many variations on this tune, some close to the original, some with arrangements way out in left field. This is pretty trad, just a lot faster. The pound is the thing, along with the feedback. It's very short at 1:11, and totally aggressive.

Psyclone dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Funky bass lines, slow deliberate pace, and a surf dominated melody, complete with appropriate whammy and amble twang. This is a fine track, with spiffy guitar, and solid playing from bass and drums as well. Very nice.

Commanche dotdotdot
Garage Fuzzabilly (Instrumental)

Everyone seems to do this... it's a chord grinder progression tune with little melody, but lots of power. This is a dark and fuzzy grind cover.

Jaymen Twist dotdotdot
Garage Fuzzabilly (Instrumental)

Rockabilly boogie nights, riffin' fifties progression music, played with the pump-o-meter on 12. An obvious mosh pit mover.

California Sun dotdotdotdot
Garage Fuzzabilly (Instrumental)

The Rivieras were a lame band mostly, which was the reason they were a one-hit-wonder. master Protrudi and buds keep the thumpin' pumpin' part, take the fluff out, replace it with edge and angst, and deliver a killer powerhouse variation.

Rawhide dotdotdotdot
Garage Fuzzabilly (Instrumental)

Link Wray's well known monster, not the theme to the TV show. This is just plane huge. Intense, and completely pumped. The monitor feedback that appears in spots seems appropriate.

Backfire dotdotdot
Garage Fuzzabilly (Instrumental)

Progression riff tune, grungilly delivered, powered by fuzz and big chords.

Bonus Track [Personality Crisis] dotdotdot
Garage Fuzzabilly (Vocal)

Jeepers, Johnny Thunders / New York Dolls camp punk funk.

Orbit dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Fuzzier, yet more surfy, this track has the structure of a post surf instro, and is about as hot as they come, performance wise. The melody is riff based, and the attack is superb. The original was by Paul Revere and the Raiders.

Dinosaur dotdotdot
Garage Fuzzabilly (Instrumental)

Big guitar grunt, prehistoric progression dark ages knuckle dragger rompabilly. Sludge and trudge through the swamps of the Jurassic.

Psyclone dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Funky bass lines, slow deliberate pace, and a surf dominated melody, complete with appropriate whammy and amble twang. This is a fine track, with spiffy guitar, and solid playing from bass and drums as well. Very nice.

Branded dotdotdot
Garage Fuzzabilly (Instrumental)

Link Wray's classic, fuzzy reverbed, and progression dominated grind.

Pit Stop dotdot
Garage Fuzzabilly (Instrumental)

Almost Davie Allan like, but without the melodic sense. Chord progression monotony.

Black Widow dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Richie Podolor's incredible surf writing and guitar tones are evident in this no-Watchbanders-present track produced during the stormy relationship the Chocolate Watchband had with Ed Cobb, where Richie Podolor was on hand as a studio player and engineer. The mix is somewhat psychedelic, but the tune and his playing hearken back to his golden days in the studio surf scene. Great track!

The Shadow Knows dotdotdot
Garage Fuzzabilly (Instrumental)

Link Wray's tune, right down to the evil radio show introduction. Big, slow, plundering and thundering, and ominous as they come. Dark and brooding, chord driven depression.

Batman dotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

This instro is mostly filler, not interesting, just dissonant.