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The Rebel Rousers - War Paint c/w Fat Man's Walkdotdotdot
artworkThis 1961 single arrived at the birth of surf, and it displays some of the beginning ideas. It has solid melody riffs on both sides, and its well written. The recording is a little low key, but beneath that you can easily imagine a rockin' early surf romp.
Picks: War Paint, Fat Man's Walk

Track by Track Review


War Paint dotdotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

"War Paint" is all about the Indian tom toms and a delicate Indian melody. This is a lot nicer than I expected, and seems to be poised to join the surf ranks - it is 1961 after all. Cool drums and a fine melody, and even an interesting break. It's on the gentle side, recorded quietly, but it is nonetheless excellent.

Fat Man's Walk dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A walking bass line under a "Bulldog" kinda riff with infectious chops and soft appeal, "Fat Man's Walk" is really quite nice. The dribbling double picking in the break leaves it on the bluff overlooking the surf.