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Ronnie and his Twanging Little Fellow - Ronnie and his Twanging Little Fellowdotdotdot
artworkThe band name surely doesn't lead you to expect the very heavy, rockin', lumbering, psycho-surf madness that is Ronnie and his Twanging Little Fellow. Some really cool tracks here, and definitely not your father's surf!
Picks: Los Stinks, Surf and Let Jive, Strawberry Plunger, Vincent's Surprise, Who's Your New Girlfriend, Secret Jam, Dick Tracy, Reptile, Cows and Bells, Surfin Fuzz

Track by Track Review

Los Stinks dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Big rock tone and intensity, with tuff drums and thunder bass. "Los Stinks " is a tortured rocker with relentless energy and drive.

Surf and Let Jive dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

"Surf and Let Jive " features thick, edgy tone and intense power. It's a very big number, with a rather engaging ska middle with more delicate tone via keyboard. Heavy, melodic, and very tuff.

Strawberry Plunger dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

"Strawberry Plunger " is mostly an organ instro with a solid guitar riff behind, and guitar bridges. partly heavy, partly post Stax-Volt rock, and quite gritty.

Fat Man Twist dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Tremolo throbbed crunchy guitar with Frankie Rodriguez organ (Question Mark and The Mysterians). This is a lumbering blueser in rock tone.

Vincent's Surprise dotdotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Spy Crunch (Instrumental)

"Vincent's Surprise " is a giant psychedelic spy epic with no shortage of coolness. Lots of variation, some simply wonderful guitar weirdness, and a thick sound. It's like Link Wray tremolo madness in an acid haze, and there are Link Wray lines here and there. I absolutely LOVE this!

Who's Your New Girlfriend dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Big rock grind with a soaring melody line. "Who's Your New Girlfriend " is full and modern, with deluxe shallow whammy. This is a heavy duty number with a serious rock instro sound.

Secret Jam dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Feedback grumbles and organ sounds like it's 1969, then in comes tremolo guitar playing a haunted melody line. "Secret Jam " is large, thick, and dangerous. Tribal drums, undulating bass, and a psychedelic edge.

Dick Tracy dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

The Ventures' "Dick Tracy" is done in a heavier mode than I've heard before. Lumbering, throbbing, moody, and mean. The tremolo organ break and pick slides are quite cool. The pumping keys remind me a bit of "Don't Split It" from The Subway Sect. It's not gritty like that, but keys do have a similar groove.

Reptile dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Booming bass and tremolo danger ooze from the lumbering "Reptile." Heavy and thick, with dark tone and gloomy thunder.

Secret Recipe dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

A cycling guitar riff drives above heavy bass lines and drums. Very thick!

Cows and Bells dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

You can never have too much cow bell, or so the saying goes. "Cows and Bells" is an easy flowing, melodic cruncher with dirty glissandos and a fine melody riff. This is quite large, but where is the cow bell?

Psykotronic Countdown dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

A blend of b-movie sci-fi stuff, dangerous tremolo, and evil tone. Some familiar connections to the black and whites.

Surfin Fuzz dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

The title tells the tale. Very dark, kind of punky, and very dangerous. Some of the guitar lines remind me of Jimmy Redgate (GT Stringer). Dig the shore break!