Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Sadies - Tales Of The Rat Fink (OST)dot
artworkHere's the deal. This has all been done before by the Flat Duo Jets, and with much more interesting results. Some mono, some stereo, and almost all very murky (read bad) sound, including some distortion. Lots of these songs are very short sequence pieces, giving them no time to develop into songs and employ arrangements. There a a couple of OK tracks, but IMHO, this is mostly completely dismissible.
Picks: The 3-B, The Horseshoe, The Borderline, The Hide Out, The Starlight, The Times Change, The North Star, The Matador, The Crocodile, The Westminster, The Hi-Jinx, The Pyramid, The Ship & Anchor, The Red Room, The Mohawk, The Continental, The Solar Culture, The Corktown, The Beach Land, The Bug Jar, The Bottom Of The Hill, The Milky Way, The 400, The Side Track, The Black Sheep, The Double Wide

Track by Track Review


The 3-B dotdotdot
Soundtrack Surf (Instrumental)

You won't walk away humming this, but "The 3-B" is loaded with energy and murky twang. Simplicity in surf-style riff rock with bongos, fast and somewhat dramatic.

The Horseshoe dotdot
Soundtrack Rockabilly (Instrumental)

Archetypal rockabilly twang and thumpin' upright bass, with bar room piano. Quite fun, but fairly nondescript.

The Borderline dotdotdot
Soundtrack Surf (Instrumental)

Spooky organ and dangerous chords ring out an image of a desolate spaghetti western. Dramatic and visual, but not memorable.

The Hide Out dotdot
Soundtrack Surf (Instrumental)

Cowboy twang romps like an interloper at a barn dance. Short and fitting for a sequential soundscape, but far from a song.

The Starlight dotdot
Soundtrack Surf (Instrumental)

Goofy in an echoed surf meets cheesy adult guitar stuff from the fifties. It's a take off on the Three Suns without the charm.

The Times Change dot
Soundtrack Surf (Instrumental)

"The Times Change" is a rockabilly guitar boogie shuffle stereotype. Unremarkable and murky.

The North Star
Soundtrack Surf (Instrumental)

This is all distorted and crappy sounding. Under the murk lies a very short nothing.

The Matador dot
Soundtrack Surf (Instrumental)

"The Matador" plays out on a very low string while a very boomy fake stereo sounding backtrack tries to pump. Completely dismissible.,

The Crocodile
Soundtrack Surf (Instrumental)

Like a version of "40 Miles Of Bad Road" with the melody removed, "The Crocodile" tries too hard to be cool, but it's lost in distorted low quality sound, while too-short structure is essentially its saving grace.

The Westminster dotdot
Soundtrack Surf (Instrumental)

This might be developable into a surf instro, but at thirty-six seconds, it's gone before it has begun. Bongos, double picked guitar, and whammy.

The Hi-Jinx
Soundtrack Surf (Instrumental)

Extra dumb "monster" noises introduce a track that sounds like it was played in Cleveland with microphones set up in Akron. Short and murky - pure trash.

The Pyramid dot
Soundtrack Surf (Instrumental)

A nearly surfable backtrack runs beneath a terribly murky wash on bad production and a set of long "notes" that sound like little more than a cow with indigestion.

The Ship & Anchor
Soundtrack Surf (Instrumental)

Goofy accordion and assorted instruments, cheesy space age pop elements, and unbelievably contrived arranging. Thank goodness it's so short.

The Red Room dot
Soundtrack Surf (Instrumental)

This is a basic blues'n'roll jam with dreadful boomy ambient sound. It passes quickly, thank you.

The Mohawk dotdotdot
Soundtrack Surf (Instrumental)

With the makings of a decent instro, this double picked number almost makes it, but the sound is boomy crappy and it never develops beyond repetition.

The Continental dotdotdot
Soundtrack Surf (Instrumental)

The melody and idea is very solid, and the cowboy beat running beneath the reverbed whammy and surf riffs gives "The Continental" an adventurous edge. A bit of spaghetti western drama and surf charm. It needs more fleshing out to avoid being lost in the repetition haze.

The Solar Culture dotdotdot
Soundtrack Surf (Instrumental)

Horridly crude sound and echoed guitar playing an endless noodly jam holds back a basically cool backtrack with a cool beat and progression that remind me somewhat of King Of Hawaii, but without the chemistry.

The Corktown dot
Soundtrack Surf (Instrumental)

Cozy Cole drums, a narrated story, and nothing else. Once the voice goes away, it becomes like a Flat Duo Jets track with bass, only murkier.

The Beach Land dotdot
Soundtrack Surf (Instrumental)

Liberated surf licks from the pen of others in way too much reverb to understand would nonetheless be an engaging surf instro if it were recorded somewhere besides a gym.

The Bug Jar dot
Soundtrack Surf (Instrumental)

Goofy guitar turned into mosquito buzz by too much reverb plays above a faux exotica backtrack. It's almost as if wants to be a surfadelic piece, but doesn't rise above cheesy ghost tale.

The Bottom Of The Hill dotdot
Soundtrack Surf (Instrumental)

Dreadful boomy sound and the kernel of a cool instro played with throbbing tremolo, but with such a short track time, it is unchanging verse to verse.

The Milky Way
Soundtrack Surf (Instrumental)

Way too much echo and warehouse ambiance to be cool, and at just a few seconds, it's gone before it arrives.

The 400 dot
Soundtrack Surf (Instrumental)

"The 400" sounds like Tony Joe White without Tony. Awash in 'verb and murk, it's like the sound in the bathroom at the bar.

The Side Track
Soundtrack Surf (Instrumental)

Stupid monster noises and screeching tires, boomy sound, and a jam structure... "The Side Track" is relatively unchanging and not interesting either.

The Black Sheep
Soundtrack Surf (Instrumental)

A narrative and a slow fuzz ballad languish in a thin ambient sound. Could easily be developed, but as is, "The Black Sheep" goes nowhere.

The Double Wide dotdot
Soundtrack Surf (Instrumental)

Not more than riff rock, and with such murky sound and cheesy bongos, "The Double Wide" is just not very interesting. That's too bad, because the melody and idea could easily be developed into a very cool instro.