Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Shindigs - Wolfman c/w Thunder Reef
|The Shindigs are really The Bobby Fuller Four in disguise. This double-a single is excellent. "Wolfman" was issued two years later as a Randy Fuller b-side.|
Picks: Wolfman, Thunder Reef
Track by Track Review
This is very similar to The Lonely Dragster, with Bobby's Wolfman Jack imitation overdubbed, and wolf baying added. It's pretty surfy, chunky, and moderately paced. It's a cool track, dripping the early sixties border radio days when Wolfman Jack was on XERB beaming into California (and on XERF and others along the border as well). Saturday nights, car radios were tuned to XERB, KRLA, KFWB, KHJ, KAFY, KFXM, or KGFJ, from which oozed out the surf, the rock, and the R&B that drove a generation.
Thunder Reef is a riff-rockin' surf instro, with not much reverb, and little melody. The stompin' sensibilities are dominant, and the rhythm is infectious. A fairly tame track over all.