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Snake-Out - Golliwobblers From Helldotdotdotdot
artworkThis is the first album from Royal Oak, Michigan's original surfabilly bad boys, issued in 1985. It is also their best recorded work. Leader and visionary (if that word applies) Len Puch was miles ahead of the lo-fi curve. He was very involved in the documenting of other local bands, and was at the beginning of the Michigan surf scene. Their vocals were nothing less than inventive and demented. Their instro were often just as weird. Snake-Out were Len Puch - guitar and vocals, Tim Reagan - drums and yelps, and Greg Mitchell - bass.

They may well have been just as obscure in their own are as they are in the scene at large. Once, while in Ann Arbor, Michigan on business, I asked the local "hip" buyer at one of the coolest college district indie shops if he had any of their material. It was only 7 years after their passing. He had never heard of them. That scene was repeated at several other trendy shops. Very interesting, and well worth the hunt required.
Picks: Fat Lisa, Cruncher

Track by Track Review


Soultrain dotdotdot
Rodeo Surf (Instrumental)

Glissandos, rodeo stomp shout & whistle beat, progression rhythm, and a surfy guitar lead. Not much to hang your hat on, but screamingly good time mechanical bull music.

Fat Lisa dotdotdotdot
Lumbering Surf (Instrumental)

Floating lumbering surf, injected with lowdown observations of "Fat Lisa." The shear size and pace of the bass lines say all that is required about the subject. Hilarious.

Floydmaster Stomp dotdotdot
Stompabilly (Instrumental)

Stomp on demand progression back room rockabilly, devoid of melody, but not lacking in energy or fun.

Cruncher dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big chord oceanic visions give way to a whammied surfabilly lead guitar and a fast paced track, with images of tribal danger and the chaos of the soup at the jetty during a thunderstorm. Evil and confused.