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The Spaceneedles - S/Tdotdotdotdot
artworkGreat ooga-mooga! Members of several Seattle bands take some otherwise familiar songs into uncharted territory along with a handful of their own works. Wholly original arranging, combining surf and R&B and untidy dockside slither. Excellent.
Picks: Enchirito, The Pink Inspector, Springer, The Worm, Experiment In Terror, Drums A Go Go, Pimpline, Tidy Cat, Talk To Me Acropolis, Take It Off, Wide Load, The Creeper, Spare Ribs, Take It Off, Wide Load, Spare Ribs, The Worm - Revisited

Track by Track Review


Enchirito dotdotdotdot
Dark Surf Loungecore (Instrumental)

Tribal drums beat while the guitar (left) and sax (right) crank out a raspy in-sync run. The main body of the song is dark and brooding, like an evil version of "Moment of Truth." Heavy and pounding, with throaty bass and lots of power. Not really melodic, but very strong.

The Pink Inspector dotdotdot
Dark Surf Loungecore (Instrumental)

Henry Mancini's slithery "The Pink Panther Theme" is given new life in this ardently dark and raw honker. Jazzy, loud-rock edged, and slithery with charm and spunk.

Springer dotdotdot
Dark Surf Loungecore (Instrumental)

A deliberate chop-chord series brings on a flirty b ut dark bit of pomp and near-reggae. "Springer" is an intriguing song with a slice of the Caribbean and the smoke of an R&B club of a half-century ago, Saucy and emotional.

The Worm dotdotdotdot
Dark Surf Loungecore (Instrumental)

Evil feedback opens Buddy Merrill's long overlooked riff rocker. Heavy and pumping, as if Buddy could rock. Thick and dark, with great drums.

Experiment In Terror dotdotdotdot
Dark Surf Loungecore (Instrumental)

Another Henry Mancini song, covered in widely varying form by many others, ranging from the Ventures to Davie Allan and the Arrows. The Spaceneedles slow if way down to a dangerous crawl, which gives it a lot to fear. Moody and ominous to the max, "Experiment In Terror" gets a whole new lease on life. Very cool!

Drums A Go Go dotdotdotdot
Dark Surf Loungecore (Instrumental)

Great tribal drums, deliberate pacing, raw edge, moody sound, and a sultry feel abound in this great track. Long slow glissandoes and a slower pace create a sense of drama. Paul Buff and Sandy Nelson co-wrote "Drums A Go Go" in '66, spawning several versions between them, including under Sandy's own name, as well as Buff's studio project band the Hollywood Persuaders.

Pimpline dotdotdotdotdot
Dark Surf Loungecore (Instrumental)

If the Chantays' classic "Pipeline" was slowed to half speed, it would be very sludgy. The Spaceneedles did exactly that, making it over into a brilliant sludgefest. Pompous to the max, "Pimpline" (an apt renaming) is oh-so cool. I found myself grinning throughout.

Tidy Cat dotdotdot
Dark Surf Loungecore (Instrumental)

"Tidy Cat" is a squonky, slowish, and deliberate number with a moody sound and kind of lethargic joy. Fun, yet brooding like a late night walk in relative safety where you shouldn't be.

Talk To Me Acropolis dotdotdotdot
Dark Surf Loungecore (Instrumental)

Slithery and moody, "Talk To Me Acropolis" opens with haunting darkness, yielding to squonk and dark jazz slither. Great drums and aural impact.

Take It Off dotdotdotdot
Dark Surf Loungecore (Instrumental)

The Genteels' saucy "Take It Off" is driven into a dark jazz honker with heavy guitar. Edge, late night squonkin', and runway slither. Oozing Las Vegas with guts, the Spaceneedles do a very nice job of reinterpreting this obscuro.

Wide Load dotdotdot
Dark Surf Loungecore (Instrumental)

"Wide Load" is an oddly angular song with a riff-rock heart and pumped R&B round. Quite fun.

The Creeper dotdotdotdotdot
Dark Surf Loungecore (Instrumental)

Nasty fuzz guitar and raspy sax play the melody line as if they were there solely to darken Mel Taylor's heart. Drums and guitar chords borrowed from the Surfaris' "Wipe Out" break up the biker fuzz darkness. Totally cool!

Spare Ribs dotdotdot
Dark Surf Loungecore (Instrumental)

The suave of R&B and jazz, the soul of late night bar-closing, and the sturdy bass of your deepest emotions combine for a slithery ride down a blues-jam lane.

Take It Off dotdotdotdot
Dark Surf Loungecore (Instrumental)

The Genteels' "Take It Off" recorded live at the Crocodile in Seattle. Stompin' and pulsing with seductive runway magic.

Wide Load dotdotdot
Dark Surf Loungecore (Instrumental)

"Wide Load" is more interesting in some ways in this live setting. The arrangement is basically the same.

Spare Ribs dotdotdot
Dark Surf Loungecore (Instrumental)

The suave of R&B and jazz, the soul of late night bar-closing, and the sturdy bass of your deepest emotions combine for a slithery ride down a blues-jam lane. Live, "Spare Ribs" takes on a psychedelic bluesband sound that harkens back to the Fillmore and bands like Osceola.

The Worm - Revisited dotdotdotdot
Dark Surf Loungecore (Instrumental)

Evil feedback, big drums, nasty sax. Buddy Merrill's rocker is excellent in this reprise. Heavy and pumping, as if Buddy could rock. Thick and dark, with great drums.