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Speedball Jr. - For The Broad Mindeddotdotdotdot
artworkSpeedball Jr. play with unending intensity and volume. They are louder and harsher than Dick Dale these days. This is not your father's surf. For The Broad Minded is a complete energy drain. You may not be able to take it all the way through in one sitting. Aggressive, intense, and way over the top! the final track on the disc is a Christmas vocal called "Rudolph's Secret."
Picks: U69, Inferno, Orient Express, Laguna Beach, Scalped, What A Way To Run A Railroad, Suddenly Billy, El Camino, Caramba!, Pipeline, Le Chat Noir

Track by Track Review


U69 dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Dark and heavy, "U69" verges on ugly, while being compelling. Very rock-toned and surf based, it suggests the nineties-onward side of Dick Dale's career in its aggression and flying glissandos. Quite powerful.

Inferno dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

"Inferno" portrays dark skies ready to destroy you, but you just have to get that one last shortboard shredder in. Very powerful and aggressive.

Orient Express dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Once more, there's no let up in tension or anguish as Speedball Jr. hints slightly at Vic Goddard's "Don't Split It," easily his most intense work, where he similarly borrows slightly from "Born To Be Wild" in the break, and buries keys that just hint at their presence. Superbly aggressive and compelling.

Laguna Beach dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Treble Spankers' rockin' "Laguna Beach" is made very angular and shred-worthy, as if Dick Dale had written it. The muted lines and the heavy aggression, along with the ambulance references, make this a tuff track to follow.

Scalped dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Dick Dale's "Scalped" completes the nod to the King. Almost bigger than his, this track is a real power romp. Raw and intense.

What A Way To Run A Railroad dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

The intensity of "What A Way To Run A Railroad" is unmistakable and remarkably nerve wracking. There's a very high energy bridge that is lower power than the song, leaving you with a false sense of calm by contrast. In your mug and all consuming. It's hard to imagine, but this is bigger than Huevos Rancheros' original.

Suddenly Billy dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Whammy dips and dark assaults on your sanity aggressively charge through the monitors. Not one ounce of rest, and lots of demanding double picked shredding. Super-fast glissandos and hard charging chords complete the image. Yikes!

El Camino dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Even with a title like "El Camino" that is generally associated with more "fun" surf, Speedball Jr. rocks like this is their last song. With all knobs turned to eleven, this powers along without restraint. Great drums!

Caramba! dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

If the title is what you exclaim upon enduring the energy assault here, then it's a perfect title. It's not the least bit Spanish, but it sure powers its way through the night!

Pipeline dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

This is a loud and very chunky monsterization of Brian Carmen and Bob Spickard's classic. If Johnny Thunders had understood surf, he probably would have done this instead of how he mangled "Pipeline." Way cool!

Le Chat Noir dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

This uncharacteristically calm and soothing track comes none too soon. I'm worn out by the intensity, and "Le Chat Noir" is a welcome respite. haunting and dark and moody, and even, dare I say it with Speedball Jr., gentle! Really cool!