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The Surfin' Lungs - Let 'Em Eat Surfdotdotdotdot
artworkI have a soft spot for the the Surfin' Lungs. They continue to be the only current band doing surf vocals (interspersed occasionally with instrumentals) that I can stand, let alone like. Their sound and delivery is energetic, innocent, funny, and appealing. They are carrying on with the short-lived tradition that the Barracudas flirted with. The closer-to-the-truth lyrics of their California music vocals helps bridge the gap between the Beach Boys pap and the teenage angst of period youth. Songs like "Her Dad's A Jerk" say it like it was for the beach crowd of the sixties, with humor and reverence. The occasional instros they do are generally good as well.
Picks: Rockin' In Rameses' Tomb, Surf Taboo, Surfin' Chinese, Decoy, Munsters Theme, Gunfight At Waikiki

Track by Track Review

Rockin' In Rameses' Tomb dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This Middle Eastern based instro rocks right along with their slightly fast tempo and energy. It is a melodic spirited number with much appeal.

Surf Taboo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This great track seques into "Down At The B (beach) Club." It is rhythmic, spirited, melodic and fun. It is based on a solid and simple melody line and progression. This is among my most-often-played Surfin' Lungs tracks.

Surfin' Chinese dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Not as strong as Jon & the Nightriders "Surfin' Japanese," but with a similar intent. Oriental themes and surf.

Decoy dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This was a single B-side. It is a strong instro, with lots of energy and interest. I'm glad it finally found it's way to CD.

Munsters Theme dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A pretty normal version of this often surfed up TV theme, written by Jim Marshall.

Gunfight At Waikiki dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a cool song, with bits of spaghetti western, Hawaiian, and surf all mixed up together. It has a similar feel as Surfin' Dave & the Absent Legends' "Pistols At Dawn," but slightly more melodic. A good track.