Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Surfin' Dead - Powertwangdotdotdot
artworkI don't know if this is the same band that issued an album in the eighties. This is an all-instro CD produced & engineered by P. Paul Fenech, so it has that Meteors sound. It's a surprisingly interesting surfabilly album.
Picks: Drums A Go Go (Al Don't Surf), The Pop Killer Cometh, Driller, Slow Poison, The Savage, We Love The Gore Girls (The Bikini Beach Massacre), Fire Picker, Dead Surfers Tell No Tales, The 1,000 lb Bee, The Missing Link, Mission Impossible Theme

Track by Track Review


Drums A Go Go (Al Don't Surf) dotdotdot
Machine Gun Go Go Guitar (Instrumental)

Al Capone: ."..you get a a lot more done with a kind word and a gun than with a kind word alone." The Paul Buff / Hollywood Persuaders' go go tune, but no organ (thank goodness) and much bigger sound. Machine guns rattle your brains while the band plays on.

The Pop Killer Cometh dotdotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

Rockabilly rhythms and a simple progression, but just infectious enough to keep your attention.

Driller dotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

Michelle Hell yells profanity and the song is a bit like "Pop Killer" but doesn't hold the interest.

Slow Poison dotdotdotdot
Rockabilly Surf Punk (Instrumental)

"Pipeline"-ish rhythm a la Johnny Thunders with a speedster lead guitar and glissandoes and compressed attack. Quite a nice number.

The Savage dotdotdot
Rockabilly Shadows (Instrumental)

The Shadows discover fuzz... big and nifty.

We Love The Gore Girls (The Bikini Beach Massacre) dotdotdot
Quirky (Instrumental)

A quirky number with wood blocks banging away and a light thin guitar sound. The girls scream during the imagined massacre. It's all too fun.

Fire Picker dotdotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

Spy fuzz - really cool track. Minimal Rockabilly progression, but nifty

Dead Surfers Tell No Tales dotdotdot
Whammy Surfabilly (Instrumental)

Surfy reverby rockabilly with a nice structure and a super simple melody accented with a bit of whammy action.

The 1,000 lb Bee dotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

Pedestrian cover of an over covered tune that wasn't all that interesting when it was new in the sixties.

The Missing Link dotdotdot
Evil Link Wray (Instrumental)

Not the Davie Allan tune, but a solid Link Wray tribute that's slow and evil - just like Link would want it.

Mission Impossible Theme dotdot
Soundtrack Rockabilly (Instrumental)

So-so cover of the TV theme...