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Surfin' Tapeworms From Venus - Chariots of Foam c/w Eskimo Surfdotdotdot
artworkWith a name like Surfin' Tapeworms From Venus, they had to be good. I think they were from Alaska. Their instro approach was somewhere between surf and eighties garage pop.
Picks: Eskimo Surf, Out Of Limits, Chariots Of Foam

Track by Track Review


Eskimo Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Eskimo Surf" sports an infectious melody, a rock edge, and cool almost xylophone-like keyboards. Nice arrangements, and very unusual writing combine to create a fresh and appealing sound. Almost dinner surf, maybe supermarket surf, but not in the negative way you might think of from that, but quite pleasant and very accessible. Fine track.

Out Of Limits dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Mar-Ketts classic tune, back from the dead like a discordant vampire in search of an abandoned neck. The ska backbeat and electric piano lead lines are very cool. It's a highly unusual treatment of this over covered tune. New Wave thumpy, TVOD pointed, and gnat irritating in a good way.

Chariots Of Foam dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Yup, this is the theme from "Chariots Of Fire" all decked out with a new wave guitar, electric piano, and prancing sensibility. You can just see them grinning while they dash this out. Completely fun.