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The Surfin' Gorillas - The Return Of...dotdotdot
artworkThe Surfin' Gorillas go down the path of mid-fi garage surf, with bass on the right and highs on the left, garagy distortion, and edge reminiscent of a smoother version of the Milkshakes surf sessions.
Picks: Bat Man, Misirlou, Save The Waves (Mysteron's Revenge), Rumble, Jack The Ripper, Banzai Washout, Ace Of Spades, Lowdown, Cafe Exotica

Track by Track Review


Bat Man dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

As goofy as Neil Hefty's "Bat Man" is, the Surfin' Gorillas are able to make it fun and engaging. Samples and that relentless riff make for unpretentious coolness.

Misirlou dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The rhythm is the thing as the Surfin' Gorillas tackle "Misirlou." Based on the Dick Dale and his Del-tones single arrangement, this is gutty, but less edgy.

Save The Waves (Mysteron's Revenge) dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Well, now, finally someone covers Canada's Surfdusters! "Save The Waves (Mysteron's Revenge)" is very nicely done, with big twang and tribal drums, as well as the rolling riffage that the Surfdusters' write so well.

Rumble dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a moderately edgy version of Link Wray's signature song. It's relentless progression toward the danger down the ally is well defined.

Jack The Ripper dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The extreme danger and drama of Link Wray's "Jack The Ripper" is well developed and darkly throbbing. Powerful and primitive, like a field recording in the backwoods where Link's sound evolved. Excellent!

Banzai Washout dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I can't say that I've heard a more garagy cover of Steve Douglas's grand excursion "Banzai Washout." Tuff and aggressive with hard edges and big chords, and great drum work.

Ace Of Spades dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another Link Wray exercise in danger, "Ace Of Spades" has long been ripe fodder for the British garage bands. Heavy and jagged, it rips and charms, and portrays darkness ahead.

Lowdown dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Champs' cool "Lowdown" gets a back ally treatment, and wit the added horns, retains a vintage feeling. Very nice!

Cafe Exotica dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This groovy jazz-beat number is Clive Osborne's tribute to the beat generation, I think. Simple and bongo-cool.