Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Surf Me Up, Scotty - Music To Get Wiped Out Bydotdotdotdot
artworkWell now, there's some very adventurous surf on this CD, especially the psychedelic trance reinvention of "Mr. Moto." The disc was mixed from 4 tracks back in '99.
Picks: Jet Stream, Agent 72 Is Stuck In A Swamp, Mr. Moto, DespeRadO On The Beach, Supersonic Spy Sounds, Munsters, Mr. Moto

Track by Track Review


Jet Stream dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Cheesy sixties surf flick narration precedes the Breakers' obscure "Jet Stream" to set the stage. Lots of reverb twang on the right and swirling organ on the left. Vibrant and energetic, with an updated surf sound, which is accented by electronic sound effects.

Agent 72 Is Stuck In A Swamp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Vibrato throb pulses to simulate the murk of the swamp. Ringing chords, haunted danger, and swamp gas eeriness.

Mr. Moto dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Oriental chords introduce Paul Johnson's classic "Mr. Moto." This is among the most original covers of this song I've heard in quite a while. Rich and reverby, and a step away from the crowd.

DespeRadO On The Beach dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

There's a dark surf mood set by "DespeRadO On The Beach." Anti Vietnam war narration in places makes it more ominous in a retro political sort of way. It's a very repetitious piece.

Supersonic Spy Sounds dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lots of reverb and danger lurk in the spiraling tale told in "Supersonic Spy Sounds." This very moody and gradually advancing track is quite compelling. Big and dramatic. Strong bash chord accents in the beak.

Munsters dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Vic Mizzy silly theme from the TV show has been surfed up many times since it's first surf incarnation with the Shockwaves in the mid eighties. While not the most original or compelling, this may be the most haunted house sounding of all, and is surely an original arrangement.

Mr. Moto dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a thoroughly rethought version of "Mr. Moto," with a pulsing phase shifted trance-induced spaced out sound that's very original. If you like psych or trance at all, you'll find this is a perfect blend of surf and psychoacoustic irreverence.