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Susan and the SurfTones - Spanish Wave Pitstopdotdotdotdot
artworkAfter almost a decade trying to get Susan Yasinski into the Pit at KFJC, she finally made it on September 27, 2003. This is the record of that show. It was well worth the wait! Susan likes to alternate covers and originals to keep a comfortable place for the fans. Susan was backed by Avery, Matt, and Dan.
Picks: Pipeline, Stinger 67, Baja, Sunburn, Walk Don't Run, Tiki Kiki, Tequila, Tramp, Rumble, Blue Hammer 99, Penetration, Leopard Spots, Raw Hide, Nina's Empty Glass, Blue Moon, Spanish Wave, My Generation

Track by Track Review


Pipeline dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Chantays' surf archetype "Pipeline" opened the show. Susan's guitar used a blend of aggressive edge and finesse to drive this song home. Giant whammy chords add to the power curve, and the keys add a kind of haunting ambiance. The drums and bass rocked solidly below the classic melody.

Stinger 67 dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Stinger 67" features a fine melody riff and powerful rhythm section. The subtle organ slithers just below the surface like shark occasionally showing its dorsal fin. Way cool live!

Baja dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Susan Yasinski's hard driving sound p[laces this version of Lee Hazelwood's classic "Baja" somewhere between the Packards and Link Wray. The rhythm section support her well here. The low-down and gritty approach and tuff and punchy sound make this a nice departure from the usual cover of the Astronauts hit.

Sunburn dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Sunburn" is simple, dramatic, and uplifting song. Powerful, yet jammin' in a moving sorta way. Some cool licks lie within.

Walk Don't Run dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Ventures version is toughened up as Susan and the SurfTones make it sound like Link Wray wrote it. A powerful take.

Tiki Kiki dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Tiki Kiki" is a particularly cool tune with a solid riff and lots of power, plus a very powerful bridge. The organ floats under the guitar's edge quite effectively. Solid drum work and grumbly bass complete the scene.

Tequila dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Tequila" becomes a thrash epic with huge edge and the splash dampened. The dry aggression and playful keys are matched by rumble and pound from the rhythm section. Passionate and fun.

Tramp dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Tramp" sports lots of organ and guitar grind in a frat grind format. Solid power, and a riff that commands attention. The balance between the guitar and organ is quite nice.

Rumble dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The influence from Link Wray turns into downright worship as Susan and the SurfTones power this fine classic. The whammy chords are too much! Great cover!

Blue Hammer 99 dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Blue Hammer 99" has been a fave for a while. This performance is top notch, and the mix fine too. Moody keys under the edgy lead guitar, and solid grumble from the bass and drums. Big, effective, and very cool!

Penetration dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a solid rendition of the Pyramids' classic. The character is more powerful than the original, but the arrangement is nothing special. Good track, but does not stand out.

Leopard Spots dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Leopard Spots" sports a quirky riff dominated melody that has an interesting character. Intricate fun with this circular song.

Raw Hide dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Link Wray's "Raw Hide" is driven really hard by Susan and the SurfTones. If I had to guess (and I don't), I'd say Susan was heavily influenced by the Linkster! Gritty and powerful.

Nina's Empty Glass dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Nina's Empty Glass" is a very happy song, with warm slides up to joyous chords and a romping rhythm track. The keys are very endearing over Susan's gritty rhythm guitar. This endearing track captures you and won't let go!

Blue Moon dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very nice arrangement of the old Marcels hit. Playful and bouncy, and just maybe the best cover of this highly melodic old vocal standard anywhere. An inspired performance.

Spanish Wave dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Spanish Wave" features a Spanish melody line, and plenty of energy. This was the highlight of the performance, in my opinion. Lots of flair and energy, and a very attractive power surge, like Link Wray on the breakers. I love this!

My Generation dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Stompin' chompin' grumblin' guitar-organ dueling carries off an interesting cover of the Who's "My Generation." What a way to close the show. Thrash and power, splash and flash!