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The Swiv-O-Matics - Music To Get Lucky By... Or... The Return Of The Fez-Mendotdotdot
artworkExtra crunchy east coast instro rock, with occasional surf feel, and lot's of post eighties drive, like the Long Riders or Smithereens live without the vocals.
Picks: Too Much Lasix, The Bare Naked Bed Dance, Metallic Blue Bikini, Royal Chicken To Go-Go, I'm Engaged, Return Of The Fez-Men, Pigeon Lung, Lumbago, Vitamin "G", Barbara Eden Roc, Rumble, Ode To Papa Joe, Mr. Lucky, God Rest Ye Merry, Gremmies

Track by Track Review


Too Much Lasix dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Heavy thundering rock instro, with the compressed fuzz riff rockin' guitar reverbed for a watery edge. Great drama and crunch, lots of drive, and a mean sound. It's very powerful, but the riff is not melodic enough.

The Bare Naked Bed Dance dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

The same riff that "Egyptian Surf" is based on is employed here, but the nasty guitar tone gives it an entirely new meaning, like a biker gang affair instead of a love scene. You might a feel for the track by imagining Huevos Ranchero in a harem, slowed down and cleaned up a bit. Excellent track.

Metallic Blue Bikini dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Chunk and pumped backtrack, with a good lead melody, and lot's of driven power. No real sense of waves or the beach, or even bikini clad lasses, but the reverb crash at the break, and the solid rumble are magnetic. Big guitar crunch and grind.

Royal Chicken To Go-Go dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is just about the first really different and cool variation on the chicken clucking guitar thing. The rhythm guitar does the chicken walk, while the lead plays a smooth backyard riff. It's a very suave piece, edgie yet playful.

I'm Engaged dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"I'm Engaged" has intense eighties feel to the intro, and a thick crunch to the rest. It's not melodic, and the crunch isn't enough to carry the riff for the whole length of the track.

Return Of The Fez-Men dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Intense whammy and big crunch, thick wall of tone, and a nifty riff combine to create a tune something like the Neptunes, but a little less percussive. It's the whammy that keeps it from being too much a backtrack. Quite cool.

Pigeon Lung dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Heavy thundering instro wall of intensity, with dramatic changes and a sense of darkness. It doesn't exactly have a melody, but the riff seems to work well enough with the changes keeping it from dropping into the backtrack category. An awful lot of one-note soloing keeps it from really shining.

Lumbago dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Funky groove chunk, with a jammin' feel and an edgie intensity. It gets to be too repetitive for my tastes fairly quickly, even though it's relatively unique.

Vitamin "G" dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Flamenco drama, intense power, and an exotic rhythmic drive, together with a somewhat middle eastern riff. I'm not sure there's much nutritional value in "Vitamin "G"," but there's certainly chunk value. Big and intrusive, like a less rhythmic interpretation of the same idea the Reactions used is "Frenzied."

Barbara Eden Roc dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Intensely powered fast paced riff rock with a cool sound and feel. What makes this work is the reverbed damped plucked second guitar, which gives it a big wave sense of adventure. It's a long dangerous and fast ride on a nasty curl. It tells the story of "Barbara Eden" less the cutesy eyes-closed cross armed magical commands. A solid track with great drums and pure jangle dripping from every corner.

Rumble dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Right from the first extra long sustained chord, you know that Link Wray and his Raymen's "Rumble" is going to be played out with big intense crunch. Thundering, nasty, and very cool. It's not a unique interpretation, but nearly every performance of this tune pleases. Quite nice, and at a mere 1:46, it's maybe even a bit too short.

Ode To Papa Joe dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Ode To Papa Joe" is an adventurous piece with an open future feel, somewhat like a road song, but with a little less rhythm than that generally requires. Pleasurable, with a tasty riff and a dramatic break.

Mr. Lucky dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Definitely not Mancini's tune. This is all about a Canadian stripper's gifts bestowed up the Swiv-O-Matics. Progressional, unaffected guitar, somewhat suave, and a little jazzy.

God Rest Ye Merry, Gremmies dotdotdotdot
Yule Rock (Instrumental)

I think the liner notes sum this up about as well as I could: "Jack Frost nipping at your nose? Jack Frost punch you in the eye? Happy holidays, punk! And stay off our gawdamn beach already!"