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The Tall Boys - Funtimedotdotdot
artworkThe Tall Boys issued a couple of 12" singles and a mini album between 1984 and 1986, which are included here, along with the contents of a previously unreleased demo. Their pedigree is substantial. Bassist Nigel Lewis had been in the Meteors and the Escalators, before forming this band. He drafted ex-Meteors-Escalators bandmate Mark Robertson to drive the drum kit. Next, guitarist Woodie Taylor, also ex Meteors and Escalators and well as the Daleks and Fear, was brought in to complete the lineup. Woodie's sound and look didn't fit right, and he was soon replaced with James Alan, ex Girls At Our Best and Sex Beat. Besides their spirited rockabilly based psycho tracks, they recorded a fine cover of Johnny Fortune's "Dragster." This CD compiles the Wednesday Addams' Boyfriend mini album, the Final Kick 12" and 7" singles, and the Brand New Gun 12", plus the unreleased demo tracks.
Picks: Dragster, Instrumental

Track by Track Review

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Surf (Instrumental)

This is a romping cover of the Impact V's obscuro "Riptide," played full bore with the dwell set at 10.

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Psycho-surfabilly (Instrumental)

This is a riff-rock thing. It has a lead line, but seems more fitting as a backtrack than a standalone instro. It works ok, just not a standout.