Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The 31 Flavors - Hairdotdotdot
artworkPartly made up of tracks from The Firebirds "Light My Fire" LP, and partly songs from Hair made to be ugly, Hair does contain two bright spots from the world of loud and ugly. Probably Jerry Cole and friends.
Picks: Real Far Out, Distortions of Darkness

Track by Track Review


Free Fuzz
Psych (Instrumental)

"Free Fuzz" is an extract and extension of "Free Fuzz Gypsy Fire" from The Firebirds "Light My Fire" album. Clockwork dry chops and wannabe Blue Cheer guitar drive this seemingly long jam. "Free Fuzz Gypsy Fire" does not escape the jam, though it has a fairly appropriate ballroom sound for 1968. A long bass solo separates the front from the back.

Real Far Out dotdotdot
Psych (Instrumental)

Yeah baby, this is real far out... well almost. It's a loud and obnoxious blues jam in a we really want to be Blue Cheer way. No melody, just a few riffs, and lots of mindless blues progressions in extreme distortion and ugly tone. All that said, it could have been Blue Cheer at two in the morning at The Fillmore.

Free Drum dotdot
Psych (Instrumental)

Yup - a drum solo followed but more of the "Free Fuzz" track... neither inventive nor stands alone, but when reconstructed with the rest of the Free tracks, it's actually reasonably right for the period.

Distortions of Darkness dotdotdot
Psych (Instrumental)

Dirty filthy tone, long ugly feedback, and we really REALLY wannabe Blue Cheer. Imitation aside, this is about as dirty as it gets! Minimalist, two chord throb!