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The Trashmen - Surfin' Birddot
artworkSo, why one star? Because this Danish release is entirely from vinyl with surface noise, pops, clicks, and distortion included as a free bonus, while master tapes are not only readily available, but also entirely issued on CD from Sundazed. So, pass it by, unless you're a completist. It does contain two vital pre-Trashmen instros from Dal Winslow and Tony Andreason's band the Travelers, and the rare "Bird II."
Picks: Miserlou, Tube City, Malaguena, Bird Bath, Bad News, On The Move, Cyclon

Track by Track Review


Miserlou dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A softer sound than Dick Dale, but equally fiery. This shows off Tony Andreason's double picking prowess, and the solid sense of ensemble that this fine band reached. This is a very strong track.

Tube City dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an original tune with wonderful changes and intense delivery. Mostly fast and powerful, but the changes bring a slow pointed and stinging part waiting for the waves of accent. Marvelous. This has long been on my faves list. It is very infectious and powerful.

Malaguena dotdotdotdot
Flamenco Surf (Instrumental)

Ernesto Lacuona's great song, first turned into a surf classic by this Minneapolis band. It's a fiery infectious must-have track. Major energy and finesse. There is no finer flamenco surf than this. Infectious, rhythmic, powerful.

Bird Bath dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

When the ever nutso Trashmen decided to cover the Revels' "Church Key," they had to personalize it, like everything else they did. So, it became the demented "Bird Bath," with the gargling bird splashing in the water... The performance is hot, and the sound is pure surf.

Bad News dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Bad News" is a variation on "Church Key," as was also known as "Bird Bath." It's way faster, and much more frat-rock friendly. Highly spirited, and more demented than ever. Too fun!

On The Move dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a relatively postsurf instro, less melodic, more chord progression oriented, blues based, and lighter weight. While dryer, it still sports the rhythmic power of this band. A fine track.

Cyclon dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a pretty routine fifties styled rock instro from Jim Thaxton and the Travelers, more progression than melody, with a pumping piano, a walking bass line, and a thin lead guitar. It's pretty obscure, but not terribly interesting, except for it's historical significance as one of the precursors to the Trashmen with Tony Andreassen, Dal Winslow, and Steve Wahrer in the lineup.