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The Trashmen - Live In Spaindotdotdotdotdot
artworkWow! What a cool release! The legendary Minneapolis surfband recorded live in Spain in 2008. This album is a digital-only release through iTunes. Listening to this set, you'd barely guess that 45 years have past! I think the Sundazed scoop says what needs to be said:

In 1963, The Trashmen achieved a landmark of cultural transcendence when they committed the immortal garage anthem "Surfin' Bird" to vinyl, capturing two and a half minutes of inspired, unhinged abandon that's never been matched in rock 'n' roll. The song climbed to Number Four on Billboard's national Hot 100, and became a massive hit in Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Australia and Sweden.

In 2008, onstage in Spain, the remarkably durable combo (with three-fourths of its original lineup intact) blasted through that seminal classic and a passel of vintage nuggets as if the ensuing four and a half decades had never happened. This high-energy live set, which features an appropriately insane "Surfin' Bird," along with the Trashmen classics "Bird Dance Beat" and "King of the Surf," and the band's distinctive takes on such standards as "Money," "Ghost Riders In The Sky," "Ubangi Stomp," "Miserlou," "High School Confidential" and "Louie, Louie (the last two featuring guest appearances by Eddie Angel and Johnny Rabb of The Neanderthals). All of them are performed with the same good-naturedly demented intensity that continues to endear The Trashmen to fans around the world.

So, what are you waiting for, Santa Claus?
Picks: Malaguena, Baja, Bad News, (Ghost) Riders In The Sky, Miserlou

Track by Track Review


Malaguena dotdotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Yikes! The Trashmen created the definitive surf arrangement of Ernesto Lacuona's great song. Only stereo and an audience sets the 1963 track apart from this recording. Fiery, infectious, and must-have! Whew!

Baja dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Lee Hazelwood song made famous by the Astronauts was cut in 1964 by these lads. It's very good. They retained its moderate tempo to great effect. Pure surf.

Bad News dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Bad News" is a variation on "Church Key," as was also known as "Bird Bath" when they recorded it back in the day. This is classic Trashmen - the real deal!

(Ghost) Riders In The Sky dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Stan Jones classic western song always pleases. This is the same arrangement as The Trashmen used in '63. Double picked sections, big twango, and lots of cool surf.

Miserlou dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a solid capture of the splash and groove of The Trashmen's 1963 cut. Great tone, dribbling double picked glissandos and guitar lines, and great chemistry!