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The Untamed Youth - Minor Chaosdotdotdot
artworkThis set focuses on Untamed Youth's vocal material, with only three instros, all of which are not up to their most rousing standard.
Picks: Pabst Blue Ribbon, Minor Chaos, Sea and Shore

Track by Track Review


Pabst Blue Ribbon dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Pabst Blue Ribbon" is really the Original Surfaris' stomper "Moment Of Truth" with a bit of "Church Key" thrown in for disguise. It is not as punchy as later Untamed Youth recordings, but rather is more frat-like. Still, it's a butt mover and a solid surf track.

Minor Chaos dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I was hoping "Minor Chaos" would be a real screamer, like their version of "The Hearse." It's not. The guitars are relatively dry, and there's none of the energy and pound of their other surf material, or either of the originals by Minneapolis legends the Treasures and/or Steve Rowe and the Furys. Coming up short of their usual surf standard does not mean it's not a good listen.

Sea and Shore dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This version of "Sea and Shore" is less powerful than many of the Untamed Youth's instros, but it is a very solid rendition. Excellent tone and vintage appeal, but not really remarkable.