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artworkRobert Emmett is host of The Norman Bates Memorial Sound Track Show on Saturday mornings at 9 on KFJC. The show features all manor of sound track music, as well as music about movies and television, and covers of songs from movies. The Psychotronic Film Festival is a periodic event he puts on, wherein he hosts a slab of trailers, cartoons, instructional films, and a feature of the B-movie variety, all from public domain sources. His suppliers have been longtime fans of Surf's Up, so it seemed only natural to mix the two for a special event to be billed as Psychotronic Surf on June 17, 1995. It featured the classic sixties trash epoch For Those Who Think Young. For the surf fans, we added a performance by the Woodies.

The event would commingle trash movie buffs and surf fans and cartoon fans into a joyous house-filling mob. Every age group and economic strata would be represented... a truly tribal event. Psychotronic Surf was held in F12 on the Foothill College campus.

The Woodies were cheered mercilessly by a grateful crowd, and ended with a towering rendition of their spy masterpiece "Agent Woodrow," which netted them a thundering standing ovation. It was all too surreal.

Following the musical entertainment, Robert Emmett introduced the feature film For Those Who Think Young, starring Nancy Sinatra, Tina Louise, Bob Denver, and featuring truly lame performances by the Challengers. What a night!
Picks: Beatwood 6-5789, Mr. Moto, Latin'ia, Diamond Head, Bonanza, Agent Woodrow #1, Surfin' With Bernie, Penetration, Theme From The Munsters, The Swami, Taco Wagon, Mr. Rebel, Surf Battle, Little Dume, Miserlou, If It Swells (Ride It), Agent Woodrow #2

Track by Track Review


Beatwood 6-5789 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This perfectly delightful surf instro is written around a riff with an Indian motif beneath a slowed down "Point Panic" (Surfaris), giving it a familiar, yet fresh sound. The title is steeped in the double entendre mystique of the Woodies and tips a nod to the Shirelles' "Beachwood 6-5789."

Mr. Moto dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

It's always unsettling to hear Paul Johnson's classic "Mr. Moto" in full reverb regalia. The power of the writing allows so many arrangements to work, and the Woodies take full advantage. Total reverb chunk and sixties charm.

Latin'ia dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Woodies' classic chunk significantly changes the liquid effect of Tommy Nunes' most beautiful work. Oh, it sports all the Spanish shimmer and flow, but with the addition of the damped reverb chunk, it becomes ominous and mysterious. This is significantly more suave than the Summer Surf performance.

Diamond Head dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The double-tuff damped reverb of the woodies lends itself to chunking up Danny Hamilton's "Diamond Head," and the shimmer of the vibrato lead adds beauty to the power chunk. Sparkling.

Bonanza dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This magnificent version of the theme to "Bonanza" bows to the cowboy in us all. Major chunk cactus surf with rhythm and a rolling beat. Incredibly infectious!

Agent Woodrow #1 dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This first take sounds fine, but Rick wasn't happy with it, and this was the one he hoped would turn out best that night. They repeated it for an encore.

Surfin' With Bernie dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I recorded this live at Psychotronic Surf, a KFJC event I co-hosted with Robert Emmett. It was a variation on his Psychotronic Film Festival with a beach movie theme, a vintage beach flick, and lots of trailers and period TV ads, and a real surf band in the middle. This track shows off the live crunch the band possessed. Fine tight performance.

Penetration dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With their characteristic chunk, the Woodies transform the Pyramids' "Penetration" into liquid surf. Nicely done and severely reverbed. Way better than the performance at Summer Surf.

Theme From The Munsters dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Woodies' rhythm chunk is the perfect vehicle for this venerable TV theme. Not just fun, but grin inducing cool.

The Swami dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The mystery of "The Swami" is chunked out in this grand surf epic. It just oozes caravans of spice traders on the road to Morocco. Fast, powerful and melodic, this infectious shredder will make you bow to Mecca and pray for surf!

Taco Wagon dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dick Dale and his Del-tones' "Taco Wagon" is less Mexican polka and more surf chunk under the ownership of the Woodies. Chunks of liquid reverb.

Mr. Rebel dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Much chunkier than the Eddie and the Showmen original, and sporting a different kind of rhythmic power. Very nice.

Surf Battle dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This cover of the Lively Ones classic is different in character from the original, with the Woodies usual chunk in lieu of intensity. Excellent!

Little Dume dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This performance of "Little Dume" displays the magical infectious progression and liquid chords of this fine tune. Really strong writing and playing.

Miserlou dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The sound of the Woodies superimposed on this classic surf instro creates a fresh experience. Fire and ice cohabit within "Miserlou."

If It Swells (Ride It) dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"If It Swells (Ride It)" is an enduring and well written modern surf classic, sounding as if it's 1963 again. Melodic, chunky, and stormy, like the swells at Steamer Lane. Too cool.

Agent Woodrow #2 dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This amazing performance of one of surfdom's best spy epics will not be surpassed. The ultra chunk of the Woodies lays down a bed that Rick Escobar's shimmering lead can pour over like raspberry syrup over double fudge cake. Astoundingly rich and rhythmic!