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The Ziggens - Pamona Lisadotdotdotdot
artworkThis CD has one of the best titles in a while! This band just keeps getting to be more and more fun. Like an inverted fluffy version of Brazil 2001, the Ziggens strain their strong surf sensibilities through pop-n-roll, and extoll that beach blanket mentality that only a California band of surfers can create. It was produced by ex-Cars bassist Elliott Easton, who also appears here and there. The Ziggens are Bert Susanka, Brad Conyers, Jonathan Poutney, and Dickie Ziggen. One has to wonder if Elliot Easton is joining the band, or what.
Picks: Surfin' Buena Park, Surfin' You Say?, Can't We Just All Get A Longboard?, Goin' Richter, Stranded On Chicken Island, Hang On, The Spy Who Dubbed Me

Track by Track Review


Surfin' Buena Park dotdotdotdot
Aggro Surf (Instrumental)

This is a demo version of one of the Ziggens' more bipolar songs. It opens as a reggae based floater, descending into a faster big surf guitar rage, and eventually producing a speedy glissando. The melody is catchy, partly because it's reminiscent of War's "Low Rider," and partly because it's so edgy and tight.

Surfin' You Say? dotdotdotdot
Aggro Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fluffy afternoon tune, breezily drifting through the palm fronds. It's funny, but it's so cool, that the "da da da" chorus even works. It has a Latin edge, and very pretty melody. This track includes Elliott Easton on string bass.

Can't We Just All Get A Longboard? dotdotdot
Punk (Instrumental)

Noisy punk grind progression instro, feedback, super-distorted, ugly Blue Cheer rock, without the charm Dark and menacing, in a skate thrash way. No melody, just chord assault.

Goin' Richter dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A pretty cool surf instro awaits within the little silver bumps of this track. Right from the double picked intro, it bounces right along. It is melodic, energetic, snappy, happy, and infectious. Nice job! It even has that Surf Trio edge, plus a happier more melodic dance in your pants kinda feel. Vince Meghrouni plays sax.

Stranded On Chicken Island dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a nice rock instro, with a sorta surf melody line, but with muddy sound. It's interesting and pleasant, but not particularly remarkable.

Hang On dotdotdotdot
Aggro Surf (Instrumental)

Owing a lot to "Endless Summer" (Sandals), this is very nice. It's faster than it's inspiration, and features almost mariachi horns. Guitar is added by Elliott Easton. A fine summery tune, with ample edge, and infectious rhythms.

The Spy Who Dubbed Me dotdotdotdot
Spanish Psychedelic Surf (Instrumental)

Speedy big guitar grind, dark and brooding, dramatic and mean. It opens with threatening chords and sustain, and bargain basement psychedelic drama, before dropping onto a howling mid tempo tune with a haunting melody line, and a fine magnetic melody line. There's a Spanish surf feel, and an infectious twang. I like this a lot.