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Zorros Petardos Salvajes - Instromotor and Fuzzridersdotdotdotdot
artworkThis double CD couples their two albums for a powerful set of instrumentals. The Instromotor tracks are is dark, fuzzoidal, punky, heavy rock instrumentals with one foot on a surfboard and the other on a Harley! The Fuzzriders tracks infuse lots of jazz and other elements, and are generally much lighter, though they too have their heavy moments. A huge slab of great stuff.
Picks: The Wedge, Antrax, Detour, Ghostriders In The Sky, Autobomba, Man From U.N.C.L.E., Walk Don't Run, Shit Sandwich, China Guitar, Ramada, Lies, Pedazo De Pancho, Laguna, When You Walk In The Room, Moskito, Corona Del Mar, Canadian Sunset, Sen-Say-Shun, Dead Dog Bay, Theme From The Black Saddle, Cielos Del Sur, Jazzcats, Music To Watch Girls By

Track by Track Review


The Wedge dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

This is a very dark version of Dick Dale and his Del-tones' "The Wedge," all set for a motorcycle ride down to the shore. Way cool and well arranged. Great glissandos and energy!

Antrax dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Heavy fuzzoidal post metal aggression with the Kinks in mind. Brutal and primal riff rock with a nasty edge.

Detour dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Ah, the glory of juxtaposed cowboys and punky energy. Paul Westmoreland classic rocker made famous by Duane Eddy is turned all upside down by the contrast between the intent and this ballsy arrangement. Wonderful!

Ghostriders In The Sky dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Based on Dick Dale's modern romping up of Stan Jones's classic, "Ghostriders In The Sky" drives, snarls, and insanely drives those doggies through the valley of doom. Great energy and dark power.

Autobomba dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Heavy chunk rhythm and dark riffology over relentless drums and moody boom makes "Autobomba" a remarkably durable track. In some ways, it's as if the Scorpions tried their hand at surf, but not quite as soaring as that might be.

Man From U.N.C.L.E. dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Jerry Goldsmith's usually cheesy theme becomes very serviceable as Zorros Petardos Salvajes chunk it out. The whole idea becomes dangerous instead of quirky, and makes for a very enjoyable journey.

Walk Don't Run dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

With nearly the aggression of the Pink Fairies version, and the rhythmic chunk of Agent Orange, Zorros Petardos Salvajes makes nice with in dangerous territory. I'm sure Johnny Smith had no idea what his simple early fifties jazz instro would become, and certainly not how these guys would drive it. Wonderfully powerful and engaging.

Shit Sandwich dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Dark and menacing, "Shit Sandwich" is a thick session you will be engaged by, but a lunch you will want to miss. A Kinks influence is here, and ample energy. Less melodic than I like, but very intense.

China Guitar dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

"China Guitar" is an interesting track with a melody that hints at the Orient without being trite as so many such instros are. Heavy at times, and approaching light at others, it meanders through a soundscape rich with texture.

Ramada dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

"Ramada" is a very nice instro with a lovely melody and light textures. Haunting desert scenery emotes from the lead guitars sad sound, yet there's a sense of cautious optimism. A very good track.

Lies dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

The Knickerbockers' power pop monster "Lies" is heavy and powerful in the hands of Zorros Petardos Salvajes. They rock it and roll it and drive it hard, while using significant delicacy. The backward guitar line at the end is nifty.

Pedazo De Pancho dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Very heavy riffage with intense guitar torture and a nearly Davie Allan-like end that is quite enthralling. Dark and mischievous.

Laguna dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

"Laguna" is a kind of playful country tune with dark guitar. Think picnic with the Devil. Fun and menacing too.

When You Walk In The Room dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

My absolute favorite Jackie DeShannon songs gets a ringing fuzzy treatment that's complimentary and endearing. There's enough sixties jangle to keep the roots in mind, yet it's modern tone and power are something completely different than that. There are Davie Allan-ish guitar tortures here and there. Very cool!

Moskito dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

This is a playful instro with a catchy riff and country innocence. It might remind you of Buck Owens, Chet Atkins, or the Ventures, but they never went to this picnic! Quite fun.

Corona Del Mar dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Los Coronas did this a long time ago. It's a slow and moving piece of music that's soothing without being particularly fluffy. Nicely done.

Canadian Sunset dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Eddy Heywood's classic "Canadian Sunset" finally gets a rock instro treatment. I know Danny Gatton did it, but this is just so much more real. Glissandos and a bouncy rhythm. Too fun!

Sen-Say-Shun dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Freddy King groovy "Sen-Say-Shun" is played like supper's on the table and they can't eat until their done. On the fast side, playful, and very cool.

Dead Dog Bay dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

This is a splendidly playful surf influenced instro with a jazzy underbelly and a sense of liquid flow. "Dead Dog Bay" is entirely fun. Heavy riffy breaks separate light hearted fluid melody lines.

Theme From The Black Saddle dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

This theme from the short-lived sixties TV series Black Saddle is one of only three I am aware of, the Revelairs back in the day, and Drew Weaver and the Alvarados a few years back. This one gets the heavy award. It starts innocently enough, but soon takes on the heavy fuzz and guitar torture of a Davie Allan epic. Very cool!

Cielos Del Sur dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

This is a lovely instrumental with a breezy melody and sunny visual component. It gradually speeds up, taking on more and more energy, and darkening its tone as it goes along.

Jazzcats dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

This has the feeling of a fifties jazz romp that found itself at the beach. Entirely fun, with double picked lines and a very playful sound. A great drum break rocks the middle the way the big bands used to do it. Very nice!

Music To Watch Girls By dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Sid Ramkin and Tony Velona wrote this playful ad score, which became a national hit in instrumental rock form. Based on the Pepsi-Cola theme from their Girl Watcher's ad campaign. It was a hit by the Bob Crewe Generation, a studio concoction of the producer of Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels. ZPS have as much fun with it as Pollo Del mar or any of the other modern bands that have picked on it. Fuzz and jangle meet head on.