Surfadelic Presents – USE ME ! (Original songs covered by Grace Jones)

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This Surfadelic comp. is kinda like “Songs we taught…” collection, this time with tunes and songs covered & abused by Miss Grace Jones, my favorite 80’s dance pop glam queen. Well, some of the songs really surprise me ’cause I thought it’s hers originals like Warm Leatherette, Walking In The Rain, Use Me… but I was wrong, dead wrong baby. Check out some favs down there, mostly 70’s new wave songs and some other classic tunes. Use the dig!

 

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THE CHALLENGERS – Killer Surf! The Best Of The Challengers

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“One of the most popular of the early Southern Californian surf bands, the Challengers were formed by drummer Richard Delvy after he left the Bel-Airs, who had recorded one of the very first surf singles, “Mr. Moto.” Their debut LP, Surfbeat (early 1963), was one of the very first all-instrumental surf albums and sold 200,000 copies, an astronomical number for a regional act. Recording several albums over the next couple of years, most of their repertoire consisted of covers of popular rock and surf tunes; undeniably exciting at the time, their lack of originality can make their work generic to wade through. The moody “K-39,” also available on surf compilations, is their most famous cut.”

“Clocking in at 30 tracks, this is a top-heavy collection of surf sides the Challengers cut for the GNP/Crescendo label. As the group never really had a hit, this is arguably all the Challengers you might ever need for the collection. But it is grade-A surf music, extremely well played with various session ringers like Hal Blaine, Jim Keltner, Steve Douglas, and Paul Johnson brought in on various numbers.”[AMG]

Interesting collection of instro surfin’ by this well known L.A. surf band. There are some different versions of tunes from their early albums as “Surfbeat”, “K-39” and “Go Sidewalk Surfing!” which is strange but OK. Also, there is entire 1964. “Sidewalk Surfing!” LP by The Good Guys, studio band project with Art Fisher, Hal Blaine, Paul Johnson and Steve Douglas.

 

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THE DAVE BRIDGE TRIO – Surfin’ Down Under [1963]

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“The Dave Bridge Trio were an Australian group that got their start when the lead guitarist of the Joy Boys quit to form his own band. This is their only album.

‘Surfin’ Down Under’ is a moody track that features an unidentified pipe-like percussion instrument that starts the album out in a drowsy low-fi vibe. ‘Bondi Stomp’ picks the tempo up quite a bit and is a great little rocker full of guitar slides. ‘Cat Bay’ is another fast rocker with tremendous amounts of reverb while ‘Gold Coast stomp’ boasts some excellent low string picking. ‘Cottesloe Stomp’ has some interesting banter between guitars and ‘Rainbow Bay’ again falls into low-fi mood music. One of the best more interesting tracks on the album, ‘Ridin’ the Bower’ falls into Les Paul territory. ‘Boomer Beach’ features the drummer. ‘The Tide’ has some ghostly backing female vocals though doesn’t exactly fall comfortably into the surf umbrella. The oddly-titled ‘Winkiepop’ has a nice bass line while Bridge’s guitar twangs up high on the fret board. Years before the Disney film, ‘Moana’ feels more like a jam session than an actual song. A bass heavy ‘Gallows’ closes the album on a strong note.

Extremely chill, extremely relaxed; the Dave Bridge Trio’s Surfin’ Down Under is a breath of fresh air from the continent in the Pacific ocean. Never re-released on CD r cassette, original copies often fetch upwards of $300 so if you are able locate a copy, grab it quick!” [Surfroute101]

Sydney based 60’s Instrumental band sole LP + singles trax and live. Rare stuff indeed. Just fer ya surfin’ cats! don’t miss it, Dig!!!

 

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SCRATCH MY BACK – New Rubble Vol.5 [UK 60’s Girls Garage/Mod/Beat]

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UK 60’s girls in garage-mod-beat action! This is for my money the best volume in the New Rubble series. Loadsa cool stuff like fuzzed-out ”Scratch My Back” by Jan Panter, The Martells ”Time To Say Goodbye”, Glenda Collins ”Thou Shalt Not Steal”, cover of Hollies tune ”You Know He Did” by Mary Mccarthy, cool take on The Sorrows ”Baby” by Tracy Rogers… Girls 60’s FUN FUZZ & HAMMOND, Check some favs down there ‘n’ dig!!!

 

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BIG BOY PETE – Return To Catatonia [1967-69 Pop/Psych]

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“Funny what acid can do to you…”

“This is the third of four collections of previously unreleased material by this U.K. space cadet. Funny what acid can do to you. In this case it was kind of like the elixir that transformed Jekyll into Hyde (an observation taken directly from the liner notes to this LP). Pete Miller was previously known for his contributions on guitar to a couple of relatively undistinguished British pop groups from the early ’60s. After a brief solo career under sober conditions, he discover acid about the middle of the decade, which promptly transformed him into his alter ego: Big Boy Pete. This new and mentally unshackled artist, with the aid of his own in-home studio, went about recording some truly odd, strange, weird, and any other adjective along these lines you can think of – some recorded while the artist was actually tripping. “
“Return to Catatonia has some truly trippy material. A couple of songs are obviously influenced by other artists like the Kinks and the Beatles. It also relies heavely on studio effects…”

The further PSYCHEDELIC adventures of Pete Miller, Uk’s best kept secret of the 60’s! Following the ‘Homage To Catatonia’, this release ransacks BIG BOY PETE’s 1967-1969 vaults to present another 14 tracks of previously UNAVAILABLE homegrown PSYCHEDELIA.

 

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PETE MILLER (Big Boy Pete) – Summerland / Homage To Catatonia [1966-69 Pop/Psych]

 

“Big Boy Pete was some kind of weirdo by the name of Pete Miller who recorded loads of early psych pop songs in his own crash pad studio. Apparently, he was a songwriter that would record demos and then sell them to other bands. These two sets are all examples of this. Ranging from straight 60’s beat, to a bit of pop and popsike this lp’s goes a long way to showing that Mr. Miller had alot of songwriting talent. There are a few tracks that stand out from the pack but the overall feeling one gets when listening to this is that it’s all very good. The production is pretty good too considering they were done as demos. Overall, a good album, and though a compilation of all of his “pop” tracks it feels more like a whole.”

You could hear his tune “Cold Turkey” on Chocolate Soup for Diabetics vol.2 and Electric Sugarcube Flashbacks vol.4. ”Summerland” is first and probably the best collection of his recordings issued by Tenth Planet rec. ”Homage To Catatonia” is pretty fine & weird too. Check it out!!!

 

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Surfadelic Presents – Death Race On The Zombie Highway! [Hot Rod/Surf Instros]

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It’s been a while, but hey!… here comes a brand new kick ass Surfadelic mutha f***in’ compilation you’ve been waiting for. A groundbreaking 2 phase collection of modern surfin’ & draggin’ instro stuff from 80’s, 90’s and 00’s, alright! Ya gotta deal with some well known garage surf acts as Satan’s Pilgrims, Huevos Rancheros, The Bomboras, Los Straitjackets, Boss Martians, Bambi Molesters, The Untamed Youth, Davie Allan, Phantom Surfers, Surf Trio, Link Wray, The Fathoms… and other interesting ace loosers. 40 trax of Surfadelic instro action just fer you garage zombies out there. It’s fast, it’s furious, it’s deadly! Don’t miss this, dig!!!

 

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