DICKHEADS / HOT RODS TO HELL! Volume II

 

Two 90’s surf & hot rod comps. ‘Dickheads’ is a 10 trax Dick Dale tribute album featuring surf revival & garage bands as The Galaxy Trio, Thee Phantom 5ive, The Cowslingers, The Penetrators, The Daytonas, The Quadrajets… covering some DD classics. It comes with 12 bonus cuts added by Mr.Eliminator. ‘Hot Rods To Hell’ is car themed comp. mostly of instros and few vocal cuts with some same bands as on ‘Dickheads’, plus The Boss Martians, Davie Allan And The Arrows, The Surf Trio , Insect Surfers, The Hentchmen, The Royal Pendletons, The Space Cossacks…  ‘Abandon hope all ye who enter here!’ Dig!!!

 

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THE ULTRAS – Surf-Pop-Sludge [1993]

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”THE ULTRAS are a mostly-instrumental rock’n’roll trio from San Francisco formed in l988 by guitarist Eric “Sludge” Lenchner. They call their sound “Surf-Pop-Sludge”.

In their early days, the Ultras played the “new lounge” supper clubs in San Francisco utilizing their diverse musical palette of Surf, Rockabilly, Salsa, Pop, Blues, Country, Jazz, and Psychedelic styles. This was a low-volume sound with the instrumentation of electric guitar, acoustic “string” bass, and brushed drums.

In the l990’s, as the Ultras began to play more and more original music (at a more electrified volume), they moved from the lounges to the original music showcase clubs of San Francisco and Northern California. The Ultras toured the West Coast several times and shared the bill numerous times with surf music legend Dick Dale.

1993 saw the release of the Ultras’ CD, SURF-POP-SLUDGE Produced by Scott Mathews, the man responsible for the Dick Dale “comeback” CD” on Hightone, “Surf-Pop-Sludge” was a college radio hit, going Top Ten on numerous stations throughout the U.S.

In 1995 the Ultras stopped playing live shows due to guitarist Lenchner’s hearing damage. They have continued to record, and their latest projects are “Rocket Jockey” (video game), “Attack of the New Killer Surf Guitars” (compilation featuring Ultras’ track “THE ULTRA FACTOR”), and “Just Write” (feature film starring Sherilyn Fenn – soundtrack features “Steel Twist” by The Ultras).”

Hey surfers! Check out this fine surfin’ instro slab I just found recently. The Ultras can be spotted on some 90’s surf revival comps as ‘Beyond The Beach’ or ‘Gnarly Reef’, but on ‘Rocket Jockey’ [game soundtrack with Dick Dale] they put some killer instros as ”Death Tube”,  ”Surrounded by Assassins”, ”Magic Wand”, ”Rocket Boy”, ”Vaque Ton” which caught my ear. This package contain their sole 15 trax lp + 7 bonus cuts added for your complete listening pleasure. Don’t miss it!

 

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THE KAISERS – Instrumental Stomp!

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The Kaisers were garage beat band from Edinburgh, Scotland. From 1993 to 2002 they recorded wyld bunch o’ garage/beat lps and singles for No Hit Records, Spinout, Norton, Get Hip, etc. Their style are similar to those of Billy Childish gang The Milkshakes raw 60’s influenced rockin’ beat. During their career The Kaisers recorded several instrumentals, on singles and couple on almost every album. This here is Surfadelic collection of their instros with style ranged from Link Wray inluenced raw hoot to twangin’ Joe Meek production kinda 60s recordings. Short but sweet. Let’s Stomp!!!

 

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BARRACUDAS – Through The Mysts Of Time [Surf-Punk/Power Pop]

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”This London-based Anglo-American band was formed in 1979 and scored a U.K. chart hit in 1980 with the neo-surf song “Summer Fun.” Their punkish attitude comes from a red-hot, enthusiastic amateurism. The band melded together the sounds of pop surfers like Jan & Dean with hip urban post-garage rockers like Flamin’ Groovies and song-oriented ’60s ensembles like the Byrds. The result of this formula is infectious, unexpected, and raw. This collection comprises demos, outtakes, and alternate versions from the same era as the Drop Out and Meantime LPs.”

“Rougher and rawer than this old English power pop quartet’s otherwise fun singles and LPs, this 71-minute, 25-track collection of earlier demos, outtakes, and other rarities replaces such works as 1981’s Drop Out and 1983’s Mean Time as the definitive statement on a truly underrated ’60s-infested band. The Barracudas were looking back in the midst of a punk revolution — covering Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “Little Red Book” just like Love or the Standells — and succeeding just the same, probably because, like the unrelated but not totally dissimilar mod revival bands of the time, they brought a purely modern crunch and crackle to the thick guitars underneath the songs about girls. This is boy/girl punkish pop before it became an ’80s/’90s staple”[Jack Rabid]

 

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THE UNTAMED YOUTH – Untamed Melodies / Major Chaos! [Garage/Surf Revival]

”Well, they’re dancing all over, yeah
They’re dancing everywhere I go
You know I see ’em on the tv
And I hear it on the radio…”

 

Missouri’s finest, the Untamed Youth (Deke Dickerson, MACE, Steve “Sammy” Rager, Joel Trueblood) is one of the best groups of 90’s garage/surf revival wave and my favorites next to The Boss Martians, The Bomboras, Man Or Astro-Man, Los Straitjackets etc. They play energetic & fun 60’s influenced frat rock/hot rod/surf music with loads of real cool covers, perfect for wyld beach parties. ”Untamed Melodies” is great best of collection of trax from their first three 1988-1992 Norton lps and 45’s. ”Major Chaos!” is kinda rarities compilation with unreleased songs rare 45’s and stuff from 1987. to 1998. This stuff is A MUST for all you dragsters & surfers out there. It’s almost summer here kiddies and it’s time for some untamed rockin’ beach fun! Do the wobble and the watusi, Dig!!!

 

”Gonna twist, gonna stomp with you
Do the wobble and the watusi too
Locomotion, here we come
Gonna have some kind of fun”

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THE WOMBATS – Zontar Must Die! [80’s Surfin’Garage/Punk]

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Yeah you’re right. This ain’t UK indie pop band but Cleveland, Ohio garage punk gang and their ’84. debut slab on Voxx records. You could hear ’em on ”The Roots Of Powerpop’,’ ”Experiments in Destiny” and ”Battle of the Garages”. Their sole Lp with cover art from an episode of “Twilight Zone” is kinda strange mix of surfin’ garage-punk with touches of new wave/Joy Division kink. Interesting stuff indeed. Vinyl rip is a courtesy of the Days of Broken Arrows blog. Package comes with singles bonus trax. Dig!!!

 

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THE WEDGE – The Big, Bad, Boss Beat Of… [1980]

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Mini lp with 5 instrumental trax by this early 80s California surf revival band. Drummer Tom Brown was a member of 60s surf group The Illusions, well known from comps as Surfer’s Mood,  Surf Guitars Rumble, Diggin’ Out… but that’s another story. C’mon let’s surf again!

[Special thanx to The Wax Monger / Audiogasoline for vinyl rip]

 

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Guitar Ace – Link Wray Tribute + Think Link! 1&2

 

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“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!”

”24 scrappy garage,surf, and punk artists from across the globe contribute versions of popular and obscure Link Wray nuggets, proving that his music transcends cultures, ages, genres, and trends. With a sufficiently primitive approach and more vocals than you might expect from someone best-known for his instrumentals, ringers like The Fleshtones (blitzing though a minute-and-45-second, raucous beach party rave-up of “Soul Train”), Southern Culture on the Skids (grinding out “I’m Branded” with lo-fi raw power) and Calexico (the lovely “Fallin’ Rain” is this album’s least-frantic cut) rub elbows with lesser-known yet talented bands; all of whom deftly capture Wray’s eclectic musical personas. From the reverbed, spaghetti western twang of The Hellbenders “The Outlaw,” The Space Cossacks “Mustang,” and Boston’s Four Piece Suit “Roughshod,” to variations on the “Rumble” theme courtesy of an international crew featuring Belgium’s Fifty Foot Combo (“Slinky”), Finland’s The Downers (“Genocide”), and the Scandinavian ad-hoc group Spy-Fi (“The Shadow Knows”), Guitar Ace leaves few Wray guns holstered. Excursions into surf (San Francisco’s Pollo Del Mar‘s frantic “Jack the Ripper”) country (Deke Dickerson & The Eco-Fonics finds his inner Ricky Nelson on “Run Boy Run”), and poppy garage rock (The Gore Gore Girls run “Baby Doll” through the Shangri-Las’ tough but tender wringer) show how Wray was far from a one-chord pony.”[Hal Horowitz]

Guitar Ace plus two 10” vinyl ”Thin Link” volumes add up to the total tribute post to the king of power chord. Featuring instrumental action by 90’s garage/surf revival acts as The Galaxy Trio, Mono Men, The Volcanos, Thee Headcoat Sect, Impala, The Phantom 5ive, Huevos Rancheros, Man Or Astroman…   Think… Link!!!

 

”It’s not fair to judge a man by the color of his skin,
or the size of his wallet, but rather the number
of Link Wray records he owns.”

 

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MACH KUNG-FU – Teach A Chick To Dance/Going Native [Japan Garage/Surf]

 

 

And now for something completely different… Crash the party with this Japanese garage punk/surf trio trash lock’n’loll. No sh*t, this stuff will kick your ass with kung-fu kick. Also known as The Fabulous Mach Kung-Fu, this 90’s crew play a mix of raw 60’s inspired garage & surf songs and instrumentals with interesting covers of The Sonics “Psycho”, Chuck Berry’s “Come On”, The Wailers “Frenzy”, cool version of The Astronauts “Hot Doggin” etc. “Going Native is all instro ’97 Ep, while ”Teach A Chick To Dance” is their last album from 2001.  If ya dig The 5.6.7.8’s and stuff this is your cup of kung-fu action. Cheer up your neighbours, 掘る!!!