|VA - Surfin' Senorita CD (Wildebeest www.flash.net/~pborelli)|
Space Cossacks - Bittersweet Samba, Insect Surfers - Surfin' Senorita, Sir Finks - Spanish Flea, Herb - The Work Song, Slacktone - Mexican Shuffle, Exotics - Whipped Creme, Herman the German - Struttin' With Maria, Halibuts - A Taste Of Honey, Sandblasters - Memories of Madrid, Pollo Del Mar - South of the Border, Slackmates - Third Man Theme, 3 Balls of Fire - Lonely Bull, Satan's Pilgrims - Green Peppers, Squid Vicious' Overdose - Wade in the Water, Donna Ho - Tijuana Taxi
Here's a great concept album collecting performances by current surf and instro bands on tunes made famous by that ubiquitous staple of the thrift store record bins - Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. There's a sense of fun throughout, capturing the tongue-in-cheek style from all those old TJB records. Spanish Flea by the Texas-based Sir Finks is a great example - a cleanly reverbed surfy guitar tinkles along with this instantly recognizable melody. The Space Cossacks, Sandblasters, and Satan's Pilgrims all contribute nice tunes done up in a familiar surf music style, which works well sprinkled in with the variety of other TJB-styled tracks that roam further south of the border. On their version of Whipped Cream, the Exotics bring in a cheesy organ and even marimba-type percussion sounds. The Slackmates, known for mixing surfy guitar styles with other influences, do a great party version of the Third Man Theme. And other classics like Lonely Bull and A Taste Of Honey show up too. Don't listen to this album expecting all trad surf sounds, but rather as a collection showcasing what's most fun about both the old TJB style and the current instro scene.