For those of you not in the US, Harvey Korman was a true comic genius. The heading of this post refers to my favorite characture, in my favorite comedy, Blazing Saddles. If you don't know this movie by heart already, please make it a point to rent it. It can still make me laugh so hard that I hurt for days after watching it. Harvey was key to many of the funniest sections and will be missed by many for the joy his work created.
LOS ANGELES - Harvey Korman, the tall, versatile comedian who won four Emmys for his outrageously funny contributions to "The Carol Burnett Show" and on the big screen in "Blazing Saddles," died Thursday. He was 81.
Korman died at UCLA Medical Center after suffering complications from the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm four months ago, his family said in a statement released by the hospital. His daughter, Kate Korman, said in the statement that it was a "miracle" that her father had survived the aneurysm at all, and that he had several major operations. "Tragically, after such a hard fought battle he passed away," she said. A natural second banana, Korman gained attention on "The Danny Kaye Show," appearing in skits with the star. He joined the show in its second season in 1964 and continued until it was canceled in 1967. That same year he became a cast member in the first season of "The Carol Burnett Show." Burnett and Korman developed into the perfect pair with their burlesques of classic movies such as "Gone With the Wind" and soap operas like "As the World Turns" (their version was called "As the Stomach Turns").
The best Instro-Surf music event in the Southeast! May 31st at the Clarkston Community Center Field. John and the gang from Brockett Pub House & Grill will be smokin' some BBQ for us, so come hungry. Our friends at Eagle Rock have plugged us in to some great beers this year, including KONA, and all net proceeds will benefit the Community Center. As usual, admission is FREE! Donations for the bands will be accepted and encouraged. Gate opens at noon, or a little bit earlier. Bring your lawn furniture, umbrellas, canopies, etc. Don't forget to bring the family and friends!We're gonna rock the field!
Who's gonna be there you ask??????
Atlanta Seventeen Orchestra / The Usual Suspects / Naked Truth / Susan Anton / Ann Gillian / Jackleg Preacher / Frankie's Blues Mission / The Bretheren / Cyndi Craven / Dee Dee Voght / Caroline Aiken / TechnoBabble / Zoom & Da Flash / The Barn Rats / Pool Mountain / The Beans / Tom Wolf / Night Flight / Michael Shapiro / The SURGE! / The Acoustasonics / Stratogeezer / El Capitan & Thee Scallywags / Mister Neutron / The Broken Spokes / Reverend Randy Duke / Daikaiju / Goatville Jam / Junction / The Penetrators / The Garage Kings / My Band / The Lithonia Businessmen's Association / Boone Miller / Stevie Tombstone / Cathy Carlile / Dead Cell Theory / The Musselwhite Family / Duet For Theremin & Lap Steel / Isia Cooper / The Morgans / Norman Blake / Amara Doxey / Big Ray & The Futuras / Joe Dance Band / The Mondellos
Lots of groups you have heard here on TV and includes a very special friend of mine.
The Pyronauts will be playing at the International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach on July 13th with the Neptunes. 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Be there!
Phil D gives this one 5 out of 5 stars!
Mike's Barracuda Surf (Instrumental)"Mike's Barracuda" is a faster surf track, rhythmic and splashy, with great glissandos. basic surf grumble and power.
Hey Fred! Surf (Instrumental)This is a thoroughly flippant and fun piece that's warm and thrilling. It's delicate backtrack writhes with lovely surf reverb while the lead plays a delightful melody. It's a happy go lucky track that's just impossible not to grin with.
Sifaka Surf (Instrumental)"Sifaka" is a splendidly infectious song with a sophisticated structure driven by superb surf rhythms. There are many fine tracks I love from The Pyronauts, but this is perhaps my fave. It portrays mysterious imagery, surf power, and a playful sophistication not common in surf. Superb playing and writing.
Aztec Harry Surf (Instrumental)A warm softness emotes from the guitar lines while great drums and bass back it up. The tribal drums dominate the transition passages commendable. "Aztec Harry" has a bit of a mysterious European sound to it.
Iron Board Surf (Instrumental)This classical tribute to Alfred Hitchcock uses the theme to his TV series. Amazingly cool interpretation, with warm island whammy and a solid surf beat. Double picked and liquid!
Necronomicon ex Boardis Surf (Instrumental)"Surfboard Of The Dead" is a splendid surf instro with excellent rhythm and a somewhat optimistic melody line that lurks in the shadows. The psychedelic backwards guitar lines are very cool! This song has grown quite a bit over its life span. A very fine track that I kept coming back to.
Cal-Tiki Surf (Instrumental)"Cal-Tiki" sports a rippin' surf rhythm behind a chunky riff with great drums, cool whammy chords, and dribbling glissandos. Fine track!
Pie Surf (Instrumental)A very infectious surf beat grabs you right away as "Pie" takes off. Double picked, joyous reverb, and a cool melody line. Solid beat and energy, and plenty to make you smile. An excellent track!
Fire Surf (Instrumental)Big drama and mysterious happenings open "Fire," eventually yielding to a chunkin' surf rhythm and a slightly unsettling melody line. Great drums and infectious guitar work.
Water Surf (Instrumental)Slowly starting from a solo guitar line, "Water" gradually builds to an epic journey at a lumbering pace. The shear size of the visual here is overpowering. Aquatic and magnificent.
Supertanker Surf Surf (Instrumental)Cutting through the crests and troughs as if they aren't there, a supertanker would have a hard time shooting the curl, yet "Supertanker Surf" seems to project just such an image. A playful track with a great thumping bass and lots of dribbling reverb.
Land Of The One-Eyed Tiki Surf (Instrumental)Muted reverbed guitar, a bit of an Oriental flair, and a delicate interplay between the guitars. "Land Of The One-Eyed Tiki" gradually builds to a minor surf frenzy. Superb and unique.
The Surf Coasters had much success on the show, which lead to a loyal fan following. They succeeded to make it into the final round of the competition, where they finished in second place; however, they still received a record deal, which lead to the release of their debut CD, Surf Panic '95, which, despite being an instrumental album, sold well. The band also played that year with surf music legend and "King of the Surf Guitar", Dick Dale, who was on his first tour of Japan. Reportedly, after the tour Dale referred to Naka as the "Prince of the Surf Guitar."
Though not officially broken up, the band played its last shows together in November 2005. Naka has been performing with an assortment of bands, including Ryouchi Endo and The Southern All Stars. Kurita has been playing bass with his band Chill. Wikipedia
1 BIG THUNDER 2 STEPPIN' OUT 3 LINDA 4 DONKY CRAZY 5 ADVENTURES IN PARADOX 6 NO EXIT (17) 7 WEST GHOST 8 HYSTERIC DRUMMER 9 SKATER ON 10th AVENUE 10 3BB (THREE BROTHERS BALL) 11 REDZONE DEADZONE 12 CREEPY CRAWLY 13 SURF IS BLUE 14 SATISFY
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"...on their mission to uranus"
Zurich based band The Bahareebas play an eclectic mix of rough 60s surf & garage. They’re inspired by pretty much everything they come across and try to get all these variations into their compositions. Since the early 2008 on the road as a quartet, the bahareebas try to go back to the very roots of the odd 60s music scenes. Is it the utterly precise surfguitar of Gigi Galante? The mad fuzz of Phil de Gaulle? The knacking basslines of Sevi Sousol? Or the highflying sticks of Sam LaFontaine? It sure is the blend of everything that gives the Bahareebas the true sound they play. So listen, if you like some nifty surfgrooves, some rough garage and a bit of hip freakbeat you sure have to see them live.
The Mach IV, based in San Francisco, California, are deeply committed to the traditional sound of Jazzmasters, Jaguars, tank reverbs and the subtle grooves of the early sixties surfing sound. By no means an oldies band, they play the music as a vital and continuing force. Original tunes stand along side greats by The Astronauts, The Shadows, The Ventures and lesser known bands like Les Jaguars, Richie Podolar, and many more. Hypersonic sounds for the Jet-Age sophisticate, indeed. Though the Mach IV was founded in 2001, the quartet have a long pedigree in the instrumental music genre. Guitarist Mel Waldorf led Montreal's Los Mel-tones through hundreds of gigs and two CDs before moving to the Bay Area to play with twang rockers The Alvarados. Shigemi "Shig 33" Komiyama, drummer extraordinaire, provides the beat for El Destroyo, The Shitones and Shig and Buzz, played with Hot Tuna, and once shared the stage with Yoko Ono. Guitarist Ferenc Dobronyi is the leader of Pollo Del Mar, now going into their second decade of surf rock. Bassist Johnny Hamilton also plays for the Berzerkers and Shig and Buzz.
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Reverb alert! Mobile, Alabama quintet Jonny and the Shamen lays it on heavy with classic ride-the-waves instrumental guitar music that blends the old-school surf rock of Dick Dale and The Ventures with the spooky conspiracy themes of '60s espionage thrillers and TV serials like The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. From time to time they spike the punch with a bit of experimental weirdness -- freaky effects, sci-fi beats, theremin spookiness -- but for the most part, they play reverent, incredibly energetic rolling instrumental rock that will make you want to jump right into the Batmobile. Sound a little familiar? Yes, Jonny and the Shamen has more than a little in common with screwball surf terrorists Man or Astro-man?, who are also from -- you guessed it -- Alabama. Is there some kind of cult down there that the rest of us should know about? These five Agents of JATS, as they refer to themselves -- guitarist/Moogist Jonny Stratosphere, bassist Dan-O Bookem, drummer C.H.E.C.K.P.O.I.N.T., second guitarist No. 2, and keyboardist Grave Danger -- have been unraveling the conspiracy since 1996. They released their first full-length Operation: Twang! in '97 on Pensacola-based Loch Ness Records. They've since followed that with their 1999 Turducken release, The Fully Functional Adventures in Espionage Video Game, which was coproduced by Man or Astro-man? drummer Birdstuff and features the songs "Stratosphere Mortuary Theme," "Boris Bomb," "Clip the Wrong Wire...," and "J.A.T.S. Are Go!" Jesse Ashlock
1 Push The Start Button 2 Mr. Hide 3 Dick Tracy 4 Stratosphere Mortuary Theme 5 Boris Bomb 6 Spy's Night Out 7 Clip The Wrong Wire... 8 Crime 9 Vertigo 10 J.A.T.S. Are Go! 11 From Dusk 'Till Dawn 12 Lullaby Of The Leaves 13 Peter Gunn
A creaking door sound effect and slow, ominous descending guitar riff usher you In The Charnel House. With a sudden scream and shattering kick of a reverb tank, you know there's no turning back. Bill tears off a glissando and begins his intro over the furious pounding of tribal drums. The bass enters the fray, and the band settles into a heavy groove. This is surf music with a dose of horror. Over and over, Bill hammers home the main theme with heavily reverbed spy-tone and changes things up with agressively double picked melodic variations. Spooky.
Devil's Slide This Rockabilly rave-up is a showcase for Taylor's outstanding drumming. He's always in the pocket and with that great tone, which makes this whole album such a pleasure to listen to.
Keel Haulin' Stow away with the 'bilge" Rats for this demented sea shanty. Bill slices and dices the main theme nine ways from Sunday and keeps it interesting--everything from Astronaut's-style pizzicato to heavy crunch. And Taylor, what can you say except the guy has studied his military snare rudiments. Avast maties!
Don't Drink the Water Establishes a slight "south of the border" feel, like many a surf classic before it. Heavy double picking in lock step with rolling double toms put you right inside the tube until you go over the falls and feel yourself being sonically pummeled in the churn. The Rats make like a post-punk Ventures for the new milleneum. Great staccato ride cymbal work here. Move over Mel Taylor--it's Lava Rat Taylor.
Gotham Guitar lines that are long and languid, like a slow drive along the coast highway. Ever wonder what it would sound like if Bossa Nova era Pixies played surf/instro? (I know, but forget about Cecilia Ann for a second). Bill can really milk the slow, wavering trem across a full chord like James Wilsey. Within the short little tag line that seperates verses are the seeds to some of the most beautiful recorded sounds I have heard. This is just as gorgeous piece of music.
Peligroso Translation: Dangerous! The real danger here, is that upon repeated listening this catchy guitar line will lodge permanantly in your brain. It's loopy and angular, with more twists and turns than Lombard Street. At the end, Bill harmonizes the figure to fit a chordal approach--no mean feat--and exhibits some serious musicianship.
Under Tone If they do the twist in Hell, this is the music they are doing it to. I can't help but imagine Uma Thurmon in a red devil body stocking doing the Bat Dance a la Pulp Fiction (which probably says more about me than it does this tune). Really, this is the Cramps minus Lux and with better musicianship. Rodd really shines here on bass, and when the three Rats play the theme in unison, it is a thing of evil beauty. In one section, Bill breaks out some apocolyptic fuzz guitar like I haven't heard since In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.
Dragline Everyone in the mosh pit!! This one track alone may be responsible for the album label's stated "23% daily value of punk". A high engergy romp propelled by a relentless backbeat and jackhammer riffs. Appropriately, in the best tradition of punk, it clocks in at just barely over 2 minutes.
The Flasher Swampy, tremolo laden guitar over a fat shuffle groove and melodic walking bass line. I would describe this as having a swingy, jazzy jump blues feel--I hesitate to say it's a little like "Stray Cat Strut", but that's my only frame of reference for you. The finale is especially nicely arranged and richly textured, with the whole band displaying tremendous dynamics between dramatic and loud to soft and subtle. A great showpiece that shows off the Lava Rats' musical range.
Pistol Grip The drum roll fills on this one floor me everytime--incredibly tight and precise. Over a relatively simple stomp style song structure, the band really show us what they're all about. This is the essence of instro/rock Lava Rats style. It's stripped down and mean. All killer, no filler and tone, tone tone!
Drop the Bomb Yet more high energy punk-inspired instrumental rock. It's almost not fair. After being pounded into submission by the last one, this track is like the bully who isn't satisfied until you say "uncle". It's full of rapid fire double picking right out of the Miserlou play book and features several false endings. It just keeps coming back at you. Want some more? huh? Want some more?
Miss Fortune Did I mention this band is tight? The Lava Rats are a modern day surf power trio. I say modern, because even though their sound is full of the hallmarks we have come to identify with surf/instumental music---fast drum rolls and fills, middle eastern-inspired melodies, pizzicato picking punctuated by legato trem strums--The Lava Rats bring modern production values (sound clarity) and a post punk attitude, which brings the genre into the 21st century.
Suicide Squeeze Bill may have perfected the use of the buzz saw as musical instrument. At 1:24 the band slows down the tempo considerably, where I definitely detect a tounge in cheek Led Zeppelin reference, before building up speed like a Juggernaut and reintroducing the main theme with a vengence. In the process, Taylor unleashes a devastating flurry of fills that seem to send the guitar into hyper-drive. My attempt to describe in words can't do justice to the overall effect. The Lava Rats rock--in the best sense of the word.
Caution! Stealth track alert! Do not adjust your volume control, as doing so could cause injury. The album ends with 1:50 of silence followed by a blistering coup-de-gras!
The Band's repertoire is drawn from wild 50's Rock'n'Roll obscurities through to early 60's Surf/Rock'n'Roll, and with material of their own provide audiences world-wide with their very own phenomenally infectious brand of Surf Rock'n'Roll animalism. The Arousers have not only played extensively across the UK but also successfully secured a strong following by their appearances in Europe playing France, Holland and Germany. The band have also provided explosive finishes to 'Hemsby' and 'The Big Rumble' weekenders (the biggest R&R events in the World approx. 3500+ people). So if you would like to catch waves with the ultimate party band, The Arousers are 'Fendered up and ready to Party!'."
It is not very common to find a band that succeeded to shape a brand new musical genre. The Astroglides, who coined the term 'Surf Core' to describe their own blend of dark surf and metallic thrash-core managed to galvanize a new power tool that retained the true essence of surf music with guitars played through vintage Fender amps, reverb units and speakers with the aid of a slashing theremin and exotic musical instruments. Since their formation in 1997, the Astroglides have been crafting unique instrumental and vocal Surfcore tunes, alongside and separated from both the Israeli musical mainstream and the local alternative scene. Leading their own crusade, the band released their first two albums "Penetrate with" and "Fondling with" in the Israeli independent label Fast Music in 2001 and 2002, respectively. Later joined their third effort "Channel Surfing with" a record that was based around TV and movie instrumentals, including cover versions of obscure theme songs from old Israeli TV shows. In 2004, Ran Mossesco, one of the band's founding members and a surfcore super-hero, left the band and moved to the States but the band continued their road to ruin with Lee-or (theremin,vocals and baldheaded stomps), Jonathan (guitars,flutes, exotic strings), Nadel (guitars, headbangings and also a member of the Los Kikes), Cavan (bass, beach bummery and a member of Monkey Son of a Donkey) and Idan (skins and a motorcycle daredevil). In 2005 the band released "Turkish Delight", a CD single that was soon followed by the band's latest record "Selling out with The Astroglides". The new album was released by the band's private label, Sshaking RecordsS and showcased the Astroglides penchant for oriental influenced exotica. The Astroglides took their intense oceanic surfcore to a camel ride in the kasbah and gave birth to 15 spicy tunes that breath new life in the middle eastern deserts of desolation.
DR. SURF is a band dedicated to making the sounds that made California world famous- by playing SURF MUSIC! DR. SURF has their own brand of high energy Surf Rock that began in the early 60's. Using both instrumental and vocal songs, DR. SURF throws into the mix: Classic old style SURF ROCK- a la the VENTURES, the CHANTAYS, DICK DALE; Secret Agent/Spy sounds; Fun lovin' BEACH BOY/ BEATLE vocals; and even some Latin and Reggae vibes to create their own recipe for FUN! We are from CALIFORNIA and play locally in the Santa Barbara/ Ventura area. However, DR. SURF is planning a world tour to go to Japan, Hawaii and Australia. We love to play our music and sometimes play 2 or 3 gigs in one day. Come out to HEAR and DANCE to our California sound and have a BLAST!
"Double Diamonds" was originally recorded in the mid-90's. The initial release, which included the first twelve tracks on this current CD, were enthusiastically received by music critics, DJs and instrumental fans alike. Soon, the College Music Journal listed "Double Diamonds" in the top 25 songs of its play list. But, alas, band members couldn't agree on the direction of the music and for the next several years, the album was "frozen" in dispute.Over the years, many of the tracks have been covered by prominent instrumental bands in the San Francisco Bay Area and the album continues to get air-play on college radio to this day.Four "bonus" tracks have been added for your listening pleasure. They were recorded a couple of years after "Double Diamonds" and are worthy of making this new release truly the "Double Diamonds Deluxe" edition.In September 2006, it was nominated for "Best Surf Album" for the Just Plain Folks Music
"Eighteen nutso bastouts from eighteen combos from around the world (3 continents in fact). A tasty blend of surf and garage instros, with one knackered blues stomper just for good measure. All top knotch tackle no less!"
Review by Doug Stone City Nights, of course, includes Gilder's chart-topping raison d'etre"Hot Child in the City"; the Canadian actually strove to release the pedestrian "All Because of Love" first, but Chrysalis wisely pushed for this street-walking tale to break Gilder in America. As for the rest of the record, the cognoscenti know the surrounding disco-metal set off a global tremor still felt in the "21st Century." From the crisp robot come-on of second single "Here Comes the Night" to the trench-coated social worker flirting in "Got to Get Out," Gilder calmly claims his crown as the king of an insular world of kinky hooks and killer rhythms where any ace pop fan should strive to reside. All of this jukebox Nabokov's 70s work is facile and frequently brilliant. Rock away your frustration and fly high into the City Nights.
This 1997 release contains more than a good handful of classic Boss Martians surf instros, played tightly and with considerable spunk. I think it's much chunkier overall than their studio sessions. Some of these tracks have appeared on vinyl before, and some are out for the first time. All sound much better than before. Vocals included: "Good Golly Miss Molly" and "Surfin' Bird." Picks: XK-E, Malaguena, AA Growler, Strait Eight, Hot Foot, Banzai Pipeline, El Borracho del Sexo
Since 1996, The Astro Zombies have made more than 200 gigs all over Europe. From Poland to England, Finland to Spain, the french trio have rocked all kind of venues and clubs, playing their own psychobilly style inspired from hell. The first record of the band is an EP with an old school Psychobilly sound which made the band go forward. The first album "Astro Zombies are coming..." was recorded " In Heaven " at Paul Fenech's home studio (Swindon UK) in 1998. This young and fresh first production made the band known by all the Psycho scene and opened the gate of evil Rock and Roll. With songs like "I'm alright", "Barcelona", "Manson family"or the fabulous instrumental "Usual Suspect", the band is now ready to hit the road. In 2000, the band record a second album called "Control your minds" on Crazy love Record which is avalaible on LP or CD, meanwhile Guido Neuman decide to repress the first one on LP. This second album shows that the band has grown up and songs like "Jeckyll and Hyde", "Lil'Henry", "Scene of the crime" or "Leather and Pain" are much more melodic and confirm that the band's gonna be soon a true worth. After several tours over Europe, the Zombies are now ready to conquer the whole world with their third album "Mutilate, Torture and Kill" recorded at Kaiser studio (Chagny F) which finally recognized the band as one of the top, not even in the Psychobilly style, but on the nowadays Rock and Roll scene. Songs like "666 racing" playing with a Motorhead style, or the version of "Plastic Passion" from the Cure, the pure psycho "Story of Bonnie and Clyde", the ballade "Psychos on the road" or the crazy "Terrifying Astro Zombies" (inspired from the movie of Ted V. Mickel), are indeed the best of The Astro Zombies ... waiting for the next.
Revitalized post up from now quiet Bill The Psycho's very cool blog.
About the BAYWATCHERS The band formed in 2001, played a few gigs, then due to mr. Sebastians sudden move to Beerlin, germoney, the Baywatchers didn´t exist for a couple of years, the band reformed with mr. Hoff as the new bassplayer in 2004 and had a productive year. Musical style is instrumental surf´n´roll played with punkenergy.
let´s see what the future will bring ! -rock on, rock hard & kick ass !
1 Onethousand Homo Cowboys
3 Green Hornet
4 In The Spirit Of Joey
5 Prime Adrenaline
6 Valley Of The Mono Apes
7 Waxing The Boards
9 Mr Hoff Blues Live @ Schokoladen 3/5/2004
10 Whalebarf Live @ Butterclub 3/1/2004
11 The Joker and The Green Hornet Live @ Magnet Club 4/20/2004