Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Collection: Monster Party 2000
|Just in time for that Halloween party you've always wanted to throw, here comes the Monster Party 2000. A slab of instros, some surf, some rock, some frat, and some vocals as well. Vocals include the Boss Martians, Freddy Fortune and the Four-Gone Conclusion, Bleed, the Hellbenders glorious "Ghosts From Boot Hill," Dead Bolt, Electric Frankenstein, the Cobrajets, the Woggles, and the Chimps.|
Picks: Welcome To The Party (Munsters), Frankenstomp, Transylvanian Orbit, Frankie's Groovy Monster Boots, Theme From Young Frankenstein, Nosferatu, The Pendulum, Daddy Long Legs, Theme From Slaying Beauty, Evil Walks In, El Monster Surfin' Time, Rockula, Theme From Young Frankenstein (Reprise)
Track by Track Review
Welcome To The Party (Munsters)
Vic Mizzy's well worn monster theme is fuzzed and funned, and makes for a solid opener to this compilation. No artist credit appears on the disc.
A sort of "She's Waiting" beat and a thick riffin' progression right out of a garage in Portland. Lots of Northwest feel.
The "Romanian Dance of the Dead" is sparkled and pristined with eastern European surf charm as only the Space Cossacks can. The melody is grand, and the playing quite excellent. The heavy double picked sections are deluxe, but then, so is the rest of this track.
Frankie's Groovy Monster Boots
Eddie Angel's guitar print is all over this track, like on his Guitar Party album. The Omega Men provide a solid rock combo backing. Primitive cave man grind...
Theme From Young Frankenstein
The Madeira are Ivan Pongracic and Catherine Gray of the Space Cossacks with drummer Dane Carter. They do a mighty fine instro here. This Italian flavored surf rooted instro is melodic and fluid, and quite attractive. The round sound and reverbed second guitar provide the surf credentials.
This guttural twangin' roots rocker sports a slightly reverby sound, a bit of splash, and a riff rock groove that is endearing. A bit repetitious, but still enjoyable.
Fuzz Rock (Instrumental)
This splendid fuzz rocker has a warm and fluid sound. It distorts its little way into your heart, like a minor Davie Allan epic. The fine guitar work and spooky keys provide a hallowed experience.
Tiki Lounge (Instrumental)
The reconstituted Tiki Tones provide a tweaky tiki lounge excursion into the funky land of chic apparitions. Oddly interesting, smooth and fun.
Theme From Slaying Beauty
Ah, the Bambi Molesters! A great melody, cool effects, solid thump, and excellent surf credentials. Aside from the fact that I think this is one of the great modern surf bands, this track is a magnificent Halloween fave to be.
Haunted house murk, spooky slow, darkened halls, hair up on the back of the neck... oh the anticipation of it all. Mostly a mood, but very effective. Dramatic guitar, bongos, organ, and frantic flight.
Los Pelegrinos Negros do a credible cover of the Deadly Ones' "It's Monster Surfing Time." This borrows from "Comin' Home Baby," and employs a swirly vibrato-tremolo effect. Joe South wrote this.
Great grimy twang from the masters. A little "Cave Man"-ish and a lotta cool. Thereminic whirl, and that great surfabilly beat. Simple and effective holiday weirdness accented with screams and evil laughs.
Theme From Young Frankenstein (Reprise)
This is a very pretty reprise of the theme, slow and sinewy, with warm watery tone - really quite beautiful in a haunting kinda way. A sad farewell to the monster bash.