Yes, loyal reader, I know you’re expecting ‘Billy Monday, but here’s the thing. I get a lot of new music all the time, and I feel like I need to do a better job of sharing it with you. This could be just a temporary thing where the posts are more freeform depending on the kind of music sent to me. Or it could be the birth of some new weekly themes. We will see.
Speaking of themes, you’ll recall that Sundays used to be dedicated to surf music. Well, whether or not the good folks at Ding Dong Records knew about that, they were good enough to send an amazing compilation of surf music. My first WOW! moment of this compilation came in just the second track “Old Man Summer” by This Machine Kills Robots. Some surf albums are great for playing in the car as you drive to the beach to surf. Other surf albums are good for playing at night in your beachside bungalow lit up by tiki torches. This song is perfect for a video montage of surfers wiping out. The guitar in this song sounds like what would happen if Dick Dale took a handful of uppers before he played.
I’m not going to go over each of the 22 songs on this compilation, but here are some definite highlights.
- Band names: Diablo Pussycat, The Mullet Monster Mafia, Surflamingo
- It includes favorites such as Insect Surfers, The Mystery Men?, and Kill, Baby…Kill
- And if you want a real highlight, just know that you can pick any song on this compilation and know that it is an absolute destroyer. Seriously, how many times do you get a compilation and you like maybe half of it? Well, you don’t have to worry about that with this compilation. This is great surf music from top to bottom.
Monsters of Surf is 22 songs (each by a different artist) of surf music that makes you want to get in your Woody, drive to the beach and “catch some tasty waves.” Or maybe make some Zombie cocktails. This is the perfect compliment to either.