Ramrods 'n' Hotrods
Ocean Meets Land
Rockin' The Bach
Beyond The Blue
Containing 17 new recordings,
this album features a mix of originals and covers that will hopefully
please the surf-music novice as well as the most cynical connoiseur.
Here is a track by track rundown:
1. Headin' Out - Our title tune rocks with what might be called "chunky"
2. Pipeline - This classic tune, originally done by the Chantays in
1962 is THE quintessential surf song.
3. The V-Factor - There are many factors that make for interesting
music, but one should never ... ever ... ever ... discount the V-Factor.
4. Tickler - This obscure, but catchy little tune was originally done
by a pre-surf group called the Sherwoods. We hope you like our surfed-up
5. Prima Vara - Well, being the egomaniacs that we are, we've got
to have at least one tune with our name in the title!
6. Ramrods 'n' Hotrods - This little medley pays tribute to three
of our favorite old tunes:
Ramrod by Duane Eddy, Stickshift by the Duals, and Bulldog by the
7. Surf Rider - One of our all-time favorites, originally written
and recorded as "Spudnik" by the Ventures on their 'Mashed
Potatoes & Gravy' album - it would seem the Ventures ran out of
themes for their albums so they made an album to capitalize on the
then-current dance craze the "mashed potatoes" and so all
of the titles on their album had something to do with potatoes. Since
the Sputnik satellite was a familiar name back then, they titled this
song Spud (get it?)-nik. Those guys are so clever!!!. Spudnik was
later renamed and re-recorded by the Lively Ones and it became a big
hit. A super-long extended version of it was used over the credits
at the end of the movie "Pulp Fiction".
8. Surf Man - This song was written and recorded by Richie Podolor
as "Cave Man". We tweaked it a little and rearranged it.
This is the first ever Vara-tone song to feature background vocals.
9. Mrs. Moto - This original tune first appeared on the Splashback
album of the same name. We re-recorded it for this album. The title
is a take-off on the great Bel-Airs tune "Mr. Moto" although
there is not much musical similarity between the two songs.
10. Ocean Meets Land - It certainly does!!
11. Reverberator - This tune is a high-energy Dick Dale-ish rocked-out
12. Rockin' The Bach - This tune was inspired by a beginners guitar
instruction book which uses that catchy melody from a J.S. Bach minuet.
We added our own little bridge to it - hope Johann doesn't mind. BTW,
this melody was also ripped off by the Toys with their big 1965 hit
"A Lovers Concerto".
13. Thingamajig - Here is a straight-ahead blues jam with some surf
guitar thrown in.
14. Beyond the Blue - Gotta have a slow one.
15. Soupy Sez - Dedicated to one of our favorite shows that we used
to watch - Soupy Sales with his pals White Fang, Pookie, and Blacktooth
- used to provide us with a lot of fun and laughs after a hard day
at school. He would write his "words of wisdom" on a blackboard
and it was titled "Soupy Sez". On it you would see some
inane advice or sayings (which would inevitably be obliterated by
a barage of cream pies after the reading).
16. Nite Creatures - Spooky stuff. Don't get scared listening to this,
boys and girls, it's just a song!
17. Siboney - This song is an old standard from the 40's (?) or early
50's, written by the same guy who wrote Malaguena. Johnny Fortune
also recorded it during the first wave of surf music as a follow-up
to his hit "Soul Surfer".
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