Various Artists

Big Monster Bash, Vol. 1

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Containing "21 tunes by today's most sinister bands," this 1998 compilation pays homage to the Halloween holiday with a collection of songs by various roots-music artists who dabble in the styles of rockabilly, surf and swing. Three of the tracks are previously released, but the other 18 tracks by the Twin Cities' Vibrochamps and Jack Knife & The Sharps, Portland, Maine's King Memphis, Milwaukee's the Exotics, Nashville's Rockin' Bones, Bloomington's Swing Rays, and Denver's Hillbilly Varmints, King Dapper Combo and Wolfgang & The Jumpin' Terrors are all new to this project. Other highlights include "The Dark Side" by the Hillbilly Hellcats, "Frankensurfer II" by the Surfaholics, "The Volumizer" by Nick Curran & The Sideburners, "Devil Dance" by Joe La Rose, "Rockin' Coffin Bar" by Hayride to Hell, El Vez' "Gabrielle The Giant Mosquito," Johnny Legend's "Dummy Doll" and High Noon's "Crazy Fever" from the James Froescle film Step Fast. A fun compilation full of great and weird sounds.

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