The South Bay Surfers

Rubbing You Wrong All Over

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Recorded live at Our House in Costa Mesa, California in January of 1994, it's hard to tell from listening to this self-produced, six-song mini-LP who's having more fun, the band or the audience. Lame playing and mistakes galore are the byword here, while the crowd seems to be eating up every discordant note like icing off a wedding cake. Kicking off with a version of "Teenager In Love" that would be enough to make Dion go back on drugs, the Surfers apply the torch to "Wooly Bully," featuring an intro that takes nearly a whole chorus before one can ascertain exactly what song it is that they're trying to play. Equally tuneless versions of the Chordettes' "Lollipop" and the Royal Teens' "Short Shorts" follow, but the attempts at John Fogerty's "Rock and Roll Girls" and Roy Head's "Treat Her Right" (featuring the sax player trying very hard to play trumpet) must be heard to be believed. If this review seems unkind, it is only because you haven't heard this record yet or you're actually a member or relative of this band.