Various Artists

The Big Itch, Vol. 1

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The opening salvo in this wacky series features 20 tracks with one side as a "bird side," the other a "turd side," giving some indication of the tonal mayhem awaiting the listener. The bird side collects "Surfin' Bird" and "Pa Pa Ooh Mow Mow"-related tunes with Bobby Lee Trammell's nutty "Toolie Froolie," the Trashmen's fuzz-raver follow-up "Bird '65," the Del-Tinos' "Pa Pa Ooh Mau Mau" and Gregory Dee and the Avanties' "Olds Mo William" being particular standouts. The turd side features King Uszniewicz's "Surfin' School," Freddy and the Ravens' title track, Arch Hall, Jr.'s "Konga Joe" and the vocals-and-drum-set-only rendition by Trez Trezo of "Rock Around the Clock," a must-hear-this entry. Not for the faint of heart or for those who take their rock with a large dose of pretension.