Sir Finks – “(Tres Mexicanos) Del Sur De Texas”

January 01, 1970

(Get Hip)



This 22-track retrospective makes a solid case for Texas
surf-rock underdogs the Sir Finks as detail-driven masters of the classic instrumental
sound. In fact, it only takes one track, “The Ugly Surfer,” with its swinging
surf beat and its clean guitar lines bathed in reverb, most notes played on
muted strings with just the right amount of whammy bar. And they’ve not only
mastered the sounds of the era, they’ve mastered the melody writing as well,
often topping it off with a tip of the hat to old Spaghetti Western


They take an unexpected detour 16 tracks in with a heavy,
fuzz-guitar-fueled instrumental version of the Yardbirds’ hit, “Heart Full of
Soul,” but that’s great, too, bringing the fuzz like a Mudhoney single. And the
fuzz is just as thick when the Finks go wild on a revved-up, organ-driven
reinvention of Booker T. and the MG’s’ “Can’t Be Still” that truly can’t be still
then turn around and swagger through Lee Hazelwood’s “These Boots Are Made for
Walkin’,” letting the whammy bar handle the attitude.



Standout Tracks: “The Ugly Surfer,” “Can’t Be Still” A. WATT


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