Tuesday, August 30, 2005
The Shades LTD: Frog Hunt On Mars/Fragile Fruit (Lark LR-1063)
Ah yes, another two-fer from the land of the way out there. I'm not completely sure, but I think this bunch might have come from Florida. But as far as I'm concerned, this might as well have come from another planet, which makes it more than worthy of your time.
Let's see: you get a surf instrumental and a garage punker here, both of them a bit crude. "Frog Hunt" is the instrumental side. It's got a medium beat with crude Ventures-style guitar strumming and an offbeat guitar riff that does indeed give the impression of being on a hunt for Martian frogs. The playing is a bit amateurish, but that's why I like it. You can picture these kids having fun with their rudimentary instrumental skills in their garage.
The crude playing continues on the vocal side, only this time it's got more of a frat vibe. A farfisa joins the mix and the singer shouts the chorus as "Strawberry.....raspberry....Jack Berry," while singing something about a man trying to steal some kid's fruit. I think that's what he's singing, but I can't make out the words at all. He shouts everything at the top of his lungs and it still comes out to be mumbling.
See? I told you this was out of the ordinary. Plus, both songs clock in at approximately 3:30 minutes. But what the hey, the charm is definitely there and that's what matters, jack. At least it matters to me.