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Guitars Gone Wild

by The Plungers

MELODIC GUITAR DRIVEN SURF ROCK
Genre: Rock: Surf Rock
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1. Beachnik
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2. Lone Shark
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3. Takin' the Plunge
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4. Rattled
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5. Spring Break
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6. Ridin' Tall
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7. Mai Tai
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8. Jacked
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9. Mondo a Go Go
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10. Flashpoint
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11. Hanalei Hoedown
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12. First Date
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13. Castaway
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14. Oahu
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15. Meet Mr. Mod
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16. Link
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17. Riviera
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18. Propellor
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19. Surfcracker
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20. Free Board
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21. Adrift
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Plungers are a 7 piece surf instrumental group featuring
3 guitars, bass, 6 string bass, and electric baritone and 12
string guitars. The songs are all original. The bands main
influences are The Ventures, The Astronauts, and Link Wray.

VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE REVIEW

The Plungers have to rank as the most prolific band on the surf scene, releasing two CDs of killer originals in 2003. And as good as Land of a Thousand Surf Guitars was, it's followup, Guitars Gone Wild, ups the ante, with 21 instrumentals - each more evocative than the one before. Not an easy feat. The septet (which grew out of a University of Oklahoma combo called The Sperm Counts, who dressed up in Dracula outfits) features dual lead guitars, rhythm guitar , bass, Fender bass VI, baritone (sometimes
electric 12 string) and drums. This multi-layered approach sets The Plungers apart from any instro-surf band on the scene today , or probably ever.
The staccato, reverb-drenched "Takin' The Plunge" is reminiscent of the Astronauts, while "Ridin' Tall" sounds like vintage Shadows, and you can guess the influence behind "Link". "Spring Break" (you've got to love a band that names songs after its outboard reverb tank) exhibits the type of melodic sense that marks ex-Belair Paul Johnson's recent solo work. And the swirling "Mondo A Go Go" is as intricate as anything by Laika & The Cosmonauts.
The songs are all group collaborations, and the members also shared production duties. Amazingly, with everything that's going on (with additional percussion on most tracks and Terry "Buffalo" Ware's slide for good measure on "Surfcracker") the sound never turns to mud. - Dan Forte (all rights reserved)


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Rick

Great Surf Music
I have just purchased Guitars Gone Wild and Surf Americana and both CDs are an excellent addition to a surf music collection.The opening track, Beachnik,is a great choice to sets the tone and pace of this CD.If you like that "reverb surf sound" then you won't be disappointed - tracks 3,7,10,14,18,19 and 20 are right up there. The 12 String Guitar is also a pleasing addition to an already great sound. Sample these tracks a few times and you'll be hooked.

R.Davey

Guitars Gone Wild YaHOOOOOO
Do these words excite you..reverb,surf,instro,Fender,The Ventures,Dick Dale??? If they do, you'll need The Plungers cd in your collection. These guys are fab. All instrumental, no vocals or keyboards to muddy the sound. Just straight twang & surf. Listening to this cd in the dead of winter makes me think of warm sunny days, with warm sunny sounds. Gotta go....surfs up.

Phil Dirt / Reverb Central

Great songs and cool sounds
This is the second CD from Austin"s Plungers. If there's a single word that describes their vision of the surf, it would have to be "carefree". Surf as a foundation, cowboys as a backdrop, sunshine as a requisite, and optimism as the prevailing view. The liners contain the following classic disclaimer: "Only one reverb tank was harmed in the making of this recording."

Susan R.

Great surf!
Your ears will like what they hear when you play this CD.

Amber T.

I bought this CD for my husband....
My husband loves surf instrumentals and wanted this CD for our anniversary. I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet, but he absolutely loves it!

Tom Vier

Take the plunge
Take the plunge and give this CD a listen. You won't be sorry. As a long time listener of surf music, these guys are right up there with the best of them. It feels like 1963 all over again only better.