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Sinister Surf

by the Moon-Rays

Halloween tinged surf, with a jazzy Beatnik bongo beat. spooksville man...
Genre: Pop: 60's Pop
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1. Sinister Surf
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2. Spookwalk
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3. Drag Fink
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4. Hare-um Scare-um
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5. Hearse With a Curse
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6. The Devil In Nylons
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7. Mysterion
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8. Night of the Rodent
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9. The Raven (for Beatniks)
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10. Deep Into Midnight
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11. Sophmore Werewolf In Love
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12. Night of the Day of the Dead
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Moon-Rays are unique, As MonsterKid Magazine said, "There is nothing quite like them out there today". They have taken Instrumental Surf and blended it with Beatnik jazz, 1950's Exotica, 60's Spy sounds and dressed it all up in a retro Halloween package.
In 2001 the Moon-Rays recorded the theme from WGN's "CREATURE FEATURES" television show, which got them immediate attention across the country with people who grew up in the 60's and 70's in Chicago and remembered fondly sitting in front of the TV on Saturday nights watching the show
This recording gave them the opportunity to record their first CD for Sound Imp Records. "THRILLS AND CHILLS" came out in 2002 and was comprised of mainly cover songs of groups like the John Barry 7, Henry Mancini, some music from the television show the "MAN FROM UNCLE", as well as two original songs.
One of these songs "1313 MOCKINGBIRD LANE" (named after the address of the Munsters home) found it's way onto numerous Halloween broadcasts that year and was picked up for two movies, "DR HORRORS EROTIC HOUSE OF IDIOTS" and the upcomming documentary on the Horror Host history "AMERICAN SCARY".
93 WXRT radio in Chicago picked "THRILLS AND CHILLS" as best instrumental release for 2002, quite an accomplishment for a "spook" band.
In 2004 they released their second CD for SVI titled the "GHOULS GO WEST". Unlike the previous CD this one was all original songs except for one and had much more of a "spooky" feel to it. The one thing it had in common with the previous CD is that several songs off of "GHOULS" also were picked up to be featured in films. Their unique blend of beatnik surf and jazz has set them apart from other so called "spook-surf" or Halloween bands, most of which rely on a darker heavy metal sound. We like to refer to our music as "Halloween Lounge" with a lot of humor.
"GHOULS" got widespread airplay on many college radio stations across the country as well as radio stations in Europe, Japan, and Australia.
The newest release by the Moon-rays "Sinister Surf" gets to the roots of 1960's west coast surf and drag music and is dedicated to the late Ed "Big Daddy" Roth whos legacy of Weird-oh's, monsters and finks nitro fueled our imaginations for decades.


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mr icecreamforcrow

most exciting surf hifi you'll hear this year!
The Moon-Rays have redefined and widened the boundaries of surf rock full stop. Slighty raw compared to the other albums but super quality hifi for your ear drobes. Since listening i've brought a set of bongos and call my friends Daddy-o. Munster Beatnik Surf is solid jackson and way out man.. more please

Cap'n E

Spooky Surf for Halloween
Remember those 'novelty' Halloween albums from the 60s? What if they were ... not just funny ... but actually good? The Moon-Rays are good, and funny too. My favorite story about this album is that a friend of mine surprised everyone by buying a hearse (don't ask), and I had a song ready to play on the CD player (that'd be Track 5!). One thing to bear in mind: This isn't really an 'album,' in the sense of having a consistent theme or a storyline. It's a collection of individual songs, and is best played that way, not listened to straight through. Put it on shuffle in your Halloween mix - you'll get a kick off it, daddy-o!

Neil

Creepy cool surf
If you like The Ghastly Ones, you'll dig the MoonRays newest. Monsters meet the surf. Very cool!

Brad

Another Great CD !!!
Halloween surf lounge,if you had to put a name to it,and The Moon-Rays are by far the best. They take all those elements and make music that is totally original. This is music to listen to all year round but it sounds best at night, (under the moon light).