Intoxica! Strange and Sleazy Instrumental Sounds from the Socal Suburbs

Intoxica! Strange and Sleazy Instrumental Sounds from the Socal Suburbs


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Downey Records was a small label run out of the back room of Wenzel's Music Town, a fabled record shop in the sleepy Los Angeles suburb of Downey, CA. While the folks who ran Downey recorded a little bit of everything, the label's heyday came during the glory days of instrumental rock, and this compilation features 26 wordless wonders from their vaults. While "instrumental rock of the early '60s" equals "surf music" to most folks, Brian Nevill's liner notes take great pains to point out that most instrumental bands were inspired by R&B rather than the crashing waves, and some of the stuff here goes in other directions altogether. Give your attention to the Latin jump of "Se Acabó" by the Del Rio Brothers, the slick cover of "Third Man Theme" from Las Vegas lounge outfit Ginny & the Gallions (they also tackle "Hava Nagila" and interpolate the theme from Exodus!), the faux-exotica of "Sound of Mecca" by the Blazers, and the Joe Meek-influenced electronic manipulations of "Space Battle" by Stories in Sound. The best-known cut here is "Comanche" by the Revels, which appeared on the soundtrack to the film Pulp Fiction, and its twanging guitars, honking sax, and vivid atmosphere are in the same league as the other tracks, most of which sound like odd little movies for the mind that you can dance to if you please. Most of these songs are genuine obscurities and six have never been released before, so folks who dig vintage instrumental sounds can add some new wrinkles to their collections with Intoxica!, and pretty much everything included is solid and satisfying.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/25/2006
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667019620
catalogNumber: 1114
Rank: 80953


  1. Intoxica
  2. Night Scene
  3. Se Acabó
  4. Eight Ball
  5. Night Rider
  6. Bandido
  7. Here Comes the Bug
  8. Sound of Mecca
  9. Hava Nagila
  10. Migraine
  11. Night Scene
  12. A Week from Tuesday
  13. Inertia
  14. Comanche
  15. Theme of Etiquette
  16. Blockade (aka That's It)
  17. Dreams of Downey
  18. Ghost of Mary Meade, Pt. 2
  19. Third Man Theme
  20. Water Wheel
  21. Hot Licks
  22. Frenzy
  23. Rosemary's Baby (aka Apache Ghost)
  24. Maid 'N Japan
  25. Russian Roulette
  26. Space Battle

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