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The Fantastic Baggys: Tell 'em I'm Surfin'

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The Fantastic Baggys' sole American album release sounded like a missing Jan & Dean LP. It's passable surf and hot rod music, but it would be foolish to pretend it's very original. You can hear blatant echoes of the Beach Boys throughout, whether it's passages that sound close to "Surfin' U.S.A." ("Surfin' Craze") or Brian Wilson ballads like "The Lonely Sea," "Catch a Wave," and "Little Deuce Coupe." It's superficial, sure, but it's pleasant, hitting its highwater marks on "Summer Means Fun" (which Jan & Dean recorded themselves) and the unexpected descending chord hook on the chorus of "Surfin' Craze." ~ Richie Unterberger


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