Los Straitjackets - Deke Dickerson Sings The Instrumental Hits CD (YepRoc)
What a great, goofy concept - take an excellent instrumental rock n' roll band, covering surf and instrumental hits from the past, and have one of the countries finest vocalists sing over the top. Some of the songs here do have somewhat well-known vocal versions, but the instrumental versions are just more popular. Other tunes have more obscure vocal versions, which were bizarre and really just done way back when to cash in on the popularity of the instrumental hits. The rest here have newly written lyrics by Deke and the fellas in the band. They're having some fun here, especially their vocal version of "Apache" which combines the instrumental versions done by The Ventures and The Shadows, with the zaniness of the Sugarhill Gang rendition. And yes, Deke doing what might be his first rapping since the last Go Nuts LP. Overall though, they have taken the time to do these songs as proper songs. After all, the songs have proven melodies, so with decent lyrics and singing there's no reason these songs can't work as vocals. Overall they've done a great job recording an album which could easily have only had novelty appeal, and made it something that will be listened to many, many times over the years to come.
Tracks: Fury - Honky Tonk - Magic Star - Theme From A Summer Place - Perfidia - Apache - Miserlou - Kawanga - Wild Weekend - You Can Count On Me - Walk Don't Run - Popcorn - Sleepwalk - Pipeline