The Greaseballs

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The Greaseballs

A blast from Chicago's surf past; the Greaseballs' all-instrumentals do more than ape Dick Dale. The good thing about doing all instrumentals is that you can think up goofy titles without writing lyrics. The Greaseballs take full advantage of this on their new record, "Wake Up & Smell The Greaseballs" (Pug). I'm sure they had a good time naming these songs ("Sci-Fi & the Moonburners"), and since they were attached to good songs, it's all the better. The Greaseballs' previous lease on life was in the mid- to late-eighties, as the "other" instrumental surf-rockin' band in town (besides Spies Who Surf). Somehow they didn't last quite as long as Spies, and probably drew about half the same audience, but those who knew, knew--their name continued to be invoked from time to time. The band, along with Patrick Halliwell, did a good job with the production, sounding clean but not slick (especially the drums). If you've heard Billy Flynn's recent non- vocal experiments, you might as well pick up on the Greaseballs. James Porter, New City Chicago

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