"Surfin' M.O.D." (Megaforce/Caroline; 1988)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Legendary thrash masters M.O.D. took a weird turn with "Surfin' M.O.D.", the soundtrack to a "Beach Blanket Bingo" type movie with M.O.D. providing the rock'n'roll.

The CD is made up of "The Movie," which is a nearly 24-minute track which contains dialogue and sound effects from the "film" with the M.O.D. tracks interspersed between and then seven additional tracks, which are the M.O.D. tracks separated from the movie.

Three of the tracks here are originals and three are covers. Two of the original tracks aren't bad but come nowhere near the band's classic thrash sound. The other original track, "Mr. Oofus," is just strange, sounding like it came out of a bad rock opera.

The cover tunes are the most fun. Where else can you hear a band like M.O.D. perform The Beach Boy's "Surfin USA," "Shout" by The Isley Brothers or (best of all) Petula Clark's "Color My World"?

This CD is for fans of the band's trademark humor and not, necessarily, their usual sound. Think of it as an M.O.D. novelty CD.

It does boast a very cool cover, though.

M.O.D.: Tim Mallare - drums; Louie Svitek - guitar; Billy Milano - vocals; John Monte - bass.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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