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Los Straitjackets

Mixing the familiar sounds of Dick Dale, Duane Eddy, and the Ventures, Los Straitjackets create their own version of energetic surf guitar twang, complete with Mexican wrestling masks. Los Straitjackets began in the summer of 1988. Eddie Angel (guitar), L.J. "Jimmy" Lester (drums), and Danny Amis (guitar) formed an instrumental trio called the Straitjackets, which played local Nashville shows throughout the summer. After a six-year hiatus, the Straitjackets reunited, added E. Scott Esbeck on bass, and changed their name to los Straitjackets. In November 1994, the band signed with Upstart Records. They released their first single, "Gatecrasher" b/w "Lonely Apache," on Sympathy for the Record Industry in February 1995. In March 1995, the band's first album, The Utterly Fantastic and Totally Unbelievable Sound of los Straitjackets, was released on Upstart. That summer the band went on its first major U.S. tour. In June 1996, the band released its second album, ¡Viva!; it was the last appearance on a los Straitjackets album for Esbeck, who left the group in 1998, with Pete Curry taking over on bass. The Velvet Touch of los Straitjackets, their first album for Yep Roc Records, followed in 1999 and Damas y Caballeros! surfaced two years later. The mysterious musos decided to move on to holiday music the next year, and tackled several Christmas favorites on the fun 'Tis the Season for los Straitjackets! Supersonic Guitars in 3-D arrived in 2003, followed by a collection of outtakes, live tracks, and rarities called Vivos y los Raros in 2004. Twist Party dropped in 2006, which introduced new drummer Jason "Teen Beat" Smay, replacing Jimmy Lester who left the group the previous year. After releasing the all-star Rock en Español, Vol. 1 in 2007, which teamed the instrumentalists with a handful of vocalists, los Straitjackets returned in 2009 with The Further Adventures of Los Straitjackets, a back-to-basics album that nixed guest singers and horns in favor of the Straitjackets core rocking guitar sound. The quartet expanded to a quintet in 2010 when los Straitjackets added a third guitarist, Greg Townson. 2012's Jet Set, which marked the return of Amis to the band after recovering from a difficult illness, was recorded at the Pow Wow Fun Room Studios in Los Angeles, produced by Janne Haavisto, and featured guest spots from the Basic Cable Horns (best-known for their work on the Conan television show) and Finnish actress and musician Irina Bjorklund. The album also featured a new drummer, Chris Sprague, who took over from Jason Smay. In 2013, los Straightjackets shared billing with the Fleshtones and Southern Culture on the Skids for an album of horror-themed retro-rock, Mondo Zombie Boogaloo. Los Straitjackets renewed their commitment to "instrumental music with vocals" on the 2014 release Sings The Great Instrumental Hits, with Deke Dickerson (fittingly a man more celebrated as a guitarist than a singer) warbling little-heard lyrics to popular instrumental tunes, including "Pipeline," "Walk Don't Run," and "Honky Tonk."~ Tracy Frey & Steve Leggett
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Deke Dickerson Sings The Great Instrumental Hits

1. Fury

2. Honky Tonk

3. Magic Star

4. Theme From A Summer Place

5. Perfidia

6. Apache

7. Miserlou

8. Kawanga

9. Wild Weekend

10. You Can Count On Me

11. Walk Don't Run

12. Popcorn

13. Sleepwalk

14. Pipeline

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Track List: The Further Adventures Of Los Straitjackets

1. Cal-Speed

2. Challenger 64

3. Blow Out

4. Fortune Cookie

5. Minority Report

6. Teen Beast

7. Catalina

8. Sasquatch

9. Nocturnal Twist

10. Tubby

11. The Wild Mouse

12. Mercury

13. Kapt'n Krunch

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Track List: Twist Party

1. Twist Party

2. Twistin' Gorilla

3. Hypno Twist

4. Twistin' Out In Space

5. Kitty Kat

6. Footstomp!

7. Twist And Grind

8. Isn't Love Grand

9. On Tap

10. Do The Daddy-O

11. Domino Twist

12. The Mad Scientist

13. Prelude To A Twist

14. Twistin In The Rain

15. All Back To Drac's

16. Peppermint Twist

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Track List: Supersonic Guitars In 3-D

1. Squid

2. Dipinto Twist

3. Time Bomb

4. Can You Dig It?

5. San Diego Shutdown

6. Isn't Love Grand?

7. Giggle Water

8. Midnight In Salerno

9. Beach Bag

10. Jungleaya

11. Galaxy Drive

12. Tarantula

13. Dreamland

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Track List: Sing Along With Los Straitjackets

1. Black Is Black

2. Chica Alborotada / Tallahassee Lassie

3. Treat Her Right

4. I Ain't The One

5. Down The Line

6. Rey Criollo / King Creole

7. California Sun

8. I'll Go Down Swinging

9. La Suegra / Mother In Law

10. Bumble Bee

11. Shake That Rat

12. The End Of The World

13. A Huevo

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Track List: Damas Y Caballeros!

1. Introduction Of Los Straitjackets

2. Outta Gear (Live)

3. State Fair

4. Casbah

5. Calhoun Surf

6. Itchy Chicken

7. Last Date

8. Kawanga! (Live)

9. I'm Branded (Live)

10. My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic) (Live)

11. Squad Car

12. Rockula

13. Tempest

14. Lynxtail

15. Tailspin

16. Pacifica

17. Driving Guitars (Live)

18. Sing Sing Sing

19. Sleepwalk (Live)

20. Rawhide

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Track List: The Velvet Touch Of...

1. Kawanga!

2. Rockula

3. Close To Champaign

4. Hornet's Nest

5. My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic)

6. Tempest

7. Tijuana Boots

8. Sing, Sing, Sing

9. Tabouli

10. Sterno

11. State Fair

12. All That Glitters

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Track List: !Viva!

1. Cavalcade

2. The Casbah

3. Wrong Planet

4. Lonely Apache

5. Outta Gear

6. Pacifica

7. Espionage

8. Swampfire

9. Lawnmower

10. Lurking In The Shadows

11. Brains & Eggs

12. Venturing Out

13. Tsunami!

14. Nightmare In Monte Cristo

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Track List: The Utterly Fantastic And Totally Unbelievable Sound Of...

1. Fury

2. G-Man

3. Straitjacket

4. Jetty Motel

5. Carhop

6. Caveman

7. Tailspin

8. University Blvd.

9. Gatecrusher

10. Itchy Chicken

11. Della Street

12. Calhoun Surf

13. Rampage

14. Lynxtail

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Track List: Further Adventures Of Los Straitjackets (Reissue)

1. Cal Speed

2. Challenger '64

3. Blowout

4. Fortune Cookie

5. Minority Report

6. Teen Beast

7. Snappy

8. Catalina

9. Sasquatch

10. Nocturnal Twist

11. Tubby

12. The Wild Mouse

13. Mercury

14. Kapt'n Krunch

15. Twist & Slide

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Track List: Jet Set

1. Crime Scene

2. Yeah Yeah Yeah

3. New Siberia

4. Aerostar

5. Brooklyn Slide

6. Jet Set

7. Low Tide

8. Walking Down 3rd Street

9. Bobsleddin'

10. Wrong Way Inn

11. Space Mosquito

12. Sardinian Holiday

13. Mr Pink

14. Pop Rocks & Coke

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I'm probably one of the only teenager who knows about the "Munsters" :( sad
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I love the "Munsters"!
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Seems my hole life been a sleep walk
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I thought this song was much older. Seems like I been listening to black is black for 50 years.
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madisonolitt l e
What a theme song
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Met Danny at The Foothill in Long Beach ,drinkin a brew and talkkin to some dude,telling him who I wanted to see,that night, not knowing who he was, told me he was a roady. BIG surprise when the masks men took over the club. Great showmanship& true to Tone, Ah yeah, not to miss when they come to your toen



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lastgasp47
pretty close to the originals.
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Tus rrolas estan atoda madre vatos
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Pandora must have gotten this band's entire catalog for free. I keep giving them a thumb's down and Pandora keeps playing more of their boring songs on my station. One more thumbs down
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mastajones86
Usted es lache hombre
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Nacho Libra
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Sounds like real music to me.
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Can't sit still & listen to L.S.
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Titty-shakin ' groovin' vibes. These cats are "real gone" hipsters. L-u-v it!



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Radical.
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LS great band!!! More Please, Louder too! Mucho twang and beat!
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I like there mask
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Garage surf and motorcycles. Two great tastes that taste great together.
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I love this song B-cuz it reminds me about my sister!!!!
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Feeling like I'm in a Tetentino movie Lol. Happy 420..
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Timeless. Great version.
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Very Good!
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Eddie Angel also played in a great rockabilly band The Planet Rockers....g r e a t guitar player.....
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These guys are great. I got to watch them live a VLV.
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My Wife and I are huge fans, The best music and band to come along for years! Viva Los Straitjacket s !
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They played at the Great Blue Heron Music Fest. the same year the Scots played .
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These guys are getting on my nerves
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These guys are pretty darn good, but this song just makes me want to cry... La Bamba... ={
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Huge fan! Love these guys!
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I have a signed Eddie Angel stage mask!
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This guys r awesome!!! Big fan<
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Interesting. . . . s o u n d s like early '60s beach rock (a la Wipeout). Will have to listen to more of their music.
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Competent, but boring
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rmblucas
they put on a great show!!
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Hoping to see them in concert in a few months.
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josh.johnsto n
Wait wait... surf guitar AND luchador masks? Sign me the f*ck up!
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timkautz
repeat - these guys are great
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timkautz
they are great
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cindy_hb
they are horrible
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nice
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mad4tunes
I've been a fan of these guys for almost as long as they've been around...eno u g h so that I actually went out on a quest for Eddie Angel's solo album...grea t stuff.
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Pandora put the wrong punctuation on the album named ''¡Viva!''
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surfs up
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Been to 1000 shows but none better than Los Straightjack e t s ! ! A must see!!!
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Can't wait to catch these guys live!! Awesome
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Some a** kicking jams, i wish i could hear them in person.
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evelynphipps
these guys rock in person and their showmanship is awsome!
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bill80140
Saw them at 41 Bridge Street, Canton, Ct. Great group with muy grande talent, puts on a tight and professional show that should not be missed!
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guys r cool
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Great band great guys to chat with...Saw them in Fresno in May...they are in Belguim, Germany now...hope to see them when they come west again.
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