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Biography

In the late Lee Hazlewood's tape archives a tape marked 'Woodchucks' was discovered. It turned out to be the pseudonym for his 'fake' instrumental group (which was actually the legendary studio band known as The Wrecking Crew). The Woodchucks released two singles in the 1960s: typical instrumental surf music that was all the rage at the time.

While the recordings on the recently unearthed tape are previously unheard, the songs themselves have been covered over the years by a variety of artists, mostly of the surf genre such as Dick Dale, The Ventures and The Trashmen). The Wrecking Crew recordings were released in 2018 by the Light In The Attic record label as Cruisin' for Surf Bunnies, credited to Lee Hazlewood's Woodchucks. The recordings (all made on 26 October 1964 in Los Angeles) were conceived by Hazlewood as demos, but the sound quality and performances are impressive and stand up well among similar recordings from the era.

PopMatters review: "The 12 songs presented here are pretty much your garden variety mid-'60s surf music. That's not to say that it's an unpleasant or dull listen. But Hazlewood wasn't really breaking any new ground here. One gets the impression that he was capitalizing on a hugely popular musical trend by writing a handful of songs in that vein and hiring the best musicians in town to interpret them. There's no need to overthink any of this."

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