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Album Review

If you're looking for someone to help you share the joy and magic of the holiday season, who better than the world's leading masked instrumental surf band? Los Straitjackets don't offer up a whole lot of surprises on 'Tis the Season for los Straitjackets!, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing; Eddie Angel and Danny Amis serve up lots of tasty guitar work, and Pete Curry and Jimmy Lester are one solid rhythm section, just as they've always been, and on these 13 tunes (11 covers and two originals) the lucha libre-obsessed guitar wranglers show off the smarts, humor, and sterling chops that have become their trademark. The "La Bamba"-accented "Feliz Navidad," a version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" which channels the spirit of the Chantays, and the Ventures tribute of "Sleigh Ride" are highlights, and while this album will go over best with those who thrive on retro cool, this should send your next Christmas party into a state of dance fever with anyone who appreciates the era of enjoyable AM radio. How's the surf at the North Pole these days, anyway?

Customer Reviews

Fantastic Album

This is a truely enjoyable album, from one of the more talented bands i know. For people who are fed up with your average christmas music, or just want to have some fun this december. It made my christmas better!

Santa Loves to Surf

Who would have thought that surf music goes with Christmas like Santa and reindeer? Los Straitjackets became one of the leading bands of the '90s surf revival because of their great muscianship and sense of humor. Most Christmas collections are a little boring (how often have we heard these songs?) or a little forced (how desperate are we to make this song sound different than every other version?). By quoting well-known riffs from classic surf/rock songs (Walk Don't Run, La Bamba, Pipeline, etc.) Los Straightjackets has created a cool and rocking collection of songs that sound fresh and fun.

The great Christmas album of the YEAR!

Yep. A new way of representing the Christmas spirit, I love it! Christmas with a real nice surf guitar twang. LOVE IT!


Formed: 1988 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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,...
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