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You don't have to be a surfer or skateboarder to let Return Of The Bastard work its magic on you, but it wouldn't hurt if you were somehow acquainted with the kind of sideways flowing that Tommy Guerrero grew up with. Bastard is a natural and cosmopolitan album boasting a quiver of songs that surf different waters with talented friends. "Calling For Ya!" blends smoky, reverberated, wah-wah, guitar over dubbed out rhythms while samba-funk flavor maker Curumin provides peripheral rhymes. "I Would Go With You" flirts with Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 styled Bosa Nova with percussion played by Alfredo Ortiz of Blackalicious fame. Fellow skate rocker Chuck Treece drums on "Paper Switchblade," giving it a cool and cinematic David Axelrod feel. And Guerrero's guitar treads and traverses different styles and genres, resembling the vintage tones of David Holmes soundtracks one second and then pulling from early Santana the next. When you least expect it he'll pluck an acoustic arpeggio like a '60s folkie, then he'll dip into a sunny and soulful Bill Withers influenced bit, all the while retaining a thread that mirrors the mellow stoke of a California native.

Customer Reviews

The First great Rock album of 2008

Tommy Guerrero, not much u can say but pure Flow music. Whether you are skating in San Francisco, surfing, cruising, or just chillin, this is something everyone can relate to in a Californian lifestyle. I think its his best album. This is a Definate buy for both Tommy fans and non tommy fans. I hope you enjoy this album as much as I do. This is my first Review, tell me what u think. Thanks

So refreshing

Nice mellow grooves. I'm totally diggin' this. Locks you in, then takes you for the ride! Thanks Tommy G.


Each track flows better then the last...


Born: September 9, 1966 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

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

Tommy Guerrero may be better known in the world of skateboarding than music. Born in San Francisco, Guerrero joined the skateboard company Powell Peralta in 1985 and became one of the original members of the legendary "Bones Brigade" team. Always interested in music, Guerrero was a fan of the high-energy punk music that surrounded the early-'80s skate scene. Since then, Guerrero has become an accomplished bassist and guitarist with influences as diverse as John Coltrane, Latin Playboys, and Tortoise....
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