In the 1970s, when my brethren and I were longhaired stoners, we attended parties in remote desert spots around and just outside of Tucson, usually including a generator for lights and music, and kegs for refreshment, called "boonies." Apparently, in the decade before, the teens called them "boondockers." The Clashmen, made up of Ray Padilla, George Peabody, Bob Olson, Roger Shelton and Steve Fall recorded this wonderfully staccato-noted, reverb-drenched nod to The Pyramids "Penetration" titled "Boondocker" at Copper State Studio. It's Forster Caycee on the knobs. George Peabody's father was the famous banjoist Eddie Peabody who financed the recording. The Clashmen were ahead of their time in that they didn't have a bassist, long before bass-less duos and combos became all the rage. In lieu of bass, the group tuned down a six-string guitar for a faux low-end. While there were several fantastic Tucson released and related instrumental sides, looking through the eyes (I mean hearing through the ears) of a surf-music purist (I can say this as know many), this 45 from the end of the pre-Brit Invasion era is the toppermost surf record to come out of the Old Pueblo!
Lee Joseph grew up in Tucson. He's a DJ (Luxuriamusic.com), marketer of cool shit (Reverberations Media) and founder/CEO of internationally respected Dionysus Records, an indie that has long specialized in releasing super-rare music, and more. He came of age in the first wave of Tucson punk rock and is an expert on Tucson music. He now lives in California. Vintage Vinyl is a weekly addition to the Tucson Weekly.