Review Revue: The Surrealists - Where's Dada?

Review Revue
Levi Fuller

Welcome to Review Revue, where every Thursday I dig through the KEXP stacks to share DJ reviews and comments written on the covers of LPs (and occasionally CDs) in the ’80s and ’90s, when the station was called KCMU, the DJs were volunteers, and people shared their opinions on little white labels instead of the internet.

Well, I'm afraid there's just not that much information out there about the Seattle band The Surrealists and their 1989 12" EP Where's Dada? — beyond the fact that they were a Seattle band, and it's a 12" EP from 1989. We do know, thanks to the obsession with him in the comments below, that a shadowy figure known as Erik 4-A was an important part of this band. He appears to have gone on to a long and semi-illustrious local music production career, including work with such acts as The Boss Martians, the Green Pajamas, and The Queen Annes. More recently, according to a source, he was making music under the moniker Howlin' Houndog. And yes, this blog post could not have come to you without the support of, so thanks to them for most of the scanty information we do have. For the rest, we'll turn it over to those who were there at the time.

"Hey 4-A: 'Seattle' is not spelled 'Seatlle.' To put it lightly, '60s influenced! The best cut is 1-1. 2-2 shows certain bit of jealousy on the producers' part of other NW bands/musicians that have actual popular. [? - I wonder if there's a missing label here.] Needs a singer."


"Any publicity is good publicity, I say. Thanks Eric."

"The philosophy of Pat O'Day."

"What's wrong with Pat O'Day anyhow?"

"Nothing! But that is his philosophy."

"A new genre - dipshit rock!"

"Frankly, the album would be better if the other guy (Andy) did all the singing. But you can't fault Erik. Give him several years."

"And remember: In the Seattle music scene, ALL ROADS LEAD TO ERIK 4-A. Think about it. He pops up everywhere, if he's welcome or not."

Related News & Reviews

Review Revue

Review Revue: U-Men - Step on a Bug

This week's Review Revue spotlights the U-Men album Step on a Bug. See what KCMU DJs thought back in the day.

Read More
Review Revue

Review Revue: Robert Cray - Midnight Stroll

This week's Review Revue spotlights the Robert Cray album Midnight Stroll. See what KCMU DJs thought back in the day.

Read More
Review Revue

Review Revue: Kate Bush - The Sensual World

This week's Review Revue spotlights the Kate Bush album The Sensual World. See what KCMU DJs thought back in the day.

Read More