Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Discuss: Surf Music











And you'll never hear...surf music again....

12 comments:

Colin Jones said...

What's surf music ? When I saw the title of the post I assumed it meant the Beach Boys :)

david_b said...

Ohhh, Colin.

There's far more purist surf music than the Beach Boys..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQA0CJlfN3Y

Dick Dale and his Del-Tones are my favs.. Most guitar players think they're hot, but until you master challenging material like classical pieces and surf music.., eh, you're only so-so.

Edo Bosnar said...

Yeah, I'm definitely with David (and Karen, apparently) on this one: I hate it when the Beach Boys or Jan & Dean are the first thing people think of when surf music is mentioned.
And since Karen posted some more recent exemplars of surf music, I'm going to take the liberty to promote my favorite "new" surf band, Croatia's own Bambi Molesters. Here's a link to their first album: Dumb Loud Hollow Twang
And my favorite album of theirs: Sonic Bullets.

Also, a few tracks from their second album:
Intensity!
The Wedge

Anonymous said...

To me, surf music was Hawaii 5-0 and Frankie and Annette. It was later that through a friend's father's record collection that I heard The Beach Boys, The Ventures and Dick Dale. I am in no way a purists but I do like to hear Dick Dale's Misirlou. That is guitar!

The Prowler (Ring ring 7 am, move yourself to go again cold water in the face brings you back to this awful place).

Garett said...

Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet played a surf-inspired theme song for the Kids in the Hall show, called Having an Average Weekend:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-avHA_9SvY
The band didn't like being labelled a surf band though, and later released a song called We're Not a F***ing Surf Band!

Anonymous said...

Even guys like me who grew up and lived in the ass-crack of the United States and never saw the ocean until we got older and were dumb enough the join the military liked surfer music.
That was kind of a long sentence...
mp

Karen said...

A lot of people assume surf music = Beach Boys, which is not surprising considering how they and Jan and Dean and others came along and piggybacked onto what was an instrumental music. But I try when I can to point them to true surf music, which is a) instrumental and b) guiter-driven (although saxophones were big initially).

Songs like Pipeline, Wipe out, Misirlou all exemplify the surf sound. And that sound wouldn't exist without Leo Fender and his contributions via both guitars and amps. The effects surf guitarists heavily utilized, like reverb, went on to affect rock. But surf is mostly a forgotten music today.

david_b said...

Nice mention on KITH's opening theme by Shadowy Men, I had that down pretty well in order to play that at some gigs I was lining up, but never performed it yet.

If you want to impress an audience with your repertoire, it's an easy track to start out with, and it's extremely popular thanks to that beloved show. Just chockfull of awesome attitude and groove.

Also, while last Christmas was a bit stormy for 'yours truely'.., the Venture's Christmas album was certainly a treat to hear around the Christmas tree.

J.A. Morris said...

I'm generally a fan, and I knew what you meant. Instrumental/guitar stuff.

Since Prowler brought up, the 'Hawaii Five-0' theme, did you know Sammy Davis Jr. recorded a version of that theme with lyrics. It happened:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wn06KJNbVEs

Graham said...

I always liked Dick Dale and Link Wray and didn't even realize people still played surf guitar until I picked up a couple of compilation CDs back in the late 90's. I still play those two quite a bit. Teisco Del Rey, Laika & the Cosmonauts, Los Straitjackets, etc... Great stuff that's still cool.

Karen said...

Edo - Croatian surf band:awesome! They sound great. Surf knows no boundaries...

Edo Bosnar said...

Karen, glad you like them.

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