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bonnie bella

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Interesting lineup.  Not to be listened to consecutively, as previously mentioned.

A couple more from this way.  Max Merritt, of the lovely "Slippin Away".



And here's something different from The Drab Doo-Riffs, although not in its entirety, from 2013.  I've always been suspicious of monkeys in Hawaiian shirts myself.





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People with guitars.

The Volcanos -- "Whirlpool" (1996)
youtube.com/watch?v=brX_G9DKg-Y

The Fathoms -- "Fathom This!" (2007)
youtube.com/watch?v=G5r5jWlRj5w

The Sentinals (spelling, guys) -- "Latin'ia" (1962) -- featuring drummer John Barbata, who later belonged to the Turtles, Jefferson Starship, etc.
youtube.com/watch?v=at7N2jIvTnE

The Astronauts -- "Baja" (1963) -- a hit in Southern California, Denver and some other places.
youtube.com/watch?v=UHbcU5ArqBQ

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This showed up in YouTube...Canada's "Surfrajettes", live @ Norman's Rare Guitars.
The song remains unnamed:
youtube.com/watch?v=z1ecLR0JJXE

The first LP I ever bought with my own money was The Ventures/Surfing (1963). Here's my favorite cut,
"Party in Laguna":
youtube.com/watch?v=32mza3pcTg8

I will vote at some point....

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Tom, sure enough, I’ve had these on high rotation for the last few days. They’re all worthy. ‘Bombora’ would have to be the hardest to play. It’s outrageous. I’ve always hoped a host would use it in a week.

The surf culture is very big here and was thriving in the ‘60s. I think Al (Forsyth) knows more about our surf champions than I do. I used ‘Hangin’ Five’ by the Delltones back in Week 20. They were members of a Sydney surf lifesaving club. A large part of our population live on or near the coastline and many, many young men and women (and plenty of not so young) surf. Even I own a surfboard, though I’ve never managed to stay vertical on it for more than a few seconds. In my early teens, we used to live in Frankston, Victoria, overlooking Port Phillip Bay. It was then that I really discovered and got into the music of the Beach Boys. It just seemed the natural thing to do for a young music nut who lived on the beach. And so it began.

Gold - Bombora (The Atlantics - 1963)
You have to hand it to these guys. They were all 19 when they recorded this. That it became a cult classic in the States in testament to its quality. Australian records, in fact virtually anything that wasn’t American, just didn’t get a release in the US back then, never mind airplay. About four years ago, a guy came to one of my gigs and told me he was Jim Skiathitas from the Atlantics. I was pretty sure he was legit but joked that I wanted to see his driver’s licence. He produced it and sure enough. I picked his brain for the next 10 minutes. I’m a sucker for that kind of stuff. Warm and friendly bloke. When I got home, I made sure I did my research on Jim and the group. The clip you’ve posted features the group. That’s Bosco Bosanic on the bass, Peter Hood on drums, Jim on lead and Theo Penglis on rhythm. That’s also the line-up in the photo below. Peter and Jim (and Bosco until recently) still play in the group (clip below). Later in the clip you’ve posted, you can spot them again in a record store watching a young store attendant placing the vinyl inside the LP cover. I have that record. I have the cover laminated and I display it, along with 119 others, on the walls at our ‘60s tribute shows. ‘Bombora’ is occasionally requested, and our former lead guitarist was very keen to do it. I tried learning it, but that manic rhythm is impossible for me to play. [bawl]


Image result for The Atlantics

Silver - Wedding Cake Island (Midnight Oil - 1980)
I never imagined Midnight Oil’s long overdue first entry in the Battle would a surf instrumental! I know Peter Garrett was a surfer (have seen photos of him prior to head shave) and apparently he recorded a vocal for this, but it was wiped. It’s not exactly ‘US forces give the nod….’, is it?! Pleasantly surprised. They have all the sounds down with a melody that lingers. There’s even a sound like a porpoise at the end. Bravo for finding this record. How did you do it?

Bronze - Kon-Tiki (The Shadows - 1961)   
Another long overdue debut entry for a legendary group that never had success in the US. That they came before the Beatles was probably to their detriment, because once the Beatles had knocked down that wall (the Capitol one), we all know the British acts became flavor of the month in the States. Even Freddie and the Dreamers, Peter and Gordon. The Shadows missed the boat. Maybe America thought it had the Ventures and didn’t need these guys. Of course, their sidekick Cliff Richard also took over another 10 years to crack it for a US Top 10 hit. Lead guitarist Hank B Marvin lives in Perth, Western Australia these days. As for the song, it’s not up with their best (although it was a big hit, including #1 in the UK), but is still a tune that stayed with me, and there’s no way I could give the Shads my Tin. I also have that album in the clip, and it also features on our wall of fame. Note: the drummer on this is Tony Meehan, the same guy who auditioned the Beatles at Decca on January 1st, 1962.

Participant - High Surf (Miami Dan & the Hayes Street Band - 2017)
Yes, Danny was a regular contributor here for a few years. I was aware of your involvement in liner notes and a review of one of his albums, Tom. The track is worthy, and credit to him for asking David Marks to play on it. I gave these four songs multiple listens for days, but this was the tune that escaped me. It’s probably just not as strong as the others. It’s stiff opposition.


(recorded in the late ‘90s, featuring three of the original line-up – bass, drums and lead)

(This topped the charts in many countries, and we play it as the first song in the second half of our ‘60s show.)

(Despite the name, I don’t think these guys play surf instrumentals)

 

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This showed up in YouTube...Canada's "Surfrajettes", live @ Norman's Rare Guitars.


Nice find, t bed, alias King of Hip (not hip replacements). 

Those gals fight for the right to play fine ghee-tar music.

Amused at how Norm sounds like they're all the way from Canada, as if they walked all the way down to his shop. Don't go confusing Canada with Timbuktu now!  [nono]



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Originally Posted by t bedford
This showed up in YouTube...Canada's "Surfrajettes", live @ Norman's Rare Guitars.
The song remains unnamed:
youtube.com/watch?v=z1ecLR0JJXE

The first LP I ever bought with my own money was The Ventures/Surfing (1963). Here's my favorite cut,
"Party in Laguna":
youtube.com/watch?v=32mza3pcTg8

If my ears don't deceive me, the Surfrajettes are playing "Mr. Moto", originally performed by the Bel-Aires. I posted Agent Orange's punk version earlier this week. The original from 1961:
youtube.com/watch?v=dgHFxPGMg4M

Speaking of the Ventures -- 

"The Lonely Sea" (a surf ballad, also from their Surfing album but not to be confused with Brian's "Lonely Sea")
youtube.com/watch?v=PkwSxAsbNQM

"Wipeout" (this is the Ventures cover from their 1963 album Let's Go; nobody says "wipeout")
youtube.com/watch?v=iu_Tt2uNvmY


Finally, the Chantays kind of covered their own big hit "Pipeline". Maybe it should have been called "Beyond Pipeline" instead of "Beyond", because it starts the same way and continues that way in the background.
youtube.com/watch?v=9oU2coK0OQc

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I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm sure enjoying all these interesting surf rock instrumentals and groups that you all are finding and posting this week. 

John B, Lisa (aka Gidget!), and Darren, thanks for your votes, as well as your comments and additional songs/videos (Darren). And Larry, bonnie, and t, thanks for all the additional songs, groups, and information you've added to this week's mix. 

John B, sounds like you've had the opportunity to try your hand at surfing in several distinct bodies of water -- good for you! Interesting to see that Midnight Oil got your gold vote. When I was doing my homework for this week's battle, it was a real surprise to me that surf rock music was one of their inspirations, and this song is quite credible as a surf rock instrumental. And, considering that "Sail On" was voted the top song by your senior class, I can certainly see why you voted for the Ramones' instead!

Larry, so many more good song/group adds to the mix! Thanks for all these finds. Given their unusual name, I had to look up Laika and the Cosmonauts and learned that they were a Finnish band from a few decades ago who took their name from the name of a Soviet space dog that died aboard Sputnik 2 in 1957 -- go figure! I really liked the latter day (1990s+) Volcanos -- they sound like the real deal. Who'd have ever thought they hailed from Detroit, far from any ocean. And Johnny Barbata starting out in the little-known Sentinals from San Luis Obispo -- fascinating! Good call with "Baja" by the Astronauts -- a minor classic that's on at least a couple of the best of surf rock compilation CDs I have. Regarding the Ventures, I have to say I don't like their cover versions of songs as much as their original hits (e.g., Walk, Don't Run, Hawaii 5-0). And, man, that "Beyond" by the Chantays was a lame attempt at another hit, nearly a duplication of their hit "Pipeline" sound from a year or two earlier. Good call regarding the Surfrajettes' cover of "Mr. Moto", another minor classic. 

bonnie, more good finds. I really liked New Zealand's Max Merritt & The Meteors' "Soft Surfie" from the early 60s. I wasn't aware that New Zealand also had surf bands back in the day. And, I don't know where you dug up the space/surf nugget "Aquatic Ape Theory" but it was a hoot. And it looked like Spock from the original Star Trek even made a cameo appearance near the end of the video. 

t, what a cool find with Canada's Surfrajettes! They were quite good and fun to watch. Just goes to show you don't need a full band to sound good if you know what you're doing. Gotta love that whammy bar and the surf rock reverb sound!

Lisa, speaking of not-so-distant Canada. Last month, my wife and I took a three week vacation in the Northern Rockies, including a week in Canada, covering four National Parks in the mountains -- Kootenay, Jasper, Banff, and Waterton/Glacier in British Columbia and Alberta, before we came back to the northern US Rockies and Black Hills region for a couple weeks. What a beautiful part of your country (other than the sometimes heavy smoke from the widespread wildfires in the western US and Canada. In fact, Kootenay was sometimes referred to as "lightning alley" because of their regular wildfires). 

Darren, thanks, as always for your thoroughly considered votes, commentaries, and additional songs/videos. I knew surfing was big in Australia too, but I didn't know whether the surfing (and surf music) craze there came before or after it hit in California and the US. Thanks for the additional background about the Atlantics. Until I did my research for this week, I was not previously aware of this group or song, but it certainly grew on me. Man, those guys play fast -- those drums and guitars are quite frenetic and good! And I was even more surprised when I found "Wedding Cake Island" by Midnight Oil -- I would never have associated them with surf rock, based on the few other songs of theirs I had heard in the past, especially the MTV favorite "Beds Are Burning":


Thanks also for the testimonials about England's legendary Shadows. As popular as pop/rock instrumentals were in the early/mid-60s, I'm amazed that they didn't crack the charts in the US. I'm sure they would have been a hit here too, though they may have been seen as rivals to the lesser (in my personal opinion) American favorites, the Ventures. Thanks also for sharing their first big international hit "Apache". In the US, the big hit version was by Denmark's Jorgan Ingmann, who released his version several months after the Shadow's version became a hit. For those not familiar with the Shadows' music, here's another one of their early instrumental hits, "Man of Mystery" from 1960:



Yes, Miami Dan's song is up against some stiff competition and well-known groups this week, but I thought it deserved exposure and recognition against some other more famous groups and to illustrate how it fit into the surf rock genre that inspired the song, even though it is more laid-back than most of the surf rock instrumentals we've heard this week (mellow surf rock for us aging boomers, perhaps?). One thing that has impressed me about Miami Dan and his band is how much they have progressed musically since their first album, and that's a good sign for any band and songwriter. And they take the time to make their music and production sound very good with numerous instruments and guest artists on a number of their songs. Miami Dan is meticulous about how his songs are recorded and produced, and his high quality album art, liner notes, and videos show what a labor of love they are.  

Before I close for now, I might as well throw into the mix a few more lesser-known surf rock instrumentals:
Here's "Banzai Washout" by the Catalinas, with Hal Blaine on drums:


And this minor classic, "Penetration" by the Pyramids (of Long Beach, California) from 1963/64:


Finally, this fine surf rock version of the old instrumental classic "Malaguena" from 1964 by the Trashmen (of "Surfin' Bird" fame):


Still two more days for everyone to cast their votes, add their comments, and toss in more surf rock instrumentals before we close out this week's battle. As for myself, I'm still wrestling with how to rank this week's battle songs.
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Darren J. Ray

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Cindy, my money is on Mike making a comeback. 

These high school guys who write poetry and already have a beard are a rare breed [biggrin] 
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This is odd and says something about the Southern California recording industry in the early 60s.

The Centurians, later known as the Centurions, put out an album in 1963. It was called Surfers' Pajama Party ("Recorded Live On The U.C.L.A. Campus"). So did the Bruce Johnston Surfing Band. That was not the name for their album the Centurians were expecting:

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From the Del-Fi Discography: DFLP-1228 - Surfer's Pajama Party - Centurians [1963] For some reason, possibly a mistake at the pressing plant, the Centurians album was released using the same catalog number as Bruce Johnston's "Surfer's Pajama Party". The cover is almost the same, being slightly modified by taking the titles off the front and removing "With the Bruce Johnston Surfing Band ". The record is completely different... 


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Bruce Johnston was not involved with the Centurians. But on the back of both albums there are helpful instructions on making your own pajama party and a little biography of Mr. Johnston:

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Bruce Johnston, a student at U.C.L.A...piano player, composer, singer and one of the best surfers in Southern California [really?] has played for approximately 150 pajama parties throughout Los Angeles and has also gained recognition as a recording artist with his  release of "Surfer's Stomp" on Donna Records.

The front and back of the Centurians album are shown here:
https://www.hhv.de/shop/en/item/centurions-the-centurians-bullwinkle-part-ii-surfers-pajama-party-recorded-live-on-the-u-c-l-a-campus-534528


The Centurians -- "Intoxica"
youtube.com/watch?v=xiwmOPBOCBw

"Bullwinkle Part II" -- also from the Pulp Fiction soundtrack and superior to their "Bullwinkle"
youtube.com/watch?v=OuTyvah8xxk


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I've been hanging five all week (trying to avoid the gremmies & ho-dads).

GOLD: “Bombora”, the Atlantics

SILVER: “Kon-Tiki”, the Shadows

BRONZE: “High Surf”, Miami Dan & The Hayes Street Band, featuring David Marks

TIN: “Wedding Cake Island”, Midnight Oil (Someone left the cake out in the surf?)



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My votes :

Gold -“Kon-Tiki”, the Shadows (1961)

Silver-“Bombora”, the Atlantics (1963)

Bronze-“High Surf”, Miami Dan & The Hayes Street Band, featuring David Marks (2018)

Tin-“Wedding Cake Island”, Midnight Oil (1980)
 

Have to go with The Shads for gold as I think the 2nd or 3rd 45rpm I ever bought was by The Shadows .(see below)

Wonderful Land by The Shadows (probably not really surfy)



It was a big shock when Jet HARRIS the bass guitarist left The Shadows ....but he came up with a hit :




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Enjoyed listening to them all.  

Gold “Bombora”, the Atlantics (1963)  Love the energy.  

Silver -“Kon-Tiki”, the Shadows (1961) Surely the 'best of the instrumental groups.


Bronze -“Wedding Cake Island”, Midnight Oil (1980) Forgot about this. They captured the '60s surf feel

Tin -“High Surf”, Miami Dan & The Hayes Street Band, featuring David Marks (2018) Nothing wrong with this.  Also very enjoyable.


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Over and out again.

The Surfaris -- "Point Panic" and "Waikiki Run" (two sides of a 1963 single)
youtube.com/watch?v=HmfxWN07sww

youtube.com/watch?v=z1mcnyaIcvc

The Eliminators -- "Dawn Patrol" (1995)
youtube.com/watch?v=dhJhyZ7lZyg

The Space Cossacks -- "Solaris Stomp" (1998)
youtube.com/watch?v=4R8hwJWaxKs

And of course:

The Beach Boys -- "Surf Jam"
youtube.com/watch?v=5p7hPsNgUAc

Good week, Tom.

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Here's a couple more







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  Season 9 Week 32...Surf Rock Instrumentals

               1)Wedding Cake Island....Love the mood it creates

               2)High Surf...another cool mood setter

               3)Bombora….Very nostalgic and really rocks


                4)Kon Tiki….Has a classic Hawaiian sound and is also to good for tin !!


                                     I have to say I liked all four !!!!!!!!
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