The Surfaris: Hit City 64/ Fun City USA (US

A Glendora, CA, surf group remembered for "Wipe Out," the number two 1963 hit that ranks as one of the great rock instrumentals, featuring a classic up-and-down guitar riff and a classic solo drum roll break, both of which were emulated by millions (the number is no exaggeration) of beginning rock & rollers. They recorded an astonishing number of albums (about half a dozen) and singles in the mid-'60s; the "Wipe Out" follow-up, "Point Panic," was the only one to struggle up to the middle of the charts. The Surfaris were not extraordinary, but they were more talented than the typical one-shot surf group; drummer Ron Wilson was praised by session stickman extraordinaire Hal Blaine, and his uninhibited splashing style sounds like a direct ancestor to Keith Moon. He also took the lead vocals on the group's occasional Beach Boys imitations.

...served by germt (on january 28th) ...


Jim From Andros said...

Great records,Great Band, Great Era ,its one of my favorites. Althought I dont belong to this generation I imagine myself lying on the beach under Californian sun

Anonymous said...

i saw your blog today for the first time and i am very surprised. Very extraordanary music. I downloaded already 'het' a strange dutch group from the sixties and i saw a few others, i've not hear them for quite a long time. It's a pity the link of 'the sandy coast' don't work anymore. But i'm sure i will visit your blog frequently. Thanks. Jan from Leiden, Netherlands