The Vinyl Frontier #3 - Surf Music!

Posted by Joe Goldmark, December 8, 2011 02:45pm | Post a Comment

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When Jimi Hendrix joked that “you’ll never hear surf music again,” in his song “Third Stone from the Sun,” he was only four years removed from the heyday of the surf music craze. However in 1967, with psychedelic music flourishing in the midst of the hippie movement, surf music seemed incredibly square and white, like ancient history.

Surf music started out as reverb-drenched instrumental garage music by the likes of Dick Dale and The Bel-Aires and was centered in Southern California. In 1961, The Beach Boys recorded the song “Surfin’,” and a genre was born. By 1964, car themes were also included.

Living in California, there’s still an abundance of surf related vinyl to be found in your favorite record haunts. At Amoeba, there’s also many vinyl reissues of classic albums, such as the Sundazed Dick Dale series. And we recently enjoyed having Brian Wilson sign his Smile reissue at the S.F. and Hollywood stores.

Here’s some live clips of the original hits:

Pipeline - The Chantays

Surf City - Jan & Dean

Surfer Girl – Beach Boys

Here’s some of the early bands and tunes before it was even called “surf” music.

Mr. Moto - Bel-Aires

Let’s Go Trippin’ – Dick Dale

Surfin’ – Beach Boys

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