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Old 01-18-2020, 11:49 PM
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I love surf rock!

Any recommendations for good surf rock tunes?

So far I've got:

The Surfaris - Wipe Out
The Venturas - Walk Don't Run
The Atlantics - Bombora
The Shadows - Apache

Obviously I know a lot more but are there any I might have missed?
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I wanted to avoid the Pixies if possible. I put together a Spotify surf rock playlist and it became inadvertently dominated by the Pixies because all their songs are so good so you can't leave any out. The Pixies are banned from this thread because they are too good!
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I wanted to avoid the Pixies if possible. I put together a Spotify surf rock playlist and it became inadvertently dominated by the Pixies because all their songs are so good so you can't leave any out. The Pixies are banned from this thread because they are too good!
Fair enough.
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If you want a bit of a curveball, try the fabulous Messer Chups, a Russian band/musical project from St. Petersburg who specialize in some sort of surf-spy-horror movie soundtrack-type music.
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Old 01-19-2020, 12:38 AM
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Yeah Messer Chups sound interesting.

Liking the Mermen sound - listening now. Will have to check out further, clearly.
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Old school, check out Davie Allan. The best modern practitioners are Los Straitjackets. Their song “Pacifica” is a masterpiece.
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The Blue Hawaiians - here's their cover of "Baja".
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dick dale has had this genre locked down since the 50s .....
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More of them.

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"Mr. Surfer Goes Jazzin'" - The Brian Setzer Orchestra
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Old 01-19-2020, 02:27 AM
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The Imperial March from Star Wars - surf style - by 42 Ford Prefect
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The Red Elvises - El Nio
I love this song, it's in my daily random playlist.

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I have this CD collection of various artists. I don't think many of them are famous, but they are all good. Couldn't find a downloadable copy but I didn't look very hard. It's called Beyond the Beach:

https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Beach-...s=music&sr=1-1
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Agree with Dick Dale, the Mermen (great spacy instrumentals) and Los Straitjackets (though they are not strictly speaking surf-oriented).

Other fine practitioners of instrumental surf rock or that overlaps with the surf genre are Laika and the Cosmonauts and the Aqua Velvets.

Do not miss the Reverend Horton Heat's "I Can't Surf".
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Man or Astroman? is another surf rock revival band worth checking out. For a sample, here's their cover of Goldfinger and Taxidermist Surf.

From surf rock's first wave, Jack Nitzsche's The Lonely Surfer.
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How about a little Link Wray?

The classic: "Rumble" There's a short interview with Link about how he wrote it as well.

"Jack the Ripper"

"Rawhide"

"Switchblade"
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Is there some reason why no one has yet mentioned the Beach Boys in this thread? I'd have thought a number of their sons to be obvious mainstays of any surf-rock playlist, but over a dozen posts in this thread have yet to offer those, maybe someone can explain to me what I'm missing here. The OP didn't explicitly exclude them that I can see.
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Is there some reason why no one has yet mentioned the Beach Boys in this thread? I'd have thought a number of their sons to be obvious mainstays of any surf-rock playlist, but over a dozen posts in this thread have yet to offer those, maybe someone can explain to me what I'm missing here. The OP didn't explicitly exclude them that I can see.
Surf music usually describes a genre of guitar-centric instrumentals with plenty of reverb and tremolo; not music ABOUT surfing like many Beach Boys songs.
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Surf music usually describes a genre of guitar-centric instrumentals with plenty of reverb and tremolo; not music ABOUT surfing like many Beach Boys songs.
Yes, but...
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All the good ones are taken, so I'll throw out Best Coast. Lazy, slacker West Coast surf music.
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Local surf rock band Krakatoa. And here they are doing Miserlou
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That led me to The Trashmen covering "Miserlou".
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If you want a bit of a curveball, try the fabulous Messer Chups, a Russian band/musical project from St. Petersburg who specialize in some sort of surf-spy-horror movie soundtrack-type music.
If you're going to plug quirky Russian surf-rock bands, why not The Red Elvises? I see Face Intentionally Left Blank already linked to "El Nio", so let me instead direct everyone to their rendition of Brahms's Hungarian Dance № 5, which I enjoy much more.
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34 posts and no one has yet raved about the musical genius of Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet?

You all may already be familiar with "Having an Average Weekend", which served as the theme tune to The Kids in the Hall, but lots of their other songs are just as good. I particularly like "Bennet Cerf" and "Our Weapons are Useless".
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Ooooooo! My favorite genre of instrumental music! I'll throw a few in no one has mentioned:

The Belairs - Squad Car
The Hollywood Persuaders - Drums A Go Go
The Bomboras - Third Star To The Left
The Centurians - Bullwinkle Part 2, Comanche and Intoxica - That record rules. Every track sounds great, and it's so loose I have no doubt that the whole thing is recorded live, even if I doubt the claim it is done on UCLA's campus.
The Vice Barons - Fuzzy 'n Wild
The Mummies - The Fly (most dynamic organ player, with some bad words at the end)


One band that's like the Pixies - not really a surf rock band, but there's a hell of a lot of surf rock in them - is The Oh Sees - Tidal Wave. However, they're as likely to veer off into stoner rock or their own particular melding of new wave, surf rock, stoner rock, and actual metal. They've got around 21 albums out as of this writing, so you could just listen to them for a few days without repeating.
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Other surf rock groups to check out: the Aqualads, the Atlantics, Supertones and Insect Surfers. All good but to me a cut below the Mermen and Los Straitjackets.

Dang, but a brief search turns up a bunch of newer bands for me to investigate (including an all female group called "Daddy Issues").

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If you're going to plug quirky Russian surf-rock bands, why not The Red Elvises?
Well, because I don't know the Red Elvises and Messer Chups (and predecessor Messer fr Frau Mller) has been one of my favorite bands for almost two decades.
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Be sure to check out Dick Dale and Stevie Ray Vaughan tearing up “Pipeline.” Amazing!

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rock band, but there's a hell of a lot of surf rock in them - is The Oh Sees - Tidal Wave.
Yeah, if we're going surf-music-influence-in-Indie rather than straight-up surf, the OP may like MGMT - It's Workling. Definitely reminds me of a more lushly produced Pixies surf-influenced tune.
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There is a radio show from the local college that has been going on for a while and it is all about instrumental surf rock. It's called "Storm Surge of Reverb" and the DJ is the most spazzy guy ever. It is every Monday (so today!) from 4-6pm Central time.

http://www.wtulneworleans.com/stream-wtul

Check it out this afternoon!
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I have no knowledge on this subject but I did enjoy a recent podcast quiz/episode that featured a surf rock quiz:

Go Fact Yourself, Ep. 46 and starting at about minute 45 they bounce around a bit and then get to the surf rock quiz- and a special guest expert for any surf rock fans. It's an enjoyable quiz and chat podcast FWIW.
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For a deep dive into the old school stuff, you can't do much better than Rhino's Cowabunga box set. 3 disks dedicated to 60s material, and a 4th disk covering the late-70s to mid-90s revival.

It would be interesting to see an updated version that covers more recent stuff (the set was released in 1996).
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Ooooooo! My favorite genre of instrumental music! I'll throw a few in no one has mentioned:

The Belairs - Squad Car
The Hollywood Persuaders - Drums A Go Go
The Bomboras - Third Star To The Left
The Centurians - Bullwinkle Part 2, Comanche and Intoxica - That record rules. Every track sounds great, and it's so loose I have no doubt that the whole thing is recorded live, even if I doubt the claim it is done on UCLA's campus.
The Vice Barons - Fuzzy 'n Wild
The Mummies - The Fly (most dynamic organ player, with some bad words at the end)


One band that's like the Pixies - not really a surf rock band, but there's a hell of a lot of surf rock in them - is The Oh Sees - Tidal Wave. However, they're as likely to veer off into stoner rock or their own particular melding of new wave, surf rock, stoner rock, and actual metal. They've got around 21 albums out as of this writing, so you could just listen to them for a few days without repeating.
This post, and this WHOLE THREAD, is full of win. That Mummies performance had me smiling from ear to ear. The Centurians songs were familiar, so I looked and found they were in Tarantino movies, done by someone else - but not done better. I'm still working my way through your list, so I may find more gems yet.

Was poking through this thread yesterday and youtube suggestions took me on a tour of psychobilly that I also enjoyed. Great thread, or GREATEST thread?

You could make a playlist from this thread and play it in the background while working your way through Fallout 4's storyline. It would make a better radio station than the in-game one, and it works thematically. Especially the Red Elvis songs, if you've ever seen Six-String Samarai.
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Here are a few that hopefully have not been mentioned yet:

Jon & The Nightriders https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...he+Nightriders

Slacktone - Coffin Closer https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...+Coffin+Closer

Surf Coasters - Last Train https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...s+-+Last+Train

The Belairs -Baggies https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...lairs_+Baggies

The Blazers - Bangalore https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...rs+-+Bangalore

The Pharos - Pintor https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...HAROS+-+Pintor

The Run-A-Bouts - Wild Fire https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...ts+-+wild+fire

The Shadows - The Rise And Fall of Flingel Bunt https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...f+flingel+bunt

The Surf Raiders - Tsunami https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...ders+-+Tsunami
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Junior Brown's "Surf Medley" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bHWhbu_mbk
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"Beach Buggy"

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Clearly, Youtube has been keeping track of my searches, as this showed up in my recommended list. It's Bob Berryhill telling the story of "Wipeout." I found it quite enjoyable. I didn't realize it was just pretty much composed and recorded on the spot as a B-side to "Surfer Joe." Fun story.
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Some excellent recommendations in here. I haven't seen one for The Penetrators, Checkpoint Echo.
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This post, and this WHOLE THREAD, is full of win. That Mummies performance had me smiling from ear to ear. The Centurians songs were familiar, so I looked and found they were in Tarantino movies, done by someone else - but not done better. I'm still working my way through your list, so I may find more gems yet.

Was poking through this thread yesterday and youtube suggestions took me on a tour of psychobilly that I also enjoyed. Great thread, or GREATEST thread?

You could make a playlist from this thread and play it in the background while working your way through Fallout 4's storyline. It would make a better radio station than the in-game one, and it works thematically. Especially the Red Elvis songs, if you've ever seen Six-String Samarai.
Damn, you made me tear up, there. I'm serious.

It really is a beautiful and somewhat underappreciated form, but dammit, it is gorgeous. It somewhat has a tendency to kind of hit a period where it gets self-reflective like jazz or classical music, but its comparative rawness, newness and still being somewhat of a self-conscious novelty kind of keeps it relevant and re-inventing itself. I loves it.

Dammit, by-tor that's a nice list.

I gotta throw a bit more out there. Yeah, Man or Asrto-Man, is just too great. They pushed the form in the 90's when most others were trying to simply out-garage a lot of earlier tracks. Nobody's mentioned Telstar so far. It's kind of the origin of electronic hit music, and well, Man or Astro-Man kind of took it full circle with 1000x. I loves them.

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