Surf music

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by megatroptimus, Sep 14, 2021.

  1. megatroptimus

    megatroptimus Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Already listening to the following:

    Surftronics (they only have one album, but it's a killer one! check it out on Youtube)
    S.C.O.T.S. (they have recorded a fair number of surf-ish tunes over the years)
    R.E.M. (they have a few too: White Tornado, Airliner, Surfing the Ganges, Tricycle, 165 Hillcrest)

    Still trying to locate a few Surfaris recordings. I also have a Beach Boys compilation.

    Are there good modern bands like the Surftronics playing instrumental surf music?
  2. simoncm

    simoncm Forum Resident

    Don't know about modern bands, but check out The Lively Ones and Dick Dale.
  3. TheDailyBuzzherd

    TheDailyBuzzherd Forum Resident

    Northeast USA
    “You’ll never hear Surf Music again.”

    Then came “Pulp Fiction”.
  4. MJConroy

    MJConroy Forum Resident

    East Coast
  5. Yawndave

    Yawndave Forum Resident

    Santa Clara CA
    Speaking of surf music, I was looking at Ventures albums on Amazon yesterday and I saw this:


    For twelve bucks and change it looks like a deal. Does anyone have this?
  6. troggy

    troggy Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow

    Benton, Illinois
    Los Straitjackets have been around for a long time.

    Back in the 90's, there were a lot of bands doing surf instrumentals. I have stuff by The Bomboras, Boss Martians, Huevos Rancheros, Jon & the Nightriders, Phantom Surfers, Satan's Pilgrims and probably several others.
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  7. Carrman

    Carrman Forum Resident

    Keb Darge has some great compilations you should look for, mostly older stuff but great tunes.

    A friend of mine runs a surf rock radio show online. Good place to find bands.

    The Surfphony of Derstruction 2000 - SURFROCKRADIO.COM

    A big, annual live show I've been missing here in Toronto is he Great Lakes Surf Battle, great roster of current bands every year.

    Log into Facebook (the link should take you to the page here)

    Probably the most well known from this area is the Surfrajettes, they tour a lot so keep an eye out for them in your area.

  8. Larry Schmidt

    Larry Schmidt Well-Known Member

    The Mermen, Jim Thomas is an awesome guitarist, one of the best.
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  9. BSU

    BSU Forum Resident

    Bandcamp has a decent surf selection and so does Green Noise Records.


    The only issue is a lot of surf is on European labels so finding domestic distribution is sometimes hard.

    Sundazed Music has some compilations called Lost Legends of Surf Guitar. They are really good and available on Ebay.
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  10. Schu

    Schu Trippin' The Lights Fantastic!

    There is tones of great surf music out there right now, check out releases on Double Crown Records (US) and Green Cookie (Greece).

    I would recommend any release from the following:
    -Frankie and the Pool Boys
    -The Mermen
    -The Madeira
    -The Exotics
    -The Atomic Mosquitos
    -The TomorrowMen
    -The Surf Coasters
    -The Insect Surfers
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  11. Toad of the Short Forest

    Toad of the Short Forest Forum Resident

    90220 Compton
    Surf music is great!

    Some of my favorite lesser-known groups are:

    The Impacts
    Jim Messina & His Jesters
    The Sentinals
    The Lively Ones
    The Challengers
    The Chantays
    The Ryhthm Rockers

    Those are all from the early 60s. I don't know much surf revival, but I can reccommend the SurfDusters (from the 90s I think).

    And if you want a comprehensive compilation of vintage and revival surf I would suggest hearing this: Cowabunga! - The Surf Box (1996, CD)

    Here's a link to the opening track off of that Jim Messina/Jesters album (and yes, it is that Jim Messina). The whole album has great energy and is one of my favorites.

  12. The Eliminators have 3 great albums:

    Ultra Sonic
    Room to Move
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  13. analog74

    analog74 Forum Resident

    I'm curious as well. So far have only found the back cover. The bottom note makes it iffy
    Also Reel To Reel music is the successor of Real Gone music. [​IMG]
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  14. mbd40

    mbd40 Steely Dan Fan

    Hope, Ar
    Man or Astroman
  15. Beyond Mania

    Beyond Mania Forum Resident

    Los Angeles
    Satan's Pilgrims
  16. Yawndave

    Yawndave Forum Resident

    Santa Clara CA
    I was really surprised by this tune when I got Marty Stuart's Way Out West; I didn't expect surf music at all!

  17. Schu

    Schu Trippin' The Lights Fantastic!

  18. Yawndave

    Yawndave Forum Resident

    Santa Clara CA
    Recommended reading while you're surfin' these tasty tunes: Taschen's Vintage Surfing


    Lots of great images and graphics. My only complaint about it is the small format. They really should've issued this as a big coffee table book.
  19. Manapua

    Manapua Forum Resident

    My brother played the album Five Summer Stories by Honk endlessly in our house:

    Honk - Pipeline Sequence

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  20. Kevin Howard

    Kevin Howard Forum Resident

    Oakland, CA
    Laika and the Cosmonauts
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  21. PacificOceanBlue

    PacificOceanBlue Senior Member

    The Southwest
    I am not overly familiar with contemporary surf music, but I have a number of fantastic compilations of vintage surf music. A great starting place is Rhino's Cowabunga! The Surf Box, which not only covers key years and key recordings from the 1960's, but has a 4th disc that showcases some latter period work from the late 1970's through the mid 1990's.
  22. DPK

    DPK Forum Resident

    Lexington, SC
    Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet

  23. Sebastian saglimbenI

    Sebastian saglimbenI Forum Resident

    New york
    Funny I picked this c.d. up at this year's r.s.d. as I am not a vinyl person......I also highly recommend the 2 albums by THE RAYBEATS.....only 1 was ever properly reissue on c.d.....the other remains vinyl only.....sadly!A great late 70's/ 80's band!
  24. tumbledweeb

    tumbledweeb Forum Resident

    Some newer acts like the Allah- la’s self titled album and also Real Estate have a melancholy surf sound that hits the right spot for me sometimes.
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    DEAN OF ROCK Forum Resident

    Hoover, AL
    Dave Alvin’s cover of “Mr. Moto”

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