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Video Du Jour: Muscle Beach Party!

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , on June 8, 2012 by 30daysout

We’re goin’ to see the Beach Boys tonight, playing in Houston. Hope it doesn’t rain! Here we are, headin’ up to the outdoor concert venue.

Not really – it’s from the 1964 flick Muscle Beach Party, with Frankie, Annette and Dick Dale. Little Stevie Wonder’s in it too. What does this have to do with the Beach Boys? Songs for the movie were written by Roger Christian, Gary Usher and Brian Wilson, the unholy gods of everything surf.

The Beach Boys official website

Summertime! (And it’s time for surfin’)

Posted in Lost Classics! with tags , , , , , , , on June 12, 2011 by 30daysout

When it gets warm here along the Texas gulf coast, it’s time to hit the water. Myself, I tend to stick poolside but many of my Lone Star brethren (and sister-en) like to head for the beach, were there is plenty of surfing to be done.

I can’t tell you for certain if the waves off the Texas coast are good enough for surfing, but I am fairly certain they are nothing like California or Hawaii. My surfing interest faded when I was about 12, when I took a sharp smack on the forehead from a beginner board at McFaddin Beach – I decided to become a ho-dad for life.

The closest I came to surfing after that was when I cued up a surf tune on the turntable. So, here are some surfin’ (and car ridin’ down to the beach) tunes.  The final song is a Beach Boys ringer from their final (terrible) album, tossed in here just as a goofy foot kinda thing.  Or something. (Those last two sentences recycled from last year, kinda like using the remnants of a 2010 bottle of suntan lotion.)

MP3: “Surfin’ Bird” by the Trashmen

MP3: “Devil Surf” by Chiyo and the Crescents

MP3: “Surf Beat” by Dick Dale & the Del-Tones

MP3: “Dr. Who Goes Surfing” by the Surfin’ Guitarist

MP3: “Muscle Beach Party” by Annette Funicello

MP3: “Malibu” by Bruce Johnston (pre-Beach Boys)

MP3: “I’m Surfing” by George Husak

MP3: “Bird Dance Beat” by the Trashmen

MP3: “Moment Of Truth” by the Surf Teens

MP3: “Tell ‘Em I’m Surfin’ ” by Jan & Dean

MP3: “Secret Surfing Spot” by Dick Dale & the Del-Tones

MP3: “Stoked” by the Beach Boys

MP3: “California Street” by the Jalopy Five

MP3: “Surfer’s Stomp” by the Mar-Kets

MP3: “The Hearse” by the Astronauts

MP3: “Theme from Endless Summer” by the Sandals

MP3: “Jersey Channel Islands Part 7” by Bruce Johnston (still pre-Beach Boys)

MP3: “Surfin’ (1992 version)” by the Beach Boys

Surf’s Up?

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , on March 25, 2010 by 30daysout

The other day I heard someone say that late March-early April is a prime time for surfin’ off the Texas coast.  Didn’t know the Gulf of Mexico had any decent waves to speak of, in fact although I grew up along the upper Gulf Coast I don’t know a thing about surfing.  Would that make me a ho-dad?

Well, I do know this: the best surf music came out in the early 1960s.  So while our wave-riding bros are down in Galveston and Corpus waiting to hang ten on the right wave, here are some surfin’ (and car ridin’ down to the beach) tunes.  The final song is a Beach Boys ringer from their final (terrible) album, tossed in here just as a goofy foot kinda thing.  Or something.

MP3: “Devil Surf” by Chiyo and the Crescents

MP3: “Surf Beat” by Dick Dale & the Del-Tones

MP3: “Dr. Who Goes Surfing” by the Surfin’ Guitarist

MP3: “Malibu” by Bruce Johnston (pre-Beach Boys)

MP3: “Bird Dance Beat” by the Trashmen

MP3: “Moment Of Truth” by the Surf Teens

MP3: “Tell ‘Em I’m Surfin’ ” by Jan & Dean

MP3: “Stoked” by the Beach Boys

MP3: “California Street” by the Jalopy Five

MP3: “The Hearse” by the Astronauts

MP3: “Jersey Channel Islands Part 7” by Bruce Johnston (still pre-Beach Boys)

MP3: “Surfin’ (1992 version)” by the Beach Boys