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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

Unlikely hit (almost) tops British pop charts

Posted in News with tags , on December 29, 2010 by 30daysout

Leave it to the Brits – in an ultimate act of flippin’ the bird to Simon Cowell and his ilk, real music fans in the United Kingdom have sent the 1963 rock classic “Surfin’ Bird” by the Trashmen to the upper reaches of the U.K. Pop single charts.

According to this story in the Los Angeles Times, British music fans wanted to keep the latest assembly-line pop ditty from Cowell’s no-talent TV show “The X Factor” from topping the charts this holiday season so they solicited Facebook friends and like-minded music fans to buy the nearly 50-year-old surf rock classic on iTunes and other places online.  Last year, the strategy worked and Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing In The Name” was the season’s top seller.  This year, however, “Surfin’ Bird” could only muster a No. 3 spot, behind “X-Factor” winner Matt Cardle (at No. 1) and Rihanna (at No. 2).

Lest you still don’t understand how cool this is, just get a load of “Surfin’ Bird” as performed on “American Bandstand” in 1963:

MP3: “Surfin’ Bird” by the Trashmen

Bonus MP3: “Bird Dance Beat” by the Trashmen

YouTube: The Trashmen performing “King Of The Surf” earlier this year

The Trashmen official Facebook page

YouTube: The Trashmen at Louisiana Music Factory record store in New Orleans


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

Sunny Surfin’ Summer Stuff

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , , on July 7, 2009 by 30daysout

Bikinis

We’re slavin’ on a big project at work and it’s too damn hot to be writing blog posts anyway!  So we’re gonna slap on a recycled photo (I’m not hearing any complaints) and just lay on ya some summer, surfin’ kind of stuff.  Keep cool!

MP3: “Moment Of Truth” by the Surf Teens

MP3: “C’mon And Swim” by Bobby Freeman

MP3: “Barracuda” by the Standells

MP3: “All Summer Long” by the Beach Boys

MP3: “Big Surf” by Glen Mooney

MP3: “Let’s Go To The Beach” by Larry & the Loafers

MP3: “Tell ‘Em I’m Surfin’ ” by the Fantastic Baggys

MP3: “Summer Time Is Surfin’ Time” by the Surf Bunnies

MP3: “California Sun” by the LeRoi Brothers

MP3: “King Of The Surf” by the Trashmen

MP3: “Rockaway Beach” by the Ramones

MP3: “Summer On Signal Hill” by Killer Joe