The Sandells, also known as The Sandals, were 60’s surf rock band most famous for scoring the surfing documentary “The Endless Summer”. This is their debut 1964. Lp an all-instro surf/hot rod album, same stuff as “The Endless Summer” ’66 lp but with different cover art, alright! This slab was recorded at time when motorcycles themes were hip and The Astronauts recorded “Competition Coupe”, Gary Usher produced The Kickstands’ “Black Boots and Bikes”, Jerry Cole with The Hornets recorded “Motorcycles U.S.A.” and Brian Wilson penned Little Honda that became a national top 10 hit for The Hondells in late 1964. Stereophonic Vinyl rip, Dig!
Re-post of these 90’s lp collections of DD 60’s stuff. ”Draggin’ And Surfin” contains his vocal cuts, cool songs about hot rods and surfing. ”Surfers’ Guitar” gathers killer DD instros mostly from his ’63/’64 lps ”Checkered Flag”, ”Mr. Eliminator” and ”Summer Surf”. ”Rarities” is a collection of singles B sides and stuff. Let’s dance to the Dick Dale Stomp!
Two 90’s surf & hot rod comps. ‘Dickheads’ is a 10 trax Dick Dale tribute album featuring surf revival & garage bands as The Galaxy Trio, Thee Phantom 5ive, The Cowslingers, The Penetrators, The Daytonas, The Quadrajets… covering some DD classics. It comes with 12 bonus cuts added by Mr.Eliminator. ‘Hot Rods To Hell’ is car themed comp. mostly of instros and few vocal cuts with some same bands as on ‘Dickheads’, plus The Boss Martians, Davie Allan And The Arrows, The Surf Trio , Insect Surfers, The Hentchmen, The Royal Pendletons, The Space Cossacks… ‘Abandon hope all ye who enter here!’ Dig!!!
”I’ll surf around the world
with every surfer girl
from Newport to the shores of Lilla Bay…”
Oh yeah! Already have posted these super-fine surfin’ slabs on my old blog and here they come again. The Buddies were a studio project backed up by Davie Allan guitar, Jerry Naylor vocals and Mike Curb production, a try to cash-in on the hot rod/surf craze with songs about skiing, hot-rods, motorcycles and yeah, surfer girs! Cool mix of vocals and instros many of which you know from Davie Allan & The Arrows like “Sidewalk surfin’ Scene” [same as “The Unknown Rider” from “The Wild Angels” soundtrack lp], “Skateboard USA” [similar to “War Path”], ”The Cool One” [same as ”Beyond The Blue”] or ”The Rebel” backing track [actually ”The Rebel (Without A Cause)” instro from Apache’65 lp]. Go Go With The Buddies, enjoy!
”Among the surf groups of the Golden State, none rode a higher wave than The Challengers. Formed in 1962 by drummer Richard Delvy, who had been the beat keeper for The Bel-Airs, The Challengers were an instant success. Their 1963 LP, Surfbeat, became one of the genre’s biggest sellers. Reportedly recorded in under four hours at World Pacific Studios, the LP was released on Vault and helped solidify the surf sound.
In early ’60s California, surf and car culture were joined at the baggy-clad hip. This convergence was reflected in the music of the surf bands, many of whom began to devote equal time to automobile anthems. By now something of a surf rock entrepreneur, Delvy moved to capitalize on this trend by recording hot rod songs with The Challengers. Unfortunately, an intended 1964 LP of car tunes never came together and the fast moving decade left the surf ‘n’ street scene in the incense ashes.”
Unissued 60s lp by ”The kings of clean-cut surfin”. Fine mix of hot rod & surf vocals & instros on limited edition vinyl. It’s a Hot Rod Hootenanny. Dig!!!
”Well, they’re dancing all over, yeah
They’re dancing everywhere I go
You know I see ’em on the tv
And I hear it on the radio…”
Missouri’s finest, the Untamed Youth (Deke Dickerson, MACE, Steve “Sammy” Rager, Joel Trueblood) is one of the best groups of 90’s garage/surf revival wave and my favorites next to The Boss Martians, The Bomboras, Man Or Astro-Man, Los Straitjackets etc. They play energetic & fun 60’s influenced frat rock/hot rod/surf music with loads of real cool covers, perfect for wyld beach parties. ”Untamed Melodies” is great best of collection of trax from their first three 1988-1992 Norton lps and 45’s. ”Major Chaos!” is kinda rarities compilation with unreleased songs rare 45’s and stuff from 1987. to 1998. This stuff is A MUST for all you dragsters & surfers out there. It’s almost summer here kiddies and it’s time for some untamed rockin’ beach fun! Do the wobble and the watusi, Dig!!!
”Gonna twist, gonna stomp with you
Do the wobble and the watusi too
Locomotion, here we come
Gonna have some kind of fun”
”The Kickstands were one of writer and producer Gary Usher’s studio amalgams that made use of veteran L.A. session players in the early to mid-’60s to produce album after album of hot rod and surf tunes. With players from the so-called Wrecking Crew, including Jerry Cole, Hal Blaine, Steve Douglas, Earl Palmer, Leon Russell, Glen Campbell, and with Chuck Girard handling most of the vocals, the Kickstands officially released one album, Black Boots & Bikes, on Capitol Records. The album had a somewhat darker hue than most of Usher’s sunshine and surf productions, and tracks like “Death Valley Run” and “Slow Ride South” are definitely worth seeking out for fans of Usher and the hot rod/surf genre.” ~ Steve Leggett
”Right from the start, it’s obvious the Black Boots and Bikes is different from the slew of other Usher projects. The mixes favor the growly saxes, the vocals have a harder edge some extra timpani and xylophones (?) add to the heaviness of the overall sound. Released at the peak of the Honda/Bike craze, all that’s missing from the album is an obligatory cover of “Little Honda” as the 12th track; though it’s absence may simply have been due simply to time restrictions as these albums were usually rushed out in a day. A gritty ‘Death Valley Run’ opens up the record and is noticeably than the Hondells original. Mike Curbs’ instrumental ‘Hill Climb’ follows very much along the same path chalk full of saxes and steady drums. ‘Mean Streak’ actually sounds pretty good here considering the album’s darker themes. The bouncy ‘Side Car’ features some excellent playing – presumably by Jerry Cole an ‘Two Wheel Show Stopper’ has some instresting dissonance from the background vocals which works well alongside the pounding drums a baritone saxes. ‘Haulin’ Honda’ is another instrumental and could be considered filler if it were’nt so dogone catchy. ‘Devil On Wheels’ features some castanets and, like ‘Mean Streak’, is compliented by the hard-rocking execution. ‘Ridin’ Trails’ also works well here before the album slows down on the Mexican ‘Slow Ride South.’ Collector’s may search out this album for the inclusion of the the original ‘Johnny Take Care’ which never reappeared on any Usher. Admittedly, it’s not hard to see why…. The fuzzed up ‘Scrambler’ closes the album.
An oddity in the Usher canon, Black Boots and Bikes shows us the other side of the biker culture. Challenging the clean cut Beach Boys’ take on the sport, the Kickstands’ rendition is the more accurate, showing the dangers and the risks of the gang experience. That said, for surf/hot rod enthusiasts it warrents some attention only if you enjoy the wild hard-hitting sounds of other similar creations such as Mr. Gasser and the Weirdos or Dick Dale. For those on the Beach Boys, Terry Melcher side, better to pass this one up.” – J. T. [surfroute101]
”Surf Rock band from Orange County, California that formed around 1960. Originally called The Surfaris, they changed their name after another band called The Surfaris had a big hit with Wipeout.”
Between October 1962 and through January 1963, they recorded in the studio of producer Tony Hilder a number of songs written by Larry Weed, such as “Moment of Truth” and “Delano Soul Beat” that were released on Hilder’s own Impact label, as part of a surf music compilation album titled Shake, Shout and Soul. These tracks subsequently appeared on various compilation albums, such as Wheels, The World of Surfin’, Surf’s Up at Banzai Pipeline and others.
After some months, the band again went into the studio with Hilder producing and recorded a number of tracks intended to be released on the Impact label, as their first full-length LP. Two of the tracks, “Bombora” and “Surfari” were leased to Del-Fi Records, which sent them out as a single. But the record, even though it started selling well in the state had to be pulled from the stores because of a lawsuit.
The Original Surfaris, in their various incarnations, were “one of the most highly regarded” and “creative” surf groups of the 1960s, but also remained at the time “one of the most obscure” ones. Critics described their music as featuring “reverb galore, swaggering sax and a tough surf sound”, while their best tracks were praised for their “spooky reverb guitar lines and Latin-influenced minor melodies that were hallmarks of much of the best instrumental surf music. Another surf music group from Los Angeles named themselves The Bomboras inspired by the instrumental track. The Original Surfaris allegedly never received any money for the tracks they recorded with Tony Hilder, since they had signed all their publishing rights away for one dollar per song.” [wiki]
Surfaris or not Surfaris, that is the question !?! These guys are ‘Originals’ ok! ”Bombora!” Lp shoulda be their debut surf album in ’63 but the project was shelved in the wake of the legal action involving the other Surfaris. The ’65 ”Wheels” album is kinda mystery, ’cause it sounds kinda dated [must be it was recorded earlier] and maybe only opener “Delano Soul Beat” is actually by the Original Surfaris. Anyways, here you got almost all the stuff recorded by the band, so check ’em out!