”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!
”A high-octane mix of and charging hot rod instrumentals, this album laps the competition! Led By Bruce Johnston, The Kustom Kings include The Wrecking Crew’s finest, including Steve Douglas, Glen Campbell, Tommy Tedesco, and Hal Blaine!”
VROOOM!!! After a short break here we go again with a hot rod rumble at Surfadelic. This here is one of the finest slabs in genre [from my point of view], with songs and instros mostly penned by Bruce Johnston/Steve Douglas tandem, graced by cool production with buzzing fuzz sound. Fav tunes: [instros] Fireball, Tuck And Roll, Asphalt Eater, [Vocals] Super Fine 39, Stick Six, In My 40 Ford, cool cover of Rip Chords’ Hey Little Cobra. But there’s a catch, I have two different vinyl rips, one is probably from original 60’s vinyl while other is from reissue. You gotta choose brothers & sistas or dig ’em both. ”Go fast, don’t be last, win the race first place, remember you’re a fastest car around…”
[special thanx to my friend Juan for vinyl rip 2]
… And again, surfin’ & draggin’ double feature on Surfadelic. Two fine collection of 60’s instros and vocal tunes from Downey and Garpax labels.
”It Came from The Beach” compilation gets together all the surf and rocking instrumentals recorded at the Downey Studios or for Downey Records in the early 60s. Most were released on small indie boutique labels, if not on the Downey imprint itself. It comes with some prev. unreleased stuff as well as many tunes you could already heard on ”Surf Legends And Rumors” comp. but from different masters.
The other collection is based on the ‘Beach Party‘ album Gary Paxton released in 1964 on GSP plus many additional tracks from the archive. Contains half instros/half vocal [mostly surfin’ girl groups] and some previously unreleased tunes from the vaults of Gary Paxton’s Garpax Records. Some real cool stuff mixed with some so so, but pretty solid anyways. Let’s go to the beach!
”The Surfaris were an American surf rock band formed in Glendora, California in 1962. They are best known for two songs that hit the charts in the Los Angeles area, and nationally by May 1963: “Surfer Joe” and “Wipe Out”, which were the A-side and B-side of the same 45 rpm single.
Wilson’s energetic drum solo made “Wipe Out” one of the best-remembered instrumental songs of the period. “Wipe Out” is also remembered particularly for its introduction. Before the music starts, Berryhill’s dad broke a board (imitating a breaking surf board) near the mic, followed by a maniacal laugh and the words “Wipe Out” spoken by band manager Dale Smallin. “Wipe Out” was written in the studio by the four original members (Berryhill, Connolly, Fuller, & Wilson). It was initially issued on the tiny DFS label (#11/12) in January, 1963. It was reissued on the tiny Princess label (#50) in February, 1963. It was picked up by Dot (45-16479) in April, 1963, and later reissued as Dot 45-144 in April, 1965. It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc.
The band released a series of records, with two other singles, “Surfer Joe” (written and sung by Wilson) and “Point Panic” (another group-composed instrumental), having an impact on the charts. Point Panic is a renowned surfing venue in Hawaii after which the song was named.
The original 1963 membership remained intact until August 1965 when Connolly departed before their Japanese tour. Ken Forssi replaced him on bass for the tour. Fuller resigned after the tour and the band folded in early 1966.” [wiki]
“Ha ha ha ha ha, wipe out!.” Classic stuff, everybody knows [remember legendary chasing scene from “The Wanderers”?] but The Surfaris ain’t just ”one hit wanders”. They recorded several fine lps and 45’s and this here are three collections of their 60’s stuff from classic dragin’ & surfin’ tunes [cool instros as Scatter Shield, Murphy The Surfie, Point Panic, Waikiki Run, Burnin’ Rubber, Beat 65, Big Surge, Surf Scene, Dune Buggy, Scratch] to garage, pop & folk rock [especially ’77 comp. ”Gone With The Wave” with many interesting covers]. ”Wipe Out! The Best Of” comes with 6 bonus trax added by Mr.Eliminator, so you better watch out! Go Go Go For Louie’s Place! Dig !!!
”This quasi-legitimate bootleg compilation collect 30 tunes (mostly hot rod & surf) that Usher had a hand in as producer and/or performer between 1960 and 1965, most taken from rare collector 45s.
The majority of tracks here are penned by Usher, from “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” rip-off “Lonely Surfer Boy”, to two 1960 singles released under Gary Usher’s own name: “You’re The Girl” (which was his first 45, released on the Titan label) and its b-side “Driven Insane” which has backing vocals by future Honeys member Ginger Blake; solo compositions like The Wheel Men’s “School Is A Gas,” the instrumental “Gear!” and The Pyramids “Custom Caravan.” An unusual chord structure and prominent piano solo distinguish The Pendletons “Barefoot Adventure” and the ultra-rare comedy track “Wave Hog” which is sung by Gary Usher – is credited to the Silly Surfers and was commissioned for a model-kit building company! Following this is two follow-up tracks: “Francis The Foul” (which is about a cheating football player) and “Leaky Boat Louie”, both taken from a 1965 comedy album by the Weird-Ohs. Other highlights are the Four Seasons-inspired “Shame Girl” b/w “I’ve Got Plans” by the Neptunes, Gary Usher’s Beatlesque ”It’s A Lie” and ”The Beetle”, The Pyramids instrumental ”Mindnight Run”, The Marketts ”Collision Course” and what is credited as “the only enjoyable cut” from the comedy album Rod’s N’ Ratfink by Mr. Gasser & The Weirdos: “The Lonely Stocker” – which was strangely enough the weakest track on the Knights album. Also found are a Gary Usher vocal on the Wilson-Usher collaboration “Shut Down” which was released under the name The Road Runners.”
A re-up of this cool bootleg collection with enchanced sound quality on many trax by Mr.Eliminator himself. Don’t miss it !
”Formed by Beverly Hills eighth-graders in 1962, the New Dimensions issued three instrumental surf LPs shortly afterward for the small budget label Sutton. Like most such groups, they’d be totally forgotten by all but the most dedicated surf music collectors if not for the presence of New Dimensions mainstays Jimmy Greenspoon (later keyboardist for Three Dog Night) and Michael Lloyd (later in the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, and still later producer of records by the Osmonds, Shaun Cassidy, and Leif Garrett). The New Dimensions cut sides very much in the style of the Chantays and Dick Dale, but never made a commercial impression, in part because they only issued LPs, without putting any singles on the market. After evolving into the Alley Kats and cutting a few singles, Lloyd and Greenspoon took separate musical paths, with 22 tracks from their early group eventually finding their way onto the CD compilation The Best of the New Dimensions.” [allmusic]
Great all-instro collection with four unreleased trax by these L.A. 60’s surfers. Already have posted some of their slabs but this kicks ass comp is one of the best out there next to The Astronauts ”Surfadelic Collection”, The Lively Ones ”Hang Five!!!”, Dick Dale’s ”King Of The Surf Guitar” or The Super Stocks ”Surfing Instrumentals”. Style ranged from Astronauts-like surfin’ instros to sax driven R&B and bongo-exotica influences. Featuring mighty COOL stuff as Failsafe, Cat on a Hot Foam Board [from famous Diggin’ Out comp.], National Breakout, Wild Wave, Chicky Run, Blacktop, Bongo Shutdown … all originals and hot cover of ”Miserlou” too. More fresh splash o’wet reverberating sounds for summer fun. This is a MUST. Say… Dig !!!
[p.s. Check this out! Don’t know why but they kinda use photos from same session for The Sentinals lp cover. Hot damn ?!?] 🙂
Two rare 60’s slabs by fictional acts. First is another Gary Usher’s studio project, The Road Runners and ’64 hot rod lp ”The New Mustang” with Dennis McCarthy, Dick Burns [The Hondells] and Gary Paxton. Beside usual car songs there are few fine instro-tunes as Mighty Mustang, New Mustang and Road Runnah.
Squiddly was cartoon squid created by Hanna-Barbera and ’66 lp ”Squiddly Diddly’s Surfin’ Safari” is pretty cool surfin’ parody. Rare stuff, don’t miss it, Dig!