LORD ROCKINGHAM’s XI [UK 50’s Lounge Instro Hoot]

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Lord Rockingham’s XI was a group of British session musicians, led by Harry Robinson, who had a No. 1 hit on the UK Singles Chart in 1958 with “Hoots Mon”.
The group was put together to play as the resident band on the pop TV programme Oh Boy!, which was produced by Jack Good, and shown nationally on ITV in the UK in 1958/59. They were fronted by Harry Robinson and also included jazz baritone saxophonist and later writer Benny Green, and organist Cherry Wainer.
In addition to backing singers such as Marty Wilde and Cuddly Dudley, they recorded several novelty rock instrumentals for Decca Records, the first being “Fried Onions”, which failed to chart in the UK but did slip into the US Billboard charts for a week at No. 96. The second single, Robinson’s “Hoots Mon”, a rocked-up version of the traditional Scottish song “A Hundred Pipers”, featuring Scotticisms like “Hoots mon, there’s a moose loose aboot this hoose!”, rose up the charts supported by weekly TV exposure, and stayed at number one for three weeks. They played “Long John” amongst others.
Following a legal case brought by descendants of the real Lord Rockingham, which was settled out of court, the group toured and made several less successful follow-ups, including “Wee Tom” (#16, 1959). They disbanded with the end of the TV show in 1959. “Fried Onions” was used in a television advertisement for Options indulgence chocolate drink, first shown on UK TV in December 2011. [wiki]

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… And now for somethin’ completely different

”Frolic Diner”/”Las Vegas Grind” kinda Sax & Sex instro lounge R&B/Roll.

Do The Squelch, Dig!!!

THE VOLCANICS !!!

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”The Volcanics are a high energy, “Dance and Show Combo” from the San Gabriel Valley in Southern California. Their dynamic sound (along with their sweaty mismatched blue cardigan sweaters), draws from a wide variety of influences: early 1960′s rippin’ surf instrumentals to stompin’ frat rock and roll dance tunes. The Volcanics represent good ol’ fashioned youth, fun and excitement for all thrill seeking crowds alike. Along with their first full length album “Girls, Girls, Girls”, The Volcanics just recently put out their new full length album “The Lonely One” on Double Crown Records. Like “Girls, Girls, Girls”, “The Lonely One” captures the high energy instrumentals, fun vocals, and melodic ballads that define The Volcanics. So get ready to erupt into a dancing frenzy and stomp your feet to the thunderous sounds of The Volcanic beat!”

Real cool 2nd reverb-drenched instro slab by this Southern California surf n’ stomp combo. Led by guitarist/vocalist Frankie De La Torre, So Cal surf combo The Volcanics are quickly becoming one of the most popular live acts in the scene. Influenced by 60’s instro surf acts as The Fender IV, The Crossfires, P.J. & The Galaxies, The Journeymen as well as guitar aces as Dick Dale and Eddie Bertrand, they just go for a kill with this 2013. surfin’ attack. Say… dig!!!

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KFWB’s Battle Of The Surfing Bands [1963]

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KFWB was (and still is) a Los Angeles based radio station. This ’63 DEL-FI compilation lp features some popular r&b & surf instrumentals of that time by some well known acts as The Lively Ones, The Sentinals, The Impacts, Bruce Johnston, Dave Myers and others. Get it!

01 Bruce Johnston – Surf Party
02 The Lively Ones – Surf Battle [Goofy Foot]
03 The Sentinals – Vesuvius
04 Jim Waller And The Deltas – Surfin’ Tragedy
05 The Rhythm Kings – Soul Surfin’
06 Dave Myers And The Surftones – Driftin’
07 The Soul Kings – Get It
08 The Impacts – Tor-Chula
09 Dave Myers And The Surftones – White Water
10 The Challengers – Ramrod
11 The Biscaynes – Revellion
12 The Charades – Delano Soul Beat


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THE ILLUMIGNARLY – Apocalypse Gnar [2015]

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Hey surfers, guess what time it is ?

It’s a Apocalypse Gnar time… alright!

Brand new stuff hot off the press [officially come out October 30, 2015 on Don’t Look Down Records], The Illumignarly, Northern California based surf rock quartet gonna kick serious ass with their mix of surf/punk/metal, inluenced by Dick Dale, Slacktone, Man or Astroman, Messer Chups, Agent Orange as well as with Fugazi, Faith No More, Reverend Horton Heat and atmosphere akin to a David Lynch movies. So you gotta picture? It’s gonna be some real hard power-surf kick-ass ride. Check ’em out!

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WAX, BOARD AND WOODIE !

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Subtitled “a collection of rare and unreleased surf and hot rod songs,” this 14-track compilation hits the intended target in a big way. Culling its contents primarily from the MCA/Dot Records vaults, one of the big tickets here is a bone-chilling unreleased moment when we hear the Surfaris attempting to take on the Rolling Stones with their swipe at “Route 66,” way cooler than it sounds. A couple of silly but great fun anyway P.F. Sloan sides, including a unreleased sloppy-as-hell song demo, compliment one-off instrumentals like “El Gato” by the Chandelles and “Tremble” by the Galaxies. And in true Dot Records tradition (the label that made their rep inflicting Pat Boone on an unsuspecting world) there’s even a “cover” version on here by a Milt Rogers of Dick Dale’s “Let’s Go Trippin'”!! Not the most essential set of tunes, but one hell of a fun compilation. [Cub Koda]

01. The Surfaris – Wax, Board And Woodie
02. The Chandelles – El Gato
03. The Blazers – The Masked Grandma
04. The King Pins – Door Banger
05. The Beachcombers – Lone Survivor
06. Willie & The Wheels – Skateboard Craze
07. The Rondels – On The Run
08. Milt Rogers – Let’s Go Trippin’
09. The Surfaris – (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
10. The Galaxies – Tremble
11. Kay Bell & The Tuffs – (The Original) Surfer’s Stomp
12. Johnny Cymbal – (Surfin’ At) Tia Juana
13. Kenny & The Fiends – Moon Shot
14. Phil Sloan & The Fantastic Baggys – Dragon Lady

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JIM MESSINA & HIS JESTERS – The Dragsters [1964]

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“Early in his career — right at the outset, in fact — 18-year-old Jim Messina was a devotee of surf music, enamored of the music of Dick Dale, the Champs et al. The Jesters was among his early professional efforts, a surf band that included, along with Messina, Bill Beckman and Ron House on guitars, Jim Sholstedt on bass, Dave Archuleta on saxophone, and Larry Cundieff on drums. They won a lot of local band competitions in California, where the competition in the field was still fierce in 1965 and 1966, and were good enough to get to record an entire LP for Audio Fidelity. It was re-released on the Thimble label in the mid-1970’s, to capitalize on Messina’s success as one half of Loggins & Messina”

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”The original Jesters LP was released sometime in ’64 and was credited to “Jim Messina and his Jesters” (notice the copy of “Dick Dale and HIS Del-tones”) and it was called The Dragsters. This is the LP that was reissued on CD on the semi-legit Euro label Surf in the ’90s. It’s great stuff, 14 songs, 11 of them written by Messina. The covers are: an uptempo version of the Breeze and I, and surf-guitar-led versions of fifties instro hits Honky Tonk and Raunchy. Messina’s guitar work is truly exceptional, sounding like DD’s flashier doppleganger, with a lot of nimble fingerwork full of fast hammer-ons and pull-offs, and not as much double-picking as you may expect. (I only recently started noticing how Dick-Dale-ish Messina’s playing was. Listen to “The Thing” – it’s a total rip-off of DD’s “Surfing Drums” – which of course was a Bo Diddley rip-off itself! – and the licks he’s playing are completely DD. Messina also uses the pickup position #4 (neck and middle pickups) a LOT, which is also something that DD pioneered in surf music.) I HIGHLY recommend this CD. The highlights for me are “The Jester”, which is as good as any surf song I think, “The Cossack”, “High Voltage” (an apt title!), and “Yang Bu”. If there is one criticism I would have of the material is that it’s a bit light on melody, instead relying on groove, energy and improvisation. But it works most of the time. There’s a really nice jazz and even blues influence throughout, especially evident on “Suspense Run” and “Hollywood Sound” (both very jazzy in rhythm and featuring some tasty surf-blues guitar playing, with the latter obviously influenced by Mel Torme’s “I’m Comin’ Home Baby”). And as Messina mentioned in his interview, almost every song has a bunch of engine revving and tires skidding noises overdubbed. A lot of songs also have the noises of the band shouting along with the music, as if they’re really into it. I suspect these were overdubbed later, along with the car-related noises.” [IvanP. Originally posted on Surf Guitar 101, June 25, 2004]

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Ok surfers! Here you gotta deal with two different versions of The Jesters 60’s stuff. The first is original ’64 ”The Dragsters” lp version with 14 trax + ”Hollywood Sound”, the other one is 10 cuts ’82 reissue with different mix. So, whatcha gonna do now?!? I think you must dig both, cause this is one of the best 60’s surfin’ instro slabs and it’s… pretty much A MUST!!!

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THE ASTRONAUTS – Lost In Space [1993] / Fire Down Below [1996]

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Surf instro gang from Bielefeld, Germany, not the legendary 60’s US band. In mid 90’s they ”launched” these two LP slabs full of 60’s The Spotnicsks influenced sci-fi themed instros, played in the lo-fi style of The Phantom Surfers. So, ya know… Get lost… In Space!

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VOODOO COURT – Electric Beach [1998] / Nuclear Vacation [2001]

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”Voodoo Court: power surf trio originating from the California town, Santa Rosa. Mark Kuhn began playing surf in his teens and teamed up with Bill Feller and Gerard Locke to form Voodoo Court.”

Here are two of the best albums by these Santa Rosa instro surfers influenced by Dick Dale, The Ventures and some modern stuff as Slacktone. Kinda stupid cover art but some real cool surfin’ tunes you can find anyway, Dig!