Monday’s Music Moves Me: Random Surf

Back with more random today, this time specifically from the surf genre. I used Spotify to generate this list, and realized that Spotify doesn’t know surf that well, so I kept generating lists until I had ten.

  1. The Surfaris, “Point Panic” Used this in a comment earlier today, and decided to start here. The Surfaris are best known for “Wipe Out”; this was the follow-up.
  2. The Ventures, “Secret Agent Man” The Ventures can take just about any song and turn it into a surf song. This one was kind of a surf song to start with, anyway.
  3. The Rivieras, “California Sun” A band made up of teenagers from South Bend, Indiana, this is a cover of a Joe Jones song. It reached #2 on the Hot 100, behind The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand.”
  4. Martin Denny, “The Enchanted Sea” It might not be surf per se, but I thought it was a worthy addition. Martin Denny was the father of “exotica,” which I think I’ll let Wikipedia explain.
  5. The Chantays, “Pipeline” A surf classic. What more is there to say?
  6. Jon & The Nightriders, “Riptide” Another classic, updated by a latter-day surf band about which I can find little.
  7. The Belairs, “Mr. Moto” One of the pioneer bands of surf music with their best-known song, with a tip of the hat to Peter Lorre.
  8. Dick Dale, “Let’s Go Trippin'” One of the great names in surf guitar, with his second hit after “Misirlou.”
  9. Los Straitjackets, “The Lonely Bull” I wanted to get Los Straitjackets and this song in somewhere, and I killed two birds with one stone.
  10. The Pyramids, “Penetration” Yet another classic.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for September 9, 2019.

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18 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Random Surf

  1. Surf music, oh, yes! I had not heard of the word “exotica” (in that sense) but now I know what all that tiki type music is called (and not “tiki type music”) complete with bird calls and musical lushness. It can be so relaxing to listen to. I really enjoyed this set.


    1. It was really popular in the early ’60’s and then just sort of vanished behind the British Invasion. I like it: it was really simple to play and fun to dance to, even if you couldn’t dance.


  2. John,

    I never was wild about surf mewsic but this is a great collection you came up with, my friend. Thanks for spinning these tunes on the turntable for the 4M dance party this week. Have a boogietastic week, my friend!


    1. I tried to pull songs that weren’t as familiar, because there’s so much that never made it to radio and consequently didn’t get heard unless you went out and bought the albums rather than just the singles. It’s a great genre, with a lot of guitar-heavy instrumentals.


  3. I love surfin’ mewsic! I was into the sun and surf back in the day! Even though the waves in FL didn’t begin to compare with those in CA and HI, we still had that surfin’ tude!


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