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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.
- The Chantays, “Pipeline” A surf classic. What more is there to say?
- Jon & The Nightriders, “Riptide” Another classic, updated by a latter-day surf band about which I can find little.
- 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.
- Dick Dale, “Let’s Go Trippin'” One of the great names in surf guitar, with his second hit after “Misirlou.”
- Los Straitjackets, “The Lonely Bull” I wanted to get Los Straitjackets and this song in somewhere, and I killed two birds with one stone.
- The Pyramids, “Penetration” Yet another classic.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for September 9, 2019.