|Genres:||Pop / Rock Soundtrack|
|Tags:||surf surf rock 60s instrumental rock|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||Songfacts Wikipedia Wikipedia|
Formed in Glendora, California, in 1962, the Surfaris - Jim Fuller (lead guitar), Jim Pash (1949, USA, d. 29 April 2005, Yucca Valley, USA; guitar), Bob Berryhill (guitar), Pat Connolly (bass) and Ron Wilson (d. 1989; drums) - achieved international success the following year with Wipe Out. This frantic yet simplistic instrumental, originally envisaged as a throwaway b-side, is recognized as one of the definitive surfing anthems. Controversy arose when the Surfaris discovered that the music gracing their debut album was, in fact, played by a rival group, the Challengers. However, despite their understandable anger, such backroom machinations remained rife throughout the quintets career. Their third album, Hit City 64, introduced a partnership with producer Gary Usher, who employed a team of experienced session musicians on ensuing Surfaris releases. In 1965 the group abandoned beach and hot-rod themes for folk rock. Wilson had...