Rhythmic Surf Rock Hits of the '60s - Top 7 by Fuzz Music Magazine

One of the pioneers of this style, also called "the king of surf guitar", is considered to be Dick Dale: when he released his famous "Misirlou", he literally wrote a new chapter in the history of world music...

Surf-rock hits from the '60s that are still relevant today

As you can easily guess from the name, surf-rock was born in California, where surfing was especially popular in 60s of the last century! This genre originally implied instrumental compositions that were famous among fans of sunny beaches, boards and waves... However - soon the performers began to endow their creations with vocals.

As a rule, surf rock is something rhythmicIt is uplifting, energizing and positive! Although the sound can vary - it can be both harmonious and very specific, sharp. But in any case, there is a recognizable rhythmicity!

Dick Dale
Dick Dale

One of the pioneers of this style, also called "king of the surf guitar", it is considered Dick Dale: when he released his famous Misirlouhe literally wrote a new chapter in the history of world music! To this day, this song remains meaningful, relevant, and fresh in its sound. But it's not the only song on our list that deserves attention. We suggest that you mentally transport yourself to a sunny beach and feel all the energy of this paradise place near the ocean, as well as the atmosphere of the '60s! And all this together with seven surf-rock tracks of the time, which we carefully selected especially for you!

"Wipe Out!"

The Surfaris
The Surfaris

"Wipe Out!" - a surf-rock classic! And what's hard to believe to this day is that the song was recorded by... by eighth-graders! At that time, the participants The Surfaris were still in school, and to record their first single they had to "shake" their parents a bit. The initial bets were placed on a completely different track, "Surfer Joe". "Wipe Out!", as it is a tradition of many famous hits, was made in a hurrybecause no one believed in the success of the instrumental. And in vain...

It wasn't until the re-release of the single, where "Wipe Out!" finally took its honorable side "BUT"the song became a hit. It's hard to call it a song, though: the only vocal parts we can be satisfied with are the crazy shrieks "Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha, destroy!"which belongs to To Dale Smallin. - the owner of a small studio in Rancho Cucamonga and later the manager of The Surfaris. And yes: Contrary to popular belief, "Wipe Out!" was not on Pulp Fiction. It did, however, fit right in. "Dirty Dancing" starring Patrick Swayze.


Dick Dale
Dick Dale

As we emphasized above, the dynamic Misirlou belongs to To Dick Dale., the king of surf-rock guitar. Here it was, in fact, a part of Tarantino's movie and was quickly beloved by the public. Of course, avid music lovers knew about this composition before. But after all these years, "Misirlou" significantly forgotten. So . "Crime novel" gave her a second life.

Remarkably, but in some interviews Quentin Tarantino claimed that the bestseller was inspired by this very song! Dick Dale, on the other hand, was inspired by an incredibly old Egyptian tuneThe age of which is still being debated to this day.

"Surf Rider"

"Pulp Fiction" ("Pulp Fiction" 1994)
"Pulp Fiction" ("Pulp Fiction" 1994)

This composition also has a very fascinating story: the band The Lively Ones borrowed it from The Ventures. Only if the original was a modest success (and called "Spudnik."), the cover became a classic of the genre.

Anyway, today it's about The Lively Ones remember thanks to this particular song.


The Revels
The Revels

And another surf-rock composition that graced the "Crime novel" - "Comanche!" A very uplifting work that made the Californian band famous The Revels. What is especially noteworthy here is that instead of a guitar we hear... a saxophone!

Anyway, Tarantino generously rewarded his film with great surf-rock hits. Critics later called the director the man who "restored the public's interest in California's bygone musical culture.

"Surfin' Safari."

Beach Boys
Beach Boys

As you may have already noticed, we didn't think much of the names: almost everyone has the word "Surf." in one form or another. It's as if the performers are hinting to us, "Yes, yes, that's what you're looking for! That surf rock!"

This track was the opening track of the debut of the same name The Beach Boys 1962. By the way: it was the single that gave its name to the whole record after it did well in the charts!

"Surfin' USA."

One more "Surfer" masterpiece "Beach Boys," which, in turn, gave the title to the second album.

"Surfin' USA." performed well in "Billboard," and became a symbol of the 1960s California sound.

"Surfin' Bird"

The Trashmen
The Trashmen

And we decided to complete our list with the most unconventional Surf-rock masterpiece to show you how interesting and multifaceted this genre is in its sound.

Probably for the public of the '60s it was something unimaginable! Can you imagine what the audience (especially conservative society) was thinking as they watched this performance? Many critics have noted that "Surfin' Bird" as performed by The Trashmen has become a kind of "window" into the world of punk rockwhich will appear on the world stage very soon...


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