05/05/03 : ILM gets its first dedicated SURF GEETAR thread!

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surf guitar - greater than the sum of "surf" & "guitar"!

Trashmen - "Surfin' Bird" (the ILM consensus pick!)
Dick Dale - "Miserlou" (deservedly overexposed!)
The Clean - "At The Bottom (Live)" (gothic surf rock!)
Pixies - "Wave Of Mutilation" (okay this probably isn't the surfiest Pixies track but m4rc3l still has all my pixies albums, etc)
Man . . . Or Astroman? - "Invasion Of The Dragonmen" (saw them live!)
Girls Aloud - "Sound Of The Underground" (out of the blue!)

Ess Kay (esskay), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 10:46 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Surfaris - "Wipeout" (best hysterical laugh evah!)

I haven't heard much by the Beach Boys, but I suspect they don't count.

Has any hip-hop/r'n'b/nu-pop sampled surf guitars (other than "Sound Of The Underground")? & it seemed like it would fit in with early ardkore but I haven't heard any examples.

Ess Kay (esskay), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 10:48 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Devo, "Secret Agent Man"
Big Black, "Pavement Saw"
Midnight Oil, "Wedding Cake Island"

dave q, Tuesday, 6 May 2003 10:51 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Surf guitar is probably the reason I like the Clean & the Pixies much much more than their non-surf contemporaries.

This thread makes me feel guilty for not having heard anything by King Loser. I'm indifferent to, uh, the guy that does that klemzer-surf whatever (y'know, the one with that Peter Plumley-Walker based album).

Ess Kay (esskay), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 10:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Travis Wammack - Firefly

dave225 (Dave225), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 11:12 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Cecilia Ann" is maybe the most traditional surf song by the Pixies, although the first letter in each line of "Ana" spells out "SURFER." So there's that.

Hammy (hammy), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 12:09 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

ana really has that sort of surf-y ballad feel to it. i'd group havalina in this camp, too.

jq higgins, Tuesday, 6 May 2003 12:26 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"The Rockefeller Skank" used a surf guitar sample didn't it?

Surf guitars do indeed rool.

Nick H, Tuesday, 6 May 2003 12:34 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Dick Dale - "LET'S GO TRIPPIN'" is unreal -- the gurgly tone he gets, had to be an influence on Jerry Garcia.

Mark (MarkR), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 14:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

If it's a MOAM? song it has to be "A Mouthful of Exhaust"

jel -- (jel), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 16:16 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The Ventures! Surf rock + 70's space program fandom = FANTASTICO!

cprek (cprek), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 17:10 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Ventures -- "Apache"

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 17:56 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

the Sadies, psychedelic-country-surf

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 18:07 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

if your going to talk sadies, you prolly have to throw calexico in to the mix, though their not really surf-y, burns' guitar style is pretty surf/twangy.

higgins, Tuesday, 6 May 2003 19:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink


Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 19:24 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Blue Man Group "Cat Video"

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Tuesday, 6 May 2003 19:24 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I am pleased to state that The Lonely Surfer, by Jack Nitzsche, is sooooo beautiful, it transcends the surf guitar format altogether.

thomas de'aguirre (biteylove), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 19:26 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Huevos Rancheros

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 19:28 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet!!

chad (chad), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 19:42 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Galaxy Trio!

jel -- (jel), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 19:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink


vahid (vahid), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 21:45 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Red Elvises? I love the shit on the Six String Samurai soundtrack.

Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 21:51 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

that was the first movie i ever fell asleep during! just this last saturday in fact!

jess (dubplatestyle), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 21:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Los Straitjackets!

Andrzej B. (Andrzej B.), Wednesday, 7 May 2003 03:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

what exactly is the definition of surf guitar?

Justyn Dillingham (Justyn Dillingham), Wednesday, 7 May 2003 03:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Aqua Vista!!!

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Wednesday, 7 May 2003 04:10 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The Mermen ... The Amazing California Health & Happiness Show.

The Mermen ... Joe Goldmark on pedal steel.

The Mermen ... "A Drowning Man Knows His God"

bflaska, Wednesday, 7 May 2003 04:50 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

what exactly is the definition of surf guitar?


Sterling Clover (s_clover), Wednesday, 7 May 2003 05:42 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
Saw Riding Giants a couple days ago and it totally stoked my fire for surf rock. So like, what happenin' for surf guitar in the year plus that this threads gone silent.

PS: the more psycho-instrumental the better.

harshaw (jube), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 16:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
FUCK YOU [ADMIN: stence is referring here to a spam post that has been deleted, thx.]

F.R.I.E.N.D. (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 04:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

this thread was started on my birthday!

howell huser (chaki), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 04:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

oh happy birthday chaki, i hope you got something nice.


F.R.I.E.N.D. (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 04:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

twelve years pass...

Good new surf guitar record:


afriendlypioneer, Monday, 12 February 2018 15:47 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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