THIS ARTICLE is an introduction to Bamboogie Injections, a contemporary Russian surf band, with a look at their first album, Wild Dandelion Stomping. It is also a very brief look at the Russian surf music scene of the past—something few of us who grew up in the ’60s were aware existed. We did know that decadent Western rock & roll was absolutely forbidden in the USSR and Soviet-bloc countries, but apparently, some of the music penetrated the Iron Curtain. READ MORE
DO MOST YOUNG PEOPLE know what “surf music” is? That’s REAL surf music, the kind played by a guitar-and-rhythm-section-and-no-singer group! Many people—including non-record collecting older folk—think of the Beach Boys’ early harmonies when they hear the term “surf music,” but that was never considered surf music by surfer guys and gals (dudes and bunnies?). 1
Instrumental surf music was dominated by a heavily reverbed Fender guitar supported by a prominent bass line, one of the few pop music genres that placed emphasis on what was often just a part of the rhythm section. READ MORE
ARGUING THE ‘BEST’ ROCK GUITAR PLAYERS of the ’60 is probably a pretty dumb way to waste time—and “Surfing Guitars” will not be doing that! Considerably more constructive and interesting would be an argument as to who were—and that’s intentionally plural—the most ‘creative’ players. Of course, to reach any kind of consensus there would require that we first agree on a definition of ‘creative’ in that context! READ MORE
THE SURF RAIDERS Discography & Price Guide is the second of three articles on Bob Dalley and his group The Surf Raiders and his book Surfin’ Guitars. This is probably the most complete listing of the group’s records ever published. It is also most likely the most accurate if generalized price guide for the group’s records.
The first part is “Surfing Guitars And Instrumental Surf Bands Of The Early ’60s” and reviews Dalley’s book on that topic. READ MORE