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Too Bad he doesnt want to wear the crown or admit he plays surf music.

Jeff(bigtikidude)

Jeff(bigtikidude)

I used to go to surf films in the early 1970s, and there were still some surf bands playing at those. But, I don't recall who they were! But I did go to see Satan's Pilgrims at Bruce Willis' bar in Idaho, just shy of Sun Valley. Surf music had always been background music, but Satan's Pilgrims really brought it front-and-center. Anyway, the Pilgrims were the opening act, but of course, they blew doors on Bruce and his backup blues band. What an amazing show! Triple guitar attack! Sometime later, I went to see Dick Dale, too, which was great. Got to meet Mr. Dale and spend an hour interviewing him in his hotel room, then got to go back stage and met Dusty and Sam. Then, got to see the band on the few occassions Dick came through town. Great introduction - Dusty again came through town last year with Agent Orange and we got to talk again.

I saw the The Ventures at Sweet Springs Saloon in Los Osos, California back in 1991 or 1992. I also saw the Red Elvises when they were street performers in the Open Air Mall in Santa Monica around 1998. Other than the few bands we play with here and there. I really haven't been to too many Surf Shows.

Probably due to the fact my wife gets bored with it quickly. But she digs seeing Deadbolt every now and then. My wife is into KMFDM, Nine Inch Nails and other Industrial rock. Which is cool, I don't think we would have much in common if she was into rap or R&B.

_RT

tonybologna
It must of been Los Straitjackets in 2000. Saw them at a free outdoors show in Salt Lake City, UT.

Hey!!! I was at that show! and that was my first surf instro show too!! Surprised

bigtikidude
My first Vocal surf show was Jan and Dean at the O.C. fair in 82 or 83.

I saw Jan and Dean around that time frame too at the Oregon State Fair!

Dick Dale in '92 - but actually it was Laika & the Cosmonauts in Washington, DC in '94 and '95 that did the main - and permanent - damage to my pysche. Without them I wouldn't be here.

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I saw the Insect Surfers in Tampa in 1985, but they weren't a surf band then. My band at that time, the Twisters played four surf songs. I saw the Beach Boys in 86, but that was pretty bad. In 89- 91, S.F. had the Mermen, Phantom Surfers, Ultras, Woodies, Trashwomen, Aqua Velvets. The Mermen really started to hit their stride in 93, and about that time Laika&TC passed through, and I saw the Insects again. The first time I saw LSJ was in 95 at one of Phil Dirt's live shows.
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Ferenc, I bet we were at the same show in '92 or '93 with the Ultras and Mermen and other bands at El Rio. A backyard barbecue show.

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Ventures at the IBeam in 1984. They where on their 25th anniversary tour.

DannySnyder
Ferenc, I bet we were at the same show in '92 or '93 with the Ultras and Mermen and other bands at El Rio. A backyard barbecue show.

Yes, I saw a bunch of the El Rio shows. That club still does surf, we played there in 2005.

stratofuzz
Ventures at the IBeam in 1984. They where on their 25th anniversary tour.

Gawd, The I-Beam was an amazing venue. I saw so many of those monday night shows for years! I didn't know The Ventures played there too, but '84 was before I moved west. Stratofuzz, are you in the bay area now?

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I was a tad too young for the first wave, and wasn't aware of the
second wave Embarassed , so it wasn't till the early 90's that I caught
my first show: Dick Dale, and the Surfaris (with Paul Johnson) at
the Santa Monica Pier. Great first show!!!!

Bob

Bob

The first time I saw surf music performed live was at a Briarcliff High School after football game soc hop. The band was the "Esquires" from Tucker GA. I am pretty sure it was September 1963, I remember they played Pipeline and Wipe Out and a bunch of Ventures covers. I joined the Esquires in the Fall of '65 and played with them until early '68 when the band broke up. During that period they wouldn't even consider playing "surf music."

By far the most important show was the Penetrators at the Star Bar, January 1997. That one performance set the wheels in motion that resulted in: The X-Rays, The Surge!, the AcoustaSonics, Three CD's, The Boatwerx studio, Eddie Katcher and some really great friendships. These last ten years of being involved with the "Third Wave" have been the absolute best times I've had in my forty plus years fooling around with music........ed

Traditional........speak softly and play through a big blonde amp. Did I mention that I still like big blonde amps?

Dick Dale at the Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 95.

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Brian
I think the first official surf band I saw was The Volcanos, as part of a great show in Indianapolis: Ivan Jr and Sr's The Troubadours (Shadows!!!), Destination: Earth!, and The Volcanos.

Cool!

Brian
I think that must have been summer of 2001? Ivan? Rick? TFJ? Tom? Trode? You guys remember that?

Sounds close.

Brian
I remember asking some awkward fanboy questions of Volcano Rick and Chris. Smile They really knocked me out. The Troubadours and D:E! were excellent too.

I'm glad we met, Brian! I don't remember anything awkward or fanboyish. Just a guy who's a sincere fan of the genre. Very Happy

Like many here I think the first surf show I saw was Dick Dale. I don't remember the year but it was right after Pulp Fiction. I had played in a surf band—the Zombie Surfers—in the 80s, but I think this was the first time I saw a surf band.

The Volcanos

Mt first was D.D. in '94. I knew about him, and had just gotten a compilation album with "Miserlou" on it. Back then, at least here in Colorado, it was nearly impossible to find any surf music ( The Beach Boys 'miserlou' was all I had to go on for a long time) - at least I had a hard time finding it. I wasn't exactly sure what he would do, but I read a review in Rolling Stone around that time, and it said he was great. The Club he played at is small, and he was wandering around before the show. His guitar was on stage, just sitting there. i remember looking at it thinking "that thing looks pretty beat" he came out a blew the room away - it was awesome! I went out the next day and started looking HARD for surf music.

"You can't tell where you're going if you don't know where you've been"

Ok neither are 'technically' surf, but I saw the Insect Surfers (original DC new wave lineup) open for the Ventures at a club in DC in the early 80's. That was a great show!!!! Saw the Insects many times when they were still here in DC.

The show that got me back into the surf scene was the Space Cossacks at IOTA circa 2000. Another great show!!!

-Paul

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I saw 'The Trashwomen' play in thier garage sometime in the mid/late 90's.

I nearly forgot, I saw the Neptunas at Sacred Grounds in San Pedro sometime in the 90s, first time I went to see surf music by design. They were cool but didn't send me over the edge.

Not counting the Ventures or Beach Boys, the Surf Trio in 1988?, first out of town bands: The Untamed Youth and the Phantom Surfers. 1989?90? It's been downhill ever since.

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WindanseaBeachBoy
But I did go to see Satan's Pilgrims at Bruce Willis' bar in Idaho, just shy of Sun Valley. Surf music had always been background music, but Satan's Pilgrims really brought it front-and-center. Anyway, the Pilgrims were the opening act, but of course, they blew doors on Bruce and his backup blues band. What an amazing show! Triple guitar attack!

Whoa. You were there?LOL. Bruce was hot on that surf music since his latest movie had a lot of it on the soundtrack. A friend of ours was painting the house in Hailey, ID that Bruce had just bought for Demi and was listening to our first album while he painted, so Bruce overheard it.

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WindanseaBeachBoy
But I did go to see Satan's Pilgrims at Bruce Willis' bar in Idaho, just shy of Sun Valley. Surf music had always been background music, but Satan's Pilgrims really brought it front-and-center. Anyway, the Pilgrims were the opening act, but of course, they blew doors on Bruce and his backup blues band. What an amazing show! Triple guitar attack!

Whoa. You were there?LOL. Bruce was hot on that surf music since his latest movie had a lot of it on the soundtrack. A friend of ours was painting the house in Hailey, ID that Bruce had just bought for Demi and was listening to our first album while he painted, so Bruce overheard it.

THAT'S a cool story! Rock

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