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My first surf show was in Antwerp, Belgium, I think around 1997. The O'Haras, the Apemen and heading the bill was Jon & the Nightriders. The first two left me unimpressed (especially the Apemen, who were so loud and fast you could barely classify it as "music" anymore, more like "really loud stream of noise"), but Jon & the Nightriders were a revelation to me. Back then it was John, Dave, Pete and Dusty. I loved them so much I instantly bough all their CD's after the show.

Matter is just energy waiting to happen.

especially the Apemen, who were so loud and fast you could barely classify it as "music" anymore, more like "really loud stream of noise"

Well, whatever they were called, I like it! Very Happy

Mike
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especially the Apemen, who were so loud and fast you could barely classify it as "music" anymore, more like "really loud stream of noise"

Well, whatever they were called, I like it! Very Happy

Somehow I doubt you were there that evening. I like the Apemen (especially their first CD) and have seen and played with them many times after that, but that show was just complete shit and knowing them, I'm pretty sure they would agree.

Matter is just energy waiting to happen.

My very first was Jan & Dean at the Placer County Fair in like '85 or so. It was fun, and my date was impressed that I knew all the songs.

Fast foward to 1992-ish in Portland. A friend at my office begged me to go with him to a seedy little punk rock club called EJs to see this cool band that wore capes. Satan's Pilgrims were opening (?!!) for The Bomboras (!!!). Shocked Yeah... it made quite an impression on me! A few months later my rockabilly band (The Hot Rod Rockets) played a show at that very same club with The Surf Trio (could have been them masqerading as The Romanes, but I forget) and Los Straitjackets. I realized I should be playing surf and have been ever since! Very Happy

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morphball
Well, whatever they were called, I like it! Very Happy

Somehow I doubt you were there that evening. I like the Apemen (especially their first CD) and have seen and played with them many times after that, but that show was just complete shit and knowing them, I'm pretty sure they would agree.

Gotcha, I just thought you weren't a fan of theirs for some reason.

Mike
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After seeing Dick Dale in Hampton Va. supporting Pulp Fiction back in 94 I had a Surf dry spell. I got back into it with a Los Straitjackets / Rev. Horton Heat show in Chapel Hill NC back in 2000. Addicted to the surf eer since! Cool

Eric
After seeing Dick Dale in Hampton Va. supporting Pulp Fiction back in 94 I had a Surf dry spell. I got back into it with a Los Straitjackets / Rev. Horton Heat show in Chapel Hill NC back in 2000. Addicted to the surf eer since! Cool

Must have been at the Cat's Cradle, right? I just saw the Rev. there a couple weeks ago.

Mike
http://www.youtube.com/morphballio

Thanks to the "Best-Of SG101" forum area - I get to reminisce & participate in what seems to be a long standing conversation around here. Pretty cool.

Funny finding this article that came out in advance of my first show...
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ZOMyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=oxMEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4124,7077057&dq=camp+lejeune+beach+bash&hl=en

"From 7-10pm a beach music band will entertain the crowd." Said band was the Beach Boys. While they aren't quite the "Surf" this community defines, they were my first real concert experience. Summer of 1985. What a day & summer it was - hardly listened to anything but the Beach Boys for the rest of the summer. Wore those cassettes out!

Fady

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onslow beach,its funny that you should bring up camp lejuene and j-ville as you first surf show in 85.. my old man was a col usmc and we live on lejuene from 1964-1971 surfing and surf music was big as well as beach music at the teen club on the base there in lejuene my first guitar teacher who work at j-ville music and played a fender mustang in a ventures cover band played at our teen club a lot it...i would say those were my 1th surf show we didn't call it surf then we called it ventures music.....

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onslow beach,its funny that you should bring up camp lejuene and j-ville as you first surf show in 85.. my old man was a col usmc and we live on lejuene from 1964-1971 surfing and surf music was big as well as beach music at the teen club on the base there in lejuene my first guitar teacher who work at j-ville music and played a fender mustang in a ventures cover band played at our teen club a lot it...i would say those were my 1th surf show we didn't call it surf then we called it ventures music.....

Wow! Small World. I'm a Military Brat too - Pops was stationed @ Lejeune 84-90. Your old man was Colonel on base... you had to have been living at Paradise Point, no? We were on base, Paradise Point... St. Mary Drive:

http://www.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=camp+lejeune+nc&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=33.764224,60.644531&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Camp+Lejeune,+Onslow,+North+Carolina&ll=34.709551,-77.392159&spn=0.016228,0.045962&t=h&z=15

By the way - followed your signature block links - you've got a swell band, great videos, even a sweet surf shot of you @ Onslow. Thanks for posting!!

Fady

El Mirage @ ReverbNation

yea i grew up on paradise point i even wrote a surf tune called paradise it on our latest CD all for few perfect waves....cheers

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The first surf gig I saw was Man Or Astroman? in 2001 at CAASO, Sao Carlos, Brazil (a student center in the University Of Sao Paulo).

In this time I was a punk rock drummer and promoter and I was organizing the Gig. People get crazy with the sound of the guitar. For sure it was the best gig in town for years and years. Change my life and my musical orientations.

One year after I was playing with my band, The Dead Rocks.

Today, I can say that the best bands I saw live was The Jordans (original 50s Brazilian instrumental) and The Tormentos from Argentina.

South America rocks!

Marky Wildstone
www.deadrocks.com.br

Marky_Wildstone wrote:

South America rocks!

Agree

Welcome to the forum Marky!

Danny Snyder

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My first surf show was in 1992. It was one of the first Man or Astro-man? shows. They had in no way developed their shtick at that point. It wasn't a surf show perse. I believe Buzzoven and Shlong were on the bill. If any of you are familiar with The Quadrajets or Immortal Lee County Killers, one of their singers early bands called Enginehouse was on the bill as well and they were the ones I was there to see.

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There weren't many "surf" bands around Toronto 6 years ago when I was 21 and started playing surf with The Robots. My first surf show was the debut of The Robots at the first annual Great Lakes Surf Battle in Toronto. So I had to play some before I heard some. I had heard of the Blue Demons and The von Drats (who I later joined up with) but had never seen them. I caught the Eradicators after our set and the start of the Blue Demons set before we had to pack it up and get back to the burbs before I'd be too hung over to work the next day...

A couple of years later I traveled to Anaheim for NAMM and caught Slacktone, The Ghastly Ones (With a Satan's Pilgrim on guitar) and Deke Dickerson at Deke's guitar geek fest, I guess that was the first surf show outside of our own scene up here..and what a show! If I had a list of bands I'd love to see some more bands come to Toronto and surrounding areas.

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I did a skateboard demo in front of the stage at a Beach Boys concert up in Laguna Seca in the late 80s if that counts. I saw a band down at HB (90s)on a small stage there basically where the Surfin Sundays stage is now. I think their name was Brazil 2001 or something like that. I remember them going at it with a couple of hecklers in the crowd who kept yelling at them to play "Pipeline"! Other than that, Dick Dale at the lobsterfest(late 90s?) with the Cadillac Angels (another awesome band)who opened for him.

The first time I saw the Beach Boys was 1981. I know that's difficult for some who think the BB's are anything but surf but as a kid I had their "Concert" LP and that's the first time I had heard "Let's Go Trippin'"

I loved that song and only later did I discover Dick Dale.

I finally had a chance to see DD live about 5 years ago. Being in the middle of the USA I don't often get an opportunity to hear live surf but the times I have seen DD, it has been incredible everytime.

I'm hoping that someday I'll get a chance to see Slacktone or Los Straitjackets in person!

My first show was up at Foothill College. It was put on by KFJC.
The Woodies
The Insect Surfers
The Mermen
My most recent show will be tonight at Forbidden Island featuring:
The Aqua Velvets

The first surf show I ever saw was Dick Dale in Amsterdam in 1996, at the Melkweg.
Some crummy garage band opened.

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The first true surf band I ever saw live was in 1981. My 1st band played on a mixed bill at a little hole-in-the wall
theater in the sketchiest part of downtown San Pedro called the Star Theatre. The lineup was us (punk/surf),
The Wigs (B-52s-ish new wave) and the mighty Surf Raiders. They were incredible and they had the sound down.
After that gig my band started playing less punk and a whole lot more surf.

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