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Thanks Sys!

Here's "Emerging From The Tube" from our last album Parabolica released in 1996. A slightly different version of the track was also released as a 45 on the American Solamente label.

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I played that single the other night at a DJ gig.

Jeff(bigtikidude)

Cool, the main difference between the single and the LP version is that the former doesn't have the strings intro.

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Of the various covers we recorded over the years, I think this one turned out among the best...

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The great original by The Woofers...

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Boss take by the Hangee V, live at the Surfer Joe Diner...

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And Dee Dee Sharp recorded a bitchen surfing version titled "Riding The Waves", using the same backtrack as The Woofers original...

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I just realised that "Riding The Waves" most likely was the original version.

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Here's a good one from the mid 90's...

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An organ lead version of "Hawaii 5-0". The "timpani" drums are down-tuned floor toms.

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Klas wrote:

An organ lead version of "Hawaii 5-0". The "timpani" drums are down-tuned floor toms.

Cool!!!

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Oddly there are two vocal versions of the Hawaii 5-0 theme. One by Don Ho..title is "You Can Come With Me" and features a tiki break. The other is "You Can Count On Me" by Sammy Davis Jr. All I can say is nobody looked better in a suit in Hawaii than Jack Lord..and each episode ended perfectly with those famous words.."Book him Dano".

Happy Sunsets!

Early 1990's "promo shot" taken at our rehearsal space...

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Pre pulp fiction?

Jeff(bigtikidude)

Yes, if I had to say a year, I would say 1992.

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Love this thread! Thank you Klas! Cheers

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You're welcome, Jonpaul!

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A very nice review on the Daytonas posted by Ivan on the old SG101 Yahoo group:

The Daytonas were a Swedish band that released several CDs in the mid-nineties. I have their first two (I think), "Ready Set Go!" (1993) and "Quarter Mile" (1995). I seem to remember that they released something else, but I've never seen it.

Anyway, these five guys (two guitars, including Klas on lead guitar, organ, bass, and Klas' brother on drums) produced some of the most authentic traditional surf music of the nineties. Their first album was 2/3rds vocals and the rest instros, while the second album was split half-half.

The instros sound as pure as possible, no modern influences whatsoever (they did cover Jon & the Nightriders' "Geronimo" on their first album, but that's a very trad song anyway, so it fit right in). The instros are mostly originals, with a couple of covers: Jim Messina & the Jesters' "The Cossack" and "Hawaii Five-O". The vocals were like a garagey version of the Beach Boys, with a rougher lead voice backed up by nice harmonies. Again, extremely authentic.

But the thing about the Daytonas that really got to me is that you could FEEL the incredibly intense love and longing for the early sixties California. These guys sounded like they were truly in PAIN that they couldn't live there! I've never heard any other band convey those emotions to such an extent. Look at some of the titles of the vocals: "I Love California", "Baked Beans and Chicken", "Surf Spot", "Surf Fever", "Me and My Woodie", "The Whiteness of the Wave", "Wait For My Summer", "Go Where the Action Is", and so on - you get the idea. And they walked the talk, sporting vintage gear (Klas on a white Jag, a reverb unit, and a Dual Showman), and authentic looking outfits and haircuts.

Now, it seems that something like this being done by a bunch of Swedish guys would come off very much as a gimmick, but never with the Daytonas. I don't think I ever heard a more genuine trad surf band. These guys were the real deal. And their music was REALLY good. They had an incredible sense of melody and the chops to play it all really well without ever overplaying. The song was god, and almost all of their 'gods' were worthy of worship!

If you're still not sure what they sound like, imagine a better (sometimes MUCH better) version of the Untamed Youth - more melodic, lacking the beer obsessesion, but just as fun and with more surf and less garage sensibility.

Even after owning these CDs for ten years now, I still listen to them quite often. Anytime I get in that romantic mood where I start idealizing early-sixties So-Cal, I have to put on either some first-wave stuff - or the Daytonas.

I have no idea whether any of their CDs are still available, but if any of you trad-lovers can track them down, don't hesitate for a second to buy them. This is some of the best surf music of the nineties.

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One of several compilations we had a track on. I'm surprised I couldn't find anything from it on YouTube as I wanted to post our contribution (Miserlou, no less). And is this the only Dick Dale tribute comp ever done?

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I tried to talk some labels into doing a tribute cd.
Nobody interested. Wonder why?

Jeff(bigtikidude)

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