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What are they? I'm not asking about the biggest hits or songs that most typify the surf sound, but your personal faves- the songs that always make your hair stand on end, inspire you and make you tell everyone else in the room to shut up for a minute.

In no particular order (and with my fave version), I offer:
1- Camel Walk (Parts 1 & 2) - The Saxons
2- Sunset Beach - The Surf Piranahs
3- Dreams - The Surf Coasters
4- Rell Sun Aloha - Slacktone
5- The Breeze and I - The Vibrants
6- A Run for Life - Dick Dale
7- Quiet Surf - Richie Allen and the Pacific Surfers
8- Surf Party - The Astronauts
9- Solaris Stomp - The Space Cossacks
10- The Cruel Sea - The Ventures (Live in Japan version)

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Surf Rider - Lively Ones
Walkin' the Board - Lively Ones
Doheny Dawn - The Volcanos!
Endless Dream - The Dynotones
Tiger Shark - Insect Surfers
Praia Verde - The Sidemen
Mysterioso - Slacktone
Contact - The Tormentos
Surfing The Light - The Concaves
Venetian Silhouettes - Aqua Velvets

The Ghastly Stomp - Ghastly Ones
Hollywood Nocturne - Ghastly Ones
Exolumina - Space Cossacks
Apes of Wrath - Space Cossacks
Burning Mirage - The Madeira
Rogue Wave - The Madeira
Scarlett Fever - The 'Verb
Peter Lorre - Satan's Pilgrims
Chrome Czars - Reluctant Aquanauts
Codename: Gypsy - The Penetrators

I don't know if this is cheating or not because some of these are actually more than one song, but these are my all time favorite specific recordings.

Pull of the Moon - The Mermen - At the Haunted House
Into the West / Be My Noir - The Mermen - At the Haunted House
Emmylou Rides Clarence West and then South - The Mermen - Gnarly Reef KFJC comp
Anabelle Lee / Red Asphault - Pollo Del Mar - Year of the Rooster
A Flash of Green - Pollo Del Mar - This one's never been released, but it's the version they played in the KFJC pit in December 2004
Sandstorm - The Madeira - Sandstorm
Moroccan Adventures - The Space Cossacks - Best of...
Intruder - The Surf Coasters - Curl Rider KFJC comp
Punta Baja - The Eliminators - Totally Tubular KFJC comp (from their Woodies on the Wharf performance)
Siboney - Johnny Fortune - Rare Surf Vol. 3

In the order they come to me:

Pipeline - The Chantays (no, I'm not kidding)
Opening The Watergate - The Infrareds
Camp Blood - Gein and The Graverobbers
Fasten Seatbelts - The Razorblades
XKE - The Boss Martians
The Cruel Sea as performed by The Revelairs
Walk, Don't Run as performed by The Ventures
Nightrider - Dick Dale
Landlocked - The Squares
Last of The V-8 Interceptors - The Penetrators

This list is subject to change depending on what I'm listening to at the moment.

Oh, and Tsunami Surprise - The Space Cossacks. Yeah, I know that's 11.

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El Capitan and The Reluctant Sadists
SSS Agent #31

In no particular order...

"Pipeline" (The Chantays)
"Riptide" (Chevell)
"Inertia!" (The Hustlers)
"Sandstorm" (The Madeira)
"Riverside Run" (The Volcanos)
"Wipe Out" (The Surfaris)
"Miserlou" (Dick Dale & The Del-Tones)
"Surf Rat" (The Rumblers)
"Bangalore" (The Blazers)
"Surf Rider" (The Lively Ones)


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Random order save for #1:
Surf Rider..The Lively Ones
Mr Moto...The Belairs
Squad Car..Eddie And The Showmen
Latinia..The Sentinals
Pipeline..The Chantays
Baja..The Astronauts
The Wedge...DD
Moon Dawg...The Beach Boys
Depth Charge...Jon And The Nightriders



All 1st Wave

Miserlou Dick Dale
The Jester Jim Messina and the Jesters
Mr. Moto The Belairs
Rik a Tic The Lively Ones
Movin' Eddie and the ShowmenBaja
Baja The Astronauts
Chiflado The Belairs
Latinia The Sentinals
K-39 The Challengeers
Yellow Jacket The Knights
Diamond Head The ventures

Lands End - Laika & The Cosmonauts
Jewel of Duende - Space cossacks
surf party - Astronauts
Tantrum - Laika & the Cosmonauts
Last Ride - Bambi Molesters
They Call the wind maria - Pj & artie
The Godfather - Satan's pilgrims
Telstar - The ventures
'57 fury - the Nebulas
Guitar Tango - The Shadows

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todays top ten:

pipeline - the chantays
solaris stomp - the space cossacks
fathomless - the fathoms
walk don't run - the ventures
baja - the duotones (electric version)
moving target - jon and the nightriders
point conception - the eliminators
wataridori - the surf coasters
surf rider - the lively ones
coolangatta - the insect surfers

Pipeline - The Chantays
Wayward Nile - The Chantays
The Wedge/ A Run For Life - Dick Dale
Miserlou Twist/ Miserlou- Dick Dale
Cruel Sea - The Challengers
Walk, Don't Run - Billy Strange
Latin'ia - The Sentinals
Theme From Endless Summer - The Sandals
Mr. Moto - The Belairs
Vaquero- The Tornadoes

tough one, give me a week...

cool lists folks!

Lands End - Laika & The Cosmonauts
Tantrum - Laika & the Cosmonauts

Woo! Laika fan!

Science friction burns my fingers.

  1. Baja (the Astronauts)
  2. Miserlou (Dick Dale)
  3. Earthquake at Surf City (Jon & the Nightriders)
  4. Gear (Dave Meyers)
  5. Samba Estrella (Los Twang Marvels)
    6 Longboard Legato (Slacktone)
  6. Fiesta del Cossacapulco (Space Cossacks)
  7. Mar Gaya (Fender Four)
  8. The Hearse (Al Casey)
  9. Pacifica (Los Straitjackets)

Ten is Tough. I could use 15-20 choices, but these are my current faves.

  1. The Wedge (I believe that this is the same as Run For Life): Dick Dale
  2. Squad Car: Eddie and the Showmen
  3. Timebomb: Avengers VI
  4. Cecelia Ann: Surftones
  5. The Hearse: The Astronauts
  6. El Gato: The Chandelles
  7. Sticky: The Nocturnes
  8. Third Star to the Left: The Nocturnes
  9. Disintegration:The Ready Men
  10. Werewolf: The Frantics

The Exotics 1994-Current
The Chickenshack -

These are just off the top o my head but it's probably fairly close...

1) The Victor-Dick Dale
2) Everybody Up-Fender Four
3) Ocean Beach-Mermen
4) Solaris Stomp-Space Cossacks
5) The Jester-Jim Messina & the Jesters
6) Firewater-Astronauts
7) Bells of St Kahuna-Slacktone
Cool Meximelt-Southern Culture on the Skids
9) Tailspin-Eddie Angel (Los Straitjackets)
10) Global Village-Laika & the Cosmonauts

Shawn Martin

Woo! Laika fan!

Yeah, easily one of my favorite bands of any genre. Worship

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Woo! Laika fan!

Yeah, easily one of my favorite bands of any genre. Worship

Same here man.

Making a list like this is nearly impossible for me. But I'll give it a shot and list some surf songs I just REALLY enjoy.

Dick Dale - Miserlou
Laika & the Cosmonauts - Global Village
Laika & the Cosmonauts - Aztec Two-Step
Laika & the Cosmonauts - Floating
Bambi Molesters - Hawaii Joe
Bitch Boys - Revenge of the Amor
Space Cossacks - Red Sunrise

Ah, I give up.

Science friction burns my fingers.

Man, this was tough to narrow down. In no particular order (after the first 3) ...

  1. Ventures - Journey to the Stars
  2. Crossfires - Fiberglass Jungle
  3. Dick Dale - Misirlou
  4. Jim Messina & the Jesters - Yang Bu
  5. Surf Coasters - Intruder
  6. Fender IV - Mar Gaya
  7. Vistas - Moon Relay
  8. El Caminos - Big Surf (I like their version way more than the original.)
  9. Satan's Pilgrims - Creature Feature
  10. Pollo Del Mar - A Flash of Green


That was excessively violent and completely unnecessary. I loved it.

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