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Archive for December, 2012

No Smoking on Board - Portuguese surf band

When I read the name I didn´t figure it to be a name for a surf band.

When I read the label for their debut cd "Reverb or Bust" it became interesting and the name of the cd "Boards and Bikinis" was most promising.

The cd was recorded in Porto - Portugal in May 2011 and released in 2012.

It´s a combination of instrumentals and vocals, some covers and many own songs.

Bikini Drag (Pyramids), Run Mustang Run (own), 10 Waves of Bad Surf (own) and "The Sound of the Surf Guitar (adaption of Dick Dale´s King of the Surf Guitar) are my picks.

Shark Reef and The Haunted Wind can be heard or seen on their homepage:

If you listen carefully you´ll hear licks by The Fendermen, Trashmen etc. The vocals remind me of Walter Egan´s group  The Malibooz.

Nice beach rock - pop and surf from Southern Europe!!


Beach Boys 1966 Tour picture book

The Beach Boys on Tour 1966: Surfboards, Stratocasters, Striped Shirts

160 pages book with pictures from the April to November 1966 tour around the world. 

Over 160 glossy pages of previously unpublished photos from The Beach Boys 1966 tour. Backstage, onstage, dressing room rehearsals... Foreword by founding member of The Beach Boys: Bruce Johnston.

I ordered my copy directly from Bill Balsa.

Price 39,95 plus p + p

best wishes from Germany


2012 MP3 Compilation is now on

I'm pleased to announce that the SG101 2012 MP3 compilation is now available on By uploading our collection to we are sharing our little comp with a much wider audience. Several tracks in the past have been used in independent films and videos. In addition we get a nice convenient place to download all the tracks at once in a .zip archive. You can also stream the tracks using the Javascript player or download as a torrent. Please spread the word and share this link.

Thanks to everyone who contributed this year! 

Please consider donating to for providing this nifty service and for everything else they do!


New Farfisas Holiday CD Released "Festive Farfisas"

Just in time for the Holidays! The wacky new album of Surf Holiday Favorites from "The Farfisas"

Happy Holidays from The Farfisas!
Frankie, Freddie, Fredo & Philip

The Good The Bad release exclusive bundle deals

The Good The Bad have announced new bundle deals to celebrate the re-release of their previously sold out debut album "From 001 To 017".

Now on ltd edition PINK vinyl, it's available for £29+postage when bundled with the latest LP 'From 034 To 050, also specially released on WHITE vinyl.

Additionally, all three albums are now available in a CD Digipak trilogy for £29+postage.

Here's some reviews of the latest album, released in October 2012:


Crowd funding Nokie Edwards' hospital costs

This may be old news already, but the crowd funding site has a campaign going for The Ventures guitarist Nokie Edwards, who incurred a mountain of hospital costs in Japan.

Check it if you're interested in helping the family of the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame surf guitar legend.

Dear Friends and Fan family,
We are trying to raise money to help with Nokie Edwards hospital bills and care. He had two heart attacks while on tour in Japan. He has been in two hospital Sendi and Tokyo. We have cover one hospital and now trying to pay the bills from Tokyo Saiseikai Central Hospital. He has had a pacemaker/defib w/4 leads and 3 stints on his left side of his heart. We hope for him to be up and playing guitar soon. Music is the best therapy. He is a strong man that loves his music and his fans around the world. We have just found out that the MusiCare program Twill not help Nokie wirh his hospital bills because his heart attacks happened in Japan. I am asking our friends and fan family to please pass Nokie's Hospital Care link through their internet address books and facebook and twitter, Thank you for all your prays. God Bless, Judy

The Routers and the Marketts still keep on rockin'

Just when you thought they were through, the Marketts just released a new album and the Routers are getting ready to release their second album of the year, entitled "Live At The Hollywood Bowl - The Routers" recorded live in 1963, the quality of the sound isn't that great but then they didn't have the technology that we have today. 

Both bands were formed by Mike Gordon and Gordon wrote the Marketts first hit, "Surfer's Stomp" which sold half a million copies.  Gordon then wrote "Out Of Limits" which sold over a million copies and earned him his 2nd BMI Award for instrumental of the year.

The Routers also had a smash hit with the hand-clapping instrumental called, "Let's Go" which can still be heard at sports events and used in many movies and television shows.  The Marketts "Out of Limits" was used in Pulp Fiction and many other movies.  

For more info on the Marketts and Routers, please visit and

Description by Jake Foerster.

Christmas with The Falcons

Seasons Greetings from Canada!

Wishing you all a holiday season filled with kindness, happiness - and lots of fun!

To get things started, here's some Christmas cheer from The Falcons: "Les Anges dans nos Campagnes (Angels on High)" on Youtube.

Merry Christmas!
Mike Beddoes
The Falcons


Eddie Bertrand 2007 Interview on KCR

A huge thank-you to HBKahuna for posting this video of an interview with Eddie Bertrand (Belairs, Eddie & The Showmen) by Tiki Tena at KCR radio at Clint Beachwood's show in 2007. This is a fascinating interview with details about the early days of the Belairs and meeting Leo Fender.

We love you Eddie!

Sneak Peak at The Turbosonics Upcoming CD

The Turbosonics self-titled, debut CD is complete!!! 

The shiny new disk contains eight, original, high powered, surf-rock instrumental tunes sure to blow your ears off.  The Turbo-lads will soon announce details for the rockin' CD Release Party... but, here's your chance to get a sneak peak at what's on the album.

Go to Youtube to stream the single "Zombie-A-Go-Go" or go to Bandcamp where you can stream the song for free or download it for $1.  (You get a bonus track when you purchase Zombie-A-Go-Go from Bandcamp too - check it out!)

Here's what people are saying about The Turbosonics and their new album:

  •  Sean McDowell / WDVE says, "These guys are my friends and they've been perfecting their style for a few years now at clubs all over town...congrats to them on their debut CD...The Turbosonics rock and they're REALLY good "live!"
  •  Tom Breiding says, "The Turbosonics are the real deal - authentic, creative, talented, dynamic, and one rockin' surf band!"
  •  DJ Zombo / WRCT says, “The Turbosonics have that rare ability to play all their songs in the key of cool.”
  •  Slim Forsythe says, "The world has been waitin' way too long for this baby! Pittsburgh's Premier Surf Rock Power Trio, the Turbosonics, debut CD is here at last!  I love it!"