Surf Rock. David Ferragamo Mike Delacruz Nick Melto December 10 th 2012. Introduction to Surf R ock.
December 10th 2012
Surf Rock Originated in Southern California and began in the early 1960’s. It began as instrumental dance music with a medium to fast tempo, mostly by electric guitar and saxophone, and was pioneered by Dick Dale, followed by performers such as Duane Eddy and Link Wray. Another type of Surf Rock that came along after just instrumentals was Vocal Surf Pop including both surf ballads and dance music, most recognized by the Beach Boys. Instrumentals from the surf rock style that were played by a guitar reused in many of the films in the James Bond series, and influenced the music of many spy films of the 1960s. Surf music ended up influencing a few rock musicians later in the 1900’s, such as Keith Moon of The Who, East Bay Ray of the Dead Kennedys, and Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago.
Surf Rock has two strains, vocal and instrumental
Jan and Dean started vocal surf music in 1959 with their hit “Baby Talk”, followed by another hit called “Surf City”
These songs all contained high harmony vocals and Chuck Berry guitar riffs
Soon after Jan and Dean came the Beach Boys
Basically took the spotlight away from Jan and Dean
In 1961, as surfing became much more popular on the West Coast, Dick Dale and the Del-Tones came out with a soundtrack, starting with “Let’s Go Trippin’”
Dale was actually a surfer himself
He developed a unique style of electric guitar playing the fused Middle-Eastern influences and staccato picking.
Although it might not be accepted as a style of rock, it has influenced bands from the 70’s all the way to the 90’s, and even some today.
Beach Boys, Very popular Surf Rock Band
The Rivieras, had a hit “California Sun”
Jan and Dean, #1 hit “Surf City”
Formed in 1961 in Hawthorne, California
The group was originally composed of three brothers, Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, their cousin, Mike Love, and a close friend, Al Jardine
Gained popularity through the U.S. by their close vocal harmonies
Their lyrics expressed the Southern California youth, which included surfing, cars and romance.
“Good Vibrations”, their hit single released in 1966, that was very different from simple surf rock
Intricate and multilayered sounds
Surf Rock had an impact on music today
People singing together, talking about things that are cool
They do play Surf Music at Classic Car Shows
Surf Rock is still played on the oldies radio station and the classical rock stations