Surf rock was born in the sunny Southern California in the '60, between 1961 and 1965, and it is mainly instrumental.
Maybe the first band you think about when I say "Surf rock" is the beach boys, but the real king of the surf guitar is the one and only Dick Dale. Applause and bows, please.
perhaps you will remember him for Miserlou, the Pulp Fiction's song.
Well, Dick Dale is not only the musician from Pulp Fiction's song, he has made a great contribution to surf music, probably the biggest contribution, experimenting with reverberation and mading use of custom made Fender amplifiers, including the first-ever 100-watt guitar amplifier.
Nerdy-technical things about guitar: models favoured included those made by Fender (particularly the Mustang, Jazzmaster, Jaguar and Stratocaster guitars), Mosrite, Teisco, or Danelectro, usually with single coil pickups (which had high treble in contrast to double coil humbucker pickups). Surf music was one of the first genres to universally adopt the electric bass, particularly the Fender Precision Bass. yay! (thanks wikipedia)
This playlist includes my 7 fav. surf rock song:
- Dick Dale - Miserlou (of course)
- The Ventures - PIPELINE
- Dick Dale - Hava Nagila
- Man or astroman - 9 Volt
- Tempest - Los Straitjackets
- Nitro - Dick Dale
- Having An Average Weekend- by Shadowy Men on a Shadowy P
Raise the volume and shake your damn ass!