Category: The Surfaris

The Surfairs – The Best of the Surfaris

ARTIST: The Surfaris MI0003887849
TITLE: The Best of the Surfaris
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
SINGLES: Charting singles: Wipe Out (#2, #10 R&B), Surfer Joe (#62), Point Panic (#49)
LINEUP: Ron Wilson, Jim Fuller, Bob Berryhill, Pat Connolly, Jim Pash
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Band gets a fluke national hit, sustains enough of a career to have several albums and compilations. I chose this one. It’s all you need and a LOT more.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: “Wipe Out” was a fluke hot, thanks to a hypnotic guitar line and a great drum solo. “Surfer Joe” is a novelty that isn’t that great – and was just a B-side that people flipped on occasion.

The rest of these songs follow along the “Wipe Out” formula somewhat or trying to write songs similar to the Beach Boys or Jan & Dean. (“Hot Rod High” – oh, God) Some have drum solos, some don’t. Do you need any more than “Wipe Out”?

Don’t ponder too long. I heard all of these. I know the answer. At least all the songs are short.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The sounds at the beginning of “Wipe Out” were supposed to be a surf board breaking – and it was a board broken by Berryhill’s dad. The maniacal laughter came from their manager.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No. But watch for re-recordings, etc.

GRADE: D+: If this didn’t have “Wipe Out”…but if it didn’t have “Wipe Out” it wouldn’t exist. Just find an original copy of “Wipe Out”