Category: Surf

Surf Music!

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Moon-Rays

The Moon-Rays Official Site Sinister Surf, Sound Imp Records 2006 This may surprise you, but I already knew about the majority of the surf bands I’m reviewing before I started the Freaky Tiki Surf-ari. If I hadn’t heard of them on my own, then Strange Jason had recommended them to me. However, there are a …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Daikaiju

Daikaiju Official Site Daikaiju, Reptile Records 2005 Not to be confused with the similarly-named anthology series, Daikaiju is a surf band known for music influenced by Japanese monster movies (hence the name) and the kabuki masks worn by the four band members in order to hide their identities. Thankfully, the band’s origins are much less …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Witches in Bikinis

Say WHAT?

Witches in Bikinis Official Site Witches in Bikinis, Second Wind Productions 2005 A Scary Kind of Love, Second Wind Productions 2008 All Hallows Eve, Second Wind Productions 2009 Special Edition Sampler CD, Second Wind Productions 2009 Taking their name from the first song they ever recorded, Witches in Bikinis burst onto the scene in 2005 …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Strange But Surf

You are getting very sleepy...

Strange But Surf Official Site Swimming in Reverb, Rancho Records 2007 Surf can be a strange genre at times. It can both exist independently and be connected to Tiki culture. Despite the name “surf,” a surf song can have little or nothing to do with surfing (something that will be made very obvious over the …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Sound of Tiki

"I was *this* close to being the mascot for Cold Fusion Video Reviews..."

It all started when Strange Jason sent me a link to “Gateways to Geekery” article about exotica music from the Onion AV Club. Not only was it a great, highly informative read (although the author is laughably wrong about the quality of modern exotica groups), but it made me realize the connections between exotica/Tiki culture …

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Invasion Of The Surf Bands

Great news for all our readers in Massachusetts: Daikaiju and SPF-4 will be playing at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA on May 12th! In case you don’t know, Daikaiju is an amazing surf rock band inspired by Japanese monster movies and this show is only part of their ongoing “Flight of Garuda” …

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Away He GoGoes.

Just found out that Kevin “Sir GoGo Ghastly” Hair retired from The Ghastly Ones. They made the announcement on the site back on January 28th.  THE GHASTLY ONES want to extend a ghoulishly warm welcome to our newest member Ryan “Cousin Boris” Watusi who will be pounding the bass guitar in our band from here on …

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Give a Hoot

Halloween Hootenany Rob Zombie once had a record label and it was AWESOME. Along with the first Ghastly Ones record and a release from The Bomboras, Zombie A-Go-Go records put out one of the best Halloween compilations ever to grace this land – Halloween Hootenany. It’s amazing who’s on this and amazing to think that …

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Cold War, Warm Hearts

Messer Chups Official Site MySpace Buy their stuff here. Can’t recall where or when I came into the Messer Chups. It was a chance meeting with an illegal method but since they still have the mystery of international espionage and that sexy, sexy accent, I think it’s appropriate. If you can afford to, don’t go …

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It’s Alive! Frankie Stein and his Ghouls

Frankie Stein and his Ghouls A couple years ago, Scar Stuff introduced me to Frankie Stein and His Ghouls, a band that put out four vinyl releases of instro-horror-surf-frug-goodness that has been in my rotation ever since. A lot of it is really nice late-fifties inspired music meant for people to dance to. Frug. Twist. …

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Powered by the Dead: Gein and the Graverobbers

Gein and the Graverobbers http://www.geinandthegraverobbers.com http://www.myspace.com/geinandthegraverobbers Humanoids from the Deep, Necro-Tone Records 2000 Hang Ten, Necro-Tone Records 2001 Songs in the Key of Evil, Necro-Tone Records 2002 Passion of the Anti-Christ, Necro-Tone Records 2005 Gruesome Twosome, Necro-Tone Records 2007 Gein and the Graverobbers found me through MySpace a few years back, right around their ‘Passion …

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Night of the Living: The Crimson Ghosts

sts http://www.myspace.com/crimsonghosts The Crimson Gho Some Kinda Hits, Necro-Tone Records 1999(?) Earth E.P, Necro-Tone Records 2008 Out of Massachusetts comes The Crimson Ghosts, a band that plays instrumental surf renditions of Misfits songs. If you share my worldview, those quantifying elements alone should get an automatic ‘thumbs up’ and an enthusiastic cry of ‘Holy shit, …

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Creepy and Weird

Deadbolt http://www.deadboltband.com Shrunken Head, Cargo/Headhunter Records, 1994 Tiki Man, Cargo/Headhunter Records, 1994 Tijuana Hit Squad, Cargo/Headhunter Records, 1996 Zulu Death Mask, Cargo/Headhunter Records, 1998 Voodoo Trucker, Cargo/Headhunter Records, 1999 Hobo Babylon, Cargo/Headhunter Records, 2002 Haight Street Hippie Massacre: The Best of Deadbolt, Cargo/Headhunter Records, 2003 I Should Have Killed You, Cargo/Headhunter Records, 2005 High recommendation. …

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Hang Ten Years – The Ghastly Ones

The Ghastly Ones www.GhastlyOnes.com A-Haunting We’ll Go-Go, Zombie A Go-Go Records 1998 Glows In The Dark All-Plastic Assembly Kit, Ghastly Plastics 2005 Target: Draculon, Ghastly Plastics 2006 Unearthed , Ghastly Plastics 2007 If I’m to kick off a thirty-one day write-up of all the spooky music I like, it’s only fitting I start with The …

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