From the Vault...


The Surfaris
"Wipe Out! The Best Of The Surfaris"

© Varese Sarabande Records

Year of Release: 1994

track listing
  • Wipe Out
  • Surfer Joe
    (Hit Version)
  • Scatter Shield
  • Murphy The Surfie
  • Hot Rod High
  • Mystic Island Drums
  • Point Panic
  • Wakiki Run
  • I Wanna Take A Trip
    To The Islands
  • Catch A Little Ride With Me
  • Burnin' Rubber
  • Beat 65
  • Boss Barracuda
  • Hawatha
  • Big Surge
  • Karen
  • Surf Scene
  • Surfer Joe
    (Original Version)

  • WSVNRadio Archives
    A B C D E F G H I J K L M
    N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

    The Surfaris related sites:
    The Surfaris Website
    Previous Review: #1072
    Dinah Shore--Buttons And Bows
    Next Review: #1074
    Jay-Z/Linkin Park--Collision Course
    The Surfaris
    "Wipe Out! The Best Of The Surfaris"

    It's November, 2007, and of course, the weather will be colder as we face another winter. To keep warm, it's easy to listen to Surf Music. "Wipe Out" has been a staple for any bands, where the drummers get to show off their drumming skills. (Yes, even the band I was in back in 1985, we performed this immortal classic song.) The Surfaris may have only been known for "Wipe Out," yet it's interesting to hear what else they recorded. Varase Sarabande's compilation, Wipe Out! the Best Of The Surfaris captures great surfing music, from a band that not only recorded instrumentals, but included vocals as well.

    "Surfer Joe" (Hit Version) includes vocals, and its music resembles a bit to "Wipe Out," and the vocals and the song's style has a somewhat novelty sound. Compared to the last track, which is the original version, has no differences, other than the original version having additional vocal verses. Another great surf band to compare on the following songs -- "Scatter Shield," "Murphy The Surfie," and "Front Panic," -- are The Trashmen.

    "Hot Rod High" has the Beach Boys sound, with vocals. Good instrumental with drum soloing is "Mystic Island Drums." "Wahiki Run" is another another one of those Wipe Out sound alikes, but no real emphasis on the drums. "I Wanna take A Trip To The Islands" has vocals, and sounds like an early Beatles song, as if they would have attempted the surf style.

    "Catch A Little Ride With Me" is another Beach Boys styled song. The Chantays' "Pipeline" compares to the next track, "Burnin' Rubber." "Beat 65" has a typical surfing sound, as other songs such as "Hiwatha, "Big Surge," and "Surf Scene." "Boss Barracuda" (co-written by Bobby Darin), is another song sounding like the Beach Boys/Jan & Dean, likewise "Karen."

    Some very impressive surf music, as the music of The Surfaris compares to other surf-related artists of the 1960s: The Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, Dick Dale, The Trashmen, The Chantays. A good collection of music, where this band recorded good music, other than "Wipe Out."

    © All rights reserved. Review or any portion may not be reproduced without written permission. Cover art is the intellectual property of Varese Sarabande Records and is used for reference purposes only.

    Previous Review: #1072
    Dinah Shore--Buttons And Bows
    Next Review: #1074
    Jay-Z/Linkin Park--Collision Course