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Cool Music for a Hot Day.

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It most definately wasn't 10 degrees and getting colder (sly Gordon Lightfoot shoutout there) yesterday. And in an effort to cool down a bit, I went trolling through You Tube looking for some cool videos. Maybe "Popsicle" (Jan and Dean) or "Sleigh Ride" (The Ronettes) but instead ended up on the beach.

I like "surf music". Not so much Dick Dale, I find him a little corse for my tastes. I'm more of a Ventures kind of guy. So while surfing.....bad pun.....around You Tube, I came up with this:

It's from the 2003 LP "Acoustic Surf", the group being The Duo-Tones. And yes, it's "Pipeline", the 1962 hit by The Chantays. On that '62 version of the song was guitar player Bob Orr.

He's one half of the Duo-Tones.

The other half is partially responsible for "surf music" overall. In 1960, Paul Johnson and a bunch of his friends (including drummer Dick Dodd, who later with The Standells recorded "Dirty Water") got a little band together in Redondo Beach, California and recorded what (along with Dick Dale's "Let's Go Trippin'", which was released within a week of the song in question) is geneerally considered the 1st or 2nd "surf music" song. Remember this?

Paul went on to join Cat Mother And The All Nite News Boys, and has played with a reformed Sufaris since about 2005. But it sure sounds like he has more fun with Gil playing both acoustic and electric surf as a duo.

I like acoustic guitar. I also like surf music, and when played acoustically, it has a little less of an edge to it, becoming more "sit around the campfire" music. Smoother, more relaxed and to me more enjoyable. An example would be their rendition of the Freddie King stomper, "Hideaway"....

.....which becomes so much more relaxed than the "classic" Eric Clapton/Bluesbreakers version. Paul and Gil still do gigs together, usually in small venues in Southern California, and I assume dragging them up here somewhere would be like pulling teeth, but boy, I wish someone would do it. It's definately cool music.

You can find out more, and order records and other stuff at paul's website, There's a lot of good stuff, and good music there.