Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2022 - The Surfaries

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Growing up in the 1960s (I know a long time ago), everyone wanted to be in a rock band. Garage bands permeated the neighborhoods as we all tried to be the next Elvis. Every kid I knew aspired to become a rock star by playing guitar or drums. If you were an (aspiring) drummer there was a barometer that measured your ability and a prerequisite to joining a band. When asked if you were any good the response was simple. “I can play Wipeout.” If you could, you were allowed to join the band.

Wipeout was one of those songs that fit into the “Dick Dale” California surf sound. It sounded complex on the surface yet when you examine the music it was actually a simple song. Regardless, it became a standard.

It is rare when an instrumental song tops the charts or lives as long as Wipeout has endured. Over the years Wipe Out has taken on a life of its own being featured in numerous Hollywood movies and television commercials. It is even being featured in the Broadway play Trip Of Love.

The version we will hear today is from a 2011 video filmed some 49 years after the original release in 1962. The Surfaris show us how it is done. Their hair is a little grayer, but the sound is the same.

Let’s go back to when the surfing sound was all the rage. Here’s Wipeout.


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Comments (3)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Joseph. The mention of the Safaries immediately brought to mind "Wipeout". And it might not leave my mind all day! Keep these coming. Enjoy your day.

Jun 21, 2022 05:06 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

I agree with Wayne Martin. Today the sounds of Wipeout will be hard to remove from my mind.  The video is exceptional, thank you.

Jun 21, 2022 06:43 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Oh my gosh, Joseph- I can remember at one of our parties..Wipeout was playing and everyone started dancing wildly to it.  Can you imagine!

Jun 21, 2022 06:15 PM