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Challengers - Surfbeat (CD)€109,00
Vuonna 1963 julkaistu albumi + pari bonusbiisiä. ______________________________________
The artist, Randy Nauert, Randy@gooey.com , December 24, 1998
This is the first album released of Surf Music.
Here’s some copy that I wrote for the re-issue of our album Surfbeat on
Elvis Costello’s label, Edsel, in England.
Who would ever know, when I think back to how I started, that I would
get swept into an international phenomena called Surf Music? I was in
the 8th grade, played records for school dances and had some musical
training. When two guys in the neighborhood started playing guitar, I
thought it would be much more fun to be in a group. I asked If I learn
how to play guitar, can I be in the group?” They said they already had
two guitars but if I learned how to play bass guitar they could use me.
I bought one, started playing…I’d go sit in the lead guitar players
bedroom and he’d show me parts and within a year the Belairs had a hit
record ”Mr. Moto”. The parents started interfering and we split up. Half
the group formed The Challengers Band.
The Challengers recorded the first album of ”Surf Music”. It was called
Surfbeat. We did it in 3 1/2 hours at a jazz studio owned by World
Pacific Records. It was basically a live set of songs that we were
performing at dances up and down the Southern California coast. I think
the next night we did a gig with the Beach Boys at the Hermosa Biltmore
Hotel…admission was $1.00 and the fan club sold sodas. Afterwards we
divided up the money in a coffee shop nearby…one for you, one for you,
one for me, until each of us had all our pockets stuffed full with
dollar bills. I remember feeling rich!
The album was a huge success and when other people heard how simple it
was the market became flooded with imitations trying to capture some of
the profits…there were some good ones too but Surfbeat was the first.
As a group we became accomplished studio musicians and played on albums
and singles for Sonny & Cher, The Surfaris, Boyce and Hart (who wrote
for the Monkeys) and others. I got 10 bucks a track for recordings, 50
bucks for the entire Wipeout album by the Surfaris…the money wasn’t
important, we were having fun. At concerts we would back other singers
during their parts of shows and these included Little Richard, Chuck
Berry, The Righteous Brothers, Trini Lopez, Donovan, Jimmy Clanton, Jan
& Dean, Dick Dee Dee, The Rivingtons, The Olympics, The Drifters & The
Coasters…I can’t remember them all. We did portions of the first US.
tours of the Rolling Stones, The Animals and The Dave Clark Five…TV
and live work with Marvin Gaye, The Byrds, Jerry Lee Lewis, Wilson
Pickett, James Brown, Duane Eddy, Ike & Tina Turner, Joe Tex, The
Jefferson Airplane, The Mamas and Papas and many more. We had our own
weekly one hour TV show called ”Surfs Up” and did guest appearances on
American Bandstand, Shebang and an endless stream of other music shows.
Surfing was a regional folk art culture with its own language, clothing,
movies, magazines, comic strips, dance steps, music and television
shows…a complete lifestyle. The simplicity was having a car, a pair of
trunks and a board. You’d come home from high school, throw your stick
in the back of you woody and head for a blast off evening riding in
God’s little envelopes (hollow, tubing waves). You desire was to arrive
at the beach, temperature hot, water surface glassy, waves like corduroy
to the horizon, paddle out, take off on a steep one and get locked in
the green room hanging ten (toes over the nose of your board). At sunset
you’d climb back up the bluff to the car, listen to Surfbeat on the
radio and go back to rendezvous with the reality of Mom and homework.
The real culture was amazingly small. Geographically, less than 1000
miles, stretching from 39 kilometers below”