Aha! I want to participate in the challenge of posting songs in the Song Lyric Sunday but my mind doesn’t always agree and I come up with a song waaay too late. This time I just new it, like that (even on the 29th of December!!)
January 19, 2020 – Written or sung by Tom/Dick/Harry. Dick Dale it is. Not too many complicated lyrics but great music. I love to surf and that’s the whole explanation.
I chose ‘Surf Beat’ by Dick Dale and His Del-Tones. Relax and enjoy!
Richard Anthony Monsour or Dick Dale was a pioneer of surf music. Dale was known as “The King of the Surf Guitar”, which was also the title of his second studio album.
“Let’s Go Trippin'” is one of the first surf rock songs.This was followed by more locally released songs, including “Jungle Fever” and “Surf Beat” on his own Deltone label. His first full-length album was Surfers’ Choice in 1962.
The album was picked up by Capitol Records and distributed nationally, and Dale soon began appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show, and in films where he played his signature single “Misirlou”. He later stated, “I still remember the first night we played it (“Misirlou”). I changed the tempo, and just started cranking on that mother. And … it was eerie. The people came rising up off the floor, and they were chanting and stomping. I guess that was the beginning of the surfer’s stomp.” His second album was named after his performing nickname, “King of the Surf Guitar.”
Dale later said “There was a tremendous amount of power I felt while surfing and that feeling of power was simply transferred into my guitar“. His playing style reflected the experience he had when surfing, and projecting the power of the ocean to people.
‘Misirlou’ knew a revival in Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994) when it was used at the very beginning of the movie. Here is the opening scene followed by ‘Misirlou’.
The Black Eyed Peas sampled ‘Misirlou’ in a fantastic song, Pump It in 2006. When I used to run, this was THE song to get in the groove!