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Johnny and the Hurricanes - Beatnik Fly c/w Sand Stormdotdotdotdotdot
artworkWhile the A-side "Beatnik Fly" was the hit, it is the intensely rhythmic B-side "Sand Storm" that takes the surf-readiness prize.

Johnny and the Hurricanes was fronted by saxman Johnny Paris, with Paul Tesluk's organ often taking the alternate lead, except when ace guitarist Dave Yorko took the helm on tracks like "Sand Storm" and the mighty "Sheba." Butch Mattice played bass, and Don Staczek played drums, later replaced by Bill Savitch.
Picks: Beatnik Fly, Sand Storm

Track by Track Review


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Organ Sax (Instrumental)

This is another track morphing a traditional song, as was the majority of the singles from this band. "Blue Tail Fly [Jimmy Crack Corn and I Don't Care]" became "Beatnik Fly" over a cool backtrack and Dave Yorko's great guitar. The intro is so sad, then the Beat rhythm, breaks out and the cool jazz bass line, and then that whistlin' organ and mumblin' sax. It's way fun and melodic.

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Pre Surf (Instrumental)

Dave Yorko's simple infectious guitar line, mixed with bells, a pumping choppy organ and sax sums up to a mighty fine track. The Neon Spores used to do this song to great effect. Some enterprising surf band should pick this up and surf the Hell out of it.