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The Bruce Johnston Surfing Band - Campus Pajama Partydotdot
artworkThis album was recorded live at the Sigma Pi fraternity at UCLA on January 6, 1962. It's crudely cut, and mostly pretty lame. "Campus Pajama Party" has little or no relationship to surf styles, but it is a surf-dance classic vocal. Most of the rest of the vocals are pedestrian white bread R&B, sappily sung, and badly recorded. Bruce Johnston is the lad that went on to Bruce & Terry and the Beach Boys, et al.
Picks: Ramrod, Last Night, Surfer's Delight (Surf Party), Green Onions

Track by Track Review


Ramrod dotdot
Frat Rock (Instrumental)

An exercise in "give it a surf name and it's a surf song," and bury the melody so bad it's almost impossible to recognize. Sounds more like a basic R&B frat progression, like "Last Night" too fast, or some other boogie nights space waster.

Last Night dotdot
Frat Rock (Instrumental)

Faster than is natural for this song, and not particularly interesting. A frat standard of the day.

Surfer's Delight (Surf Party) dotdot
Hollywood Surf (Instrumental)

This track is a basic frat party anthemic dance number, sax oriented, R&B flavored, and rhythmic.

Green Onions dotdot
Frat Rock (Instrumental)

Oh the sound of that electric piano, and the calls to "mash those potatoes now." Basic, piano instead of organ, and a mechanical trip through hitland. This is the live version from the Surfers Pajama Party album.