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Jon and the Nightriders - California Fun c/w Surfin' Japanesedotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is another demonstration that surf and most other forms of music can be merged together successfully, sometimes yielding a stronger track than the original through the synergy of the forms. This is such a single, at least the "Surfin' Japanese" side, which blasts off from the the Vapours' "Turning Japanese."
Picks: California Fun, (I Think I'm) Surfing Japanese

Track by Track Review


California Fun dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great medley of instrumentalized Beach Boys classics, fast and furious fun indeed. Jon and the Nightriders bring out the hidden surf in the beach culture classics with speed, fun, and reverb!

(I Think I'm) Surfing Japanese dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An amazing track, inspired by the Vapours' (I Think I'm) Turning Japanese. This not only captures all the fun new wave edge of the Vapours, but adds to it with the intensity of Jon and the Nightriders. It is infectious, fun, and powerful. A must have track. Produced by Kim Fowley "live in the studio" at Heritage Studios, LA 1981.