|This is the original release of The Surfaris' Surfer Joe c/w Wipe-Out. Note that "Wipe-Out" is hyphenated. Both sides were edited down for the subsequent releases on Princess and Dot. This is as essential as it gets. It launched a long and sordid tale of double dealings and dishonesty, several law suits, tarnished reputations, lifelong bitter feelings, and three different lineups all claiming use of the name. DFS stands for Dale Francis Smallen, whose laugh and call of "wipe out" is heard in the intro. Smallen sold the single to Richard Delvy (Delvecchio), who edited both sides down and released it on the Princess label before licensing it out to Dot. |
There is a ton of written information on the rest of the story, and many untold traumas as well. Over the years, I've talked with most of the principals, each having very different versions of the history. All the ranker aside, this one single is a very important part of rock history. Ron Wilson's drums in "Wipe Out" were the acid test for drummers during auditions fort many years afterward. I've heard lots of people play this song live, including Ron Wilson. It's his, and his alone.