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The Teen-Beats - Night Surfing c/w Clair De Lune Rockdotdotdot
artworkThis 1961 single from the Teen-Beats is pretty early for surf, with a release date of September 4, 1961, or so I've read. Nifty stuff. They were a studio group fronted by Don Rivers (Sherrell) who had issued a single in 1961 credited to The Teen-Beats featuring Don Rivers and the Califfs.
Picks: Night Surfing, Clair De Lune Rock

Track by Track Review


Night Surfing dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Night Surfing" is a minimal instrumental with a simple progression and a presurf rock'n'roll edge. It's pretty cool in a small town combo kinda way, and the drums are crisp. This track was reissued as "Swimmin' Part One" in 1964.

Clair De Lune Rock dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Clair De Lune Rock" is a slightly up-tempo vintage rocker with a grinding frantic groove. Similar in aural quality, but not at all the same melody or progression as part one. A "Honey Don't" intro to part two is guttier but no more interesting than part one. This is a great rockabilly boogie, while also being as simple as they come. It's actually quite infectious. Rhythmic and energetic, it lacks only from a lead guitar not present enough. Damn cool track. It was reissued in 1964 as "Swimmin' Part Two."