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The Tornadoes - Bustin' Surfboards c/w Beyond The Surfdotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis first single from the Tornadoes is simply essential to any surf library. The [Hollywood] Tornadoes were a raw band assembled by the three Sanders brothers plus a drummer. Their echoplexed surf sound was ominous and tribal. Confusion between them and the Tornados (no "e") of "Telstar" fame drove them to augment their name to the Hollywood Tornadoes and eventually the Nu Tornadoes. Early on, they were called the Vaqueros.
Picks: Bustin' Surfboards, Beyond The Surf

Track by Track Review


Bustin' Surfboards dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Bustin' Surfboards" is one of the most recognizable of the tribal surf instros from the sixties. It's drum dominated raw sound was nothing short of magical when I first heard it on KRLA. This is one of the essential surf instros, a desert island must-have.

Beyond The Surf dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one of the coolest of the haunting flat water instros. It's right up there with Davie Allan's "Beyond The Blue." It's slow, piercing, fluid, and relentlessly mysterious, with a wandering vision permeating the whole piece. The superfine use of echo on the guitar adds much, as does the coming and going of the brushed crash cymbal. Great track!