A survey of the hypnotic effects of Surf Rock (AKA West Coast Rock) on young ladies’ loss of libidinal self-control during the 1960’s.
Those who are not Boomers will automatically presume that Surf Rock included The Beach Boys of the Good Vibrations fame.
Blair Naso notes ,
The Beach Boys, by their own admission, were not surf rock and were not listened to by actual surfers. Real surf rock was instrumental music made for dancing on the beach with pretty girls whose name you barely knew while you tried to escape from your abusive father.
Despite its lack of lyrics, surf rock was bangin’ music. This isn’t immediately apparent, but as you listen to these lesser known hits (available on a compilation I have), think about how young people would dance. Like, what kind of young people would dance to it, what kind of dancing you would do, and how this was the absolutely hardest rockin’ music available at the time.
Naso understates the bangin’ aspect. Surf Rock shot rockets into the stratosphere.
The above video shows The Ventures playing Wipeout in 1966. You can see the excitement on their faces as they perform, because they know they’re going to get mobbed (and more) by young women after the show.
The Ventures charted thirty-eight albums (including a seasonal Christmas album) in the US, and six of fourteen chart singles made it into the Top 40, with three making it into the Top 10. Of their 38 chart albums, 34 of them occurred in the 1960s, and the Ventures rank as the 6th best pop album performer for that decade, according to “Joel Whitburn’s Top Pop Albums”.
Among their achievements in America, in 1963 the Ventures had five LPs in the Billboard Top 100 of the albums chart at the same time. With over 110 million albums sold worldwide, the group remains the best-selling instrumental rock group of all time.
Now what, pray tell, could be the reason for such sensational, perennial, perineal popularity?
Because, The Ventures‘ hits, Walk, Don’t Run, Pipeline, and Wipeout, among many others, were classics that were known to magically peel off panties and snap G-string bikinis.
The next video shows the same men playing Pipeline about a decade later. Can you imagine how much p00n they must’ve had to become this drizzled and jaded? A young Peter Frampton plays with them on the stage left.
These songs are dripping with wild passion fruit juice, which can still be felt through a 60-year-old recording. The bass line was an integral part of the pyle-driving passion. Unfortunately, the bass was not well captured in those early recordings.
Apache, written by Jorgen Ingmann, and covered by The Shadows and The Ventures, was one particular song with the right combination of energy and romance that lured young people to slink off into nearby bushes and the broad backseats of Buicks in the trance of lurve.
Peter Frampton, a popular signature rocker of the 70’s, grew up on West Coast Rock and attempted to integrate this same sexual sensuality into his music using unique, playful guitar solos. His style is perhaps best exemplified in his piece, Baby I love your way.
Tom Petty, who just died in 2017 after a long, illustrious career, was perhaps the last mainstream Rocker with roots in the West Coast Rock scene.
There is no music today that can compare to these hits in terms of their sheer magical power over women’s p@ssies.
I imagine that today’s sex drought would make this bit of history rather incredible to younger generations. But believe it or not, this is how the drought all began – rebellious girls gone wild in the thralls of impromptu bangs with boys on the beach.
Exit Question: This might be a long shot, but is there anyone on Spawny’s Space who was born in the 1940’s or early 50’s and who had such an experience? If so, could you tell us about it for the sake of posterity?
- Blair Naso: Six Unwholesome Classic Rock-n-Roll Songs (2019 July 12)