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So I've joined a surf instrumental band- tune suggestions appreciated

Discussion in 'Band Wagon' started by blowtorch, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    Wisco
    Looking for stuff that isn't traditionally surf stuff-

    I'm developing the band with the bass player. Guitar (me), bass, drums, trumpet, and keys.
    We've got a few trad surf tunes in the mix (Walk Don't Run, Wipeout, Black Sand Beach, Hawaii 5-O and that one's a workout, wow) And a few surfy tunes including a workup of the Munsters theme, Tequila, ...but what I'm interested in is taking non-surf tunes and working them up into cool surfy instrumentals. My ideas are Billy Idol's Rebel Yell, Chris Isaak Wicked Game, Flock of Seagulls" I Ran"...
    Any other ideas of tunes that might work well in this vein?

    Thanks!
     
  2. King Creole

    King Creole Friend of Leo's

    Jan 24, 2011
    Colorado
    Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf has some great simple melodies that could be turned to surf tunes beautifully.

     
  3. ndcaster

    ndcaster Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 14, 2013
    Indiana
    Oh Pretty Woman
     
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  4. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Harlem Nocturne. Gatton did it, but my favorite version is by The Viscounts.



    - D
     
  5. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    Wisco
    Thanks guys, I should also point out that I'm looking primarily for well-loved pop-rock tunes that are already in everyone's collective consciousness, where like 80% of any given crowd would be like "Oh, yeah, THAT one! Cool!" in recognition. Especially ones with a good groove

    Having typed that, "Secret Agent Man" comes to mind
     
  6. Chunkocaster

    Chunkocaster Friend of Leo's

    Aug 10, 2018
    In space with Ziggy
    Wooly Bully.

     
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  7. randomhitz

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    from 1961 "Ticonderoga" Ventures style instrumental tune that I loved as a kid. Not what you are looking for but your post brought it back to me
     
  8. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    Wisco
    As stated, we've already got Wipeout.

    Oh yeah, we're also doing "Miserlou" among the trad surf stuff. What fun that is to play!
     
  9. Kreepy

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    I like your ideas. I've always wanted to do Hank Marvin's instrumental of riders in the sky somewhere other than my bedroom... He also does while my guitar gently weeps and it's just too cool.
     
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  10. chezdeluxe

    chezdeluxe Poster Extraordinaire

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    Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves would make a good instrumental I think.

     
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  11. Old Tele man

    Old Tele man Friend of Leo's

    May 10, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    In real estate, it's LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION.
    In lawyers, it's DENY, DENY, DENY.
    In surf music, it's REVERB, REVERB, REVERB.
     
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  12. raito

    raito Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 22, 2010
    Madison, WI
    Love Theme From The Godfather. But straighter and tougher than the Satan's Pilgrm's version:


    Saturday Night At The Duck Pond is a surf/instro version of the main theme from Swan Lake:


    These:



    And if you're picking can handle it:
     
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  13. chezdeluxe

    chezdeluxe Poster Extraordinaire

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  14. ndcaster

    ndcaster Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 14, 2013
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    The Good the Bad and the Ugly

    lots of Chris Isaak tunes

    Smells Like Teen Spirit
     
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  15. Jim622

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  16. King Creole

    King Creole Friend of Leo's

    Jan 24, 2011
    Colorado
    I've done Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" as a surf tune, and it worked pretty well. The themes from the Flintstones, Gilligan's Island, Seinfeld, etc., weave their way into my improvised solos pretty often. You could try a driving version of "I'm a Little Teapot."
     
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  17. chezdeluxe

    chezdeluxe Poster Extraordinaire

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