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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. Rick330man

    Rick330man Tele-Holic

    Jan 9, 2011
    Florida Keys
    "Jack the Ripper" by Link Wray and the Raymen. Other Link Wray tunes like "Rawhide" or "Ramble" might also fit your bill.

    The Shadows had some cool instrumentals with "F.B.I." and "Apache" along with a few others.

    Hope these help. Good luck.
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  2. Vespa_One

    Vespa_One Tele-Holic

    Feb 14, 2017
    Tiny dancer
    We are the champions
    Enter sandman
    Under pressure
    Don’t you forget about me
    Bohemian rhapsody
    Jimi hendrix
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  3. Bergy

    Bergy TDPRI Member

    Dec 12, 2018
    Sleepwalk - Santo and Johnny
    San Ho Zay - Freddie King
    Ghost Riders in the Sky
    The Ventures had an interesting version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” I seem to recall.
    Peter Gunn
    Something from RaTM
    Other well-know movie/tv themes: Star Wars, Jurassic Park, King of the Hill, South Park, etc....
    And So I Know - STP
    Riviera Paradise - SRV
    Scuttle Buttin’ - SRV
    Money - Pink Floyd (or some other atmospheric stuff by them)
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  4. DonM

    DonM Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Apr 21, 2016
    California Sun- just leave the vocals out. Also, my favorite Steve Miller song; has some great surf licks in it.

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  5. Macrogats

    Macrogats Tele-Afflicted

    May 15, 2017
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Wow! When you look at it, there's a shed load of stuff you could pull off instrumentally. I wouldn't say it's "surf" music, but what the hell. If it's recognisable and sounds good - go for it!!

    You guys got me thinking now! :D
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  6. ponce

    ponce Tele-Holic

    Dec 21, 2011
    James Bond theme.

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  7. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 15, 2017
    Harvest, Alabama
    Elvis Costello's Radio Radio.

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  8. RoyalBaby

    RoyalBaby Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 23, 2013
    Birmingham, UK

    Really liking this although I don't know how recognizable it would be to audiences where you are.
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  9. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Tele-Holic

    Sep 26, 2015
    Maldon, England
    Shakin' all over by Johnny Kidd and the Pirates. The break is already pure Surf, so try an instrumental version to fill it out.
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  10. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    Gonna add Melt With You and Peace Love and Understanding as ideas.

    As was inevitable, I've received plenty of suggestions here that don't fit the criteria I've listed at all, but nestled amongst those have been some first-rate ideas. thanks guys
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2019
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  11. EllroyJames

    EllroyJames Friend of Leo's

    Feb 18, 2013
  12. Paul Jenkin

    Paul Jenkin Friend of Leo's

    Aug 17, 2017
    Essex, UK
    Not a genre with which I'm overly familiar but I came across an album called "Surf 'n Burn" by the Blue Stingrays when tracing the non-Heartbreakers work done by Mike Campbell.

    Some really nice songs on it. Worth checking out, IMO.
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  13. Mr_Q

    Mr_Q TDPRI Member

    Dec 21, 2018
    In the surf genre, I think Apache is a classic. Also Jeff Beck does an amazing version of the opera tune Nessun Dorman. This is actually a pretty recognizable tune.

    I once heard a bluegrass version of Dark Side of the Moon that was amazing, it'd be awesome as surf.

    See Me form Tommy
    Promised Land by Chuck Berry (also Elvis)
    Under the Boardwalk

    Jeez, I sound like an old man.


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  14. Steve Holt

    Steve Holt Tele-Holic

    May 29, 2016
    I really want to hear surf rebel yell! Get that going and post it here please!
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  15. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    I'm working it up!
    Not sure how "surfy" it's gonna be, but my thought has been to hit the first verse melody with guitar, and then have the trumpet do the second verse melody, and to come in together for the choruses.

    The keys guy says he's done the tune in cover bands and has patches all set up for it
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  16. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    Guys I appreciate the suggestions. Plenty of cool ideas. As I'd said, I was looking for recognizable cool stuff, that isn't traditional surf.

    Having said that, these are what I consider the best candidates out of things listed here:

    Ghost Riders
    James Bond/Godfather stuff
    Walkin on Sunshine
    While My Guitar Gently Weeps
    Secret Agent Man
    Riders on the Storm
    Melt With You

    Also I think a surf/regaee-(however you spell that :)) instrumental version of "No Woman No Cry" could be good
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  17. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 30, 2011
    The surfing up of non-surf songs idea gets old fast when seeing a "surf" band. It's gimmicky (as if plain-ol' surf music isn't gimmicky enough already). Just play surf, and play it well. Maybe a song or three that isn't "traditional surf," but don't go overboard IMO.

    These are staples that every surf band needs versions of:

    My personal favorite song to play in my old surf music band:

    Love this one:

    Possibly the best surf/instrumental song ever IMO:

    Most badass song Dick Dale released IMO:

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  18. Euphonica

    Euphonica TDPRI Member

    Nov 28, 2018
    New Orleans, LA
    (Not a song, and apologies if someone else posted this.)

    Go here and sign up! I’m Death Tide!
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  19. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    I disagree :cool:, as long as you've got the right songs.
    This is not the thread to post a bunch of traditional surf songs in :)
    I'm hoping to do only maybe half a dozen trad surf tunes, and we've pretty much already got those covered
    (I do love surf, my faves are Knuckel Drager and the Bomboras)
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