The Surfaris’ Wipeout; When Instrumentals Were Fun!

The Surfaris’ Wipeout: Originally A Jam Put Together At The Session To Fill The “B” Side Of Surfer Joe.

Maybe the most fun you can have with three chords and a pentatonic scale! The Surfaris’ Wipeout (composed by Berryhill, Connolly, Fuller, Wilson) had something for everyone. Not only a guitarist’s good time, the tune started an era of up front drum solos and helped bring on the surf sound.

It’s 1963 again, let’s head for the beach and when the surfers fall or “take gas”, we are going to yell Wipeout

Personnel as determined:  Bob Berryhill rhythm guitar; Pat Connolly bass guitar; Jim Fuller lead guitar; Ron Wilson drums.

We were, of course, THE garageband generation.* We started the whole three chord, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, lead guitar and drum thing. Looking back to the music of those times, things seemed to be less complicated but, our desire to get proficient was insatiable. Those of us who couldn’t keep up with the skill needed for the evolving music, simply dropped off the radar. Me? Well, I just couldn’t get enough! Things haven’t changed!

*When a doctor checks out my ears with his scope, this is a HUGE part of what he sees.


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