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My Beach

Surf Punks

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When Surf Punks hit the California underground scene in the late '70s, surf and skate culture had developed a strong undercurrent of radical purists trying to preserve its integrity. Sounding off on dummies from the valley who infiltrated sacred surf spots became somewhat of a twisted art form for founders Dennis Dragon and Drew Steele, who re-released this slightly altered album originally pressed on their own Day-Glo label. A demented warping of surf legends Jan & Dean mixed with the Ramones, My Beach is drenched with immature, beer-belched vocals combining electro-drumming, cheesy keyboards, and laser sound effects. Novelties like "Bird Bathroom," "Beer Can Beach," "Teenage Girls," and "Punch out at Malibu" exude adolescent absurdity without boundaries. All in good fun, cult-status anthems "Somebody Ripped My Stick," "My Beach," and "My Wave" are irreverent classics spewing venom at anyone outside a two-mile limit from the Pacific. As an added bonus, the liner notes include the inane lyrics and a helpful glossary outlining terminology adopted by the locals. Unfortunately this hilarious opus was the only worthwhile outing; subsequent albums were simply rehashed rants that never saw Surf Punks mature as musicians.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

As the name would indicate, the Surf Punks combined two emerging sounds of the late '70s — punk rock and surf revival. The band, fronted by Dennis Dragon, personified the surf's-up, lighthearted West Coast attitude — they were even featured in a PBS documentary demonstrating "California Beach English." The Surf Punks' irreverence, immaturity, and skepticism of outsiders came shining through in songs like "My Beach," "No Fat Chicks," "Teenage Girls," and "Locals Only." The band's self-titled...
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