The Original Surfaris

Not to be confused with the famous Surfaris, the ones who did "Wipe Out," this entirely separate surf group from Orange County, CA, was forced to change their name when the other Surfaris got a big hit. A respectable band in their own right, they managed to record a few very obscure singles and compilation LP tracks, as well as an unreleased album. Their best tracks, "Bombora," "Surfari," and "Latin'ia," boast the spooky reverb guitar lines and Latin-influenced minor melodies that were hallmarks of much of the best instrumental surf music, although the bulk of their recordings were run-of-the-mill. ~ Richie Unterberger

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