On this day in music history: March 25, 1963 - “Surfin’ USA”, the second album by The Beach Boys is released. Produced by Nick Venet, it is recorded at the Capitol Tower and Western Recorders in Hollywood, CA from June 13, 1962, January 5 - February 12, 1963. Issued as the follow up to their debut “Surfin’ Surfari”, it demonstrates Brian Wilson becoming a considerable force creatively as he writes or co-writes eight of the albums twelve songs. He is also responsible for most of the actual production on the album, though the credit is given to the band’s A&R man Nick Venet. It spin off two singles including “Shut Down” (#23 Pop) and the title track (#3 Pop). The title track is the subject of a lawsuit between Brian Wilson’s publisher Sea Of Tunes and Arc Music, the publisher of Chuck Berry’s song “Sweet Little Sixteen”. The suit claims that The Beach Boys song plagiarizes Berry’s song almost note for note. The matter is settled with Berry receiving a writing credit and royalties for the song. “Surfin’ USA” peaks at number two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by RIAA.

Forbidden Shores
The Huntington Cads
Forbidden Shores

Artist: The Huntington Cads
Track: Forbidden Shores
Album: Go Exotic!
Label: Mai Tai Records
Year: 1996

There’s basically two good kinds of surf instrumental…

The one where you can imagine shooting the curl on the Banzai Pipeline.

And the one where you imagine that you are a spy who has just walked into a bar full of beautiful women and assassins.

This is the second kind.


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