Sand in your shoes

The Friar turned up an interesting surf version of “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” and if perhaps it might have benefited from more cowbell, it was still more than satisfactorily gnarly. Having asserted once or twice that almost any song can be rendered surfily, I bring you a cover of “I’m Not in Love” by UK surf act Don’s Mobile Barbers:

There exists a compilation album called Beyond the Sea: The Surf Instrumental Bands of the World Fearlessly Extend Their Repertoire, which includes that 10cc tune plus several less likely melodies, including this take on Serge Gainsbourg’s “Je t’aime Moi Non Plus” by the redoubtable Kahuna Kawentzman:

Other volumes in this series followed, I am told.


  1. Wombat-Socho »

    1 May 2018 · 6:46 pm

    That surf cover of “Don’t Fear The Reaper” is pretty funny, given these lines from BOC’s “The Marshall Plan”:

    “I tell ya, I ain’t playin’ no surf music
    I’m gonna play some heavy music
    I’m gonna play bad, I’m gonna play loud
    I know just what I want it to sound like…”

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    1 May 2018 · 7:41 pm

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  4. McGehee »

    2 May 2018 · 3:34 pm

    The flipside is the Brian Setzer Orchestra’s (almost-)all-horns rendition of “Pipeline.”

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