7" single. Now on Translucent Gold Vinyl!
Famed for their killer instrumentals, whether they were shooting the curl or blasting down that asphalt aisle with surf's second-cousin, hot rod music, the Original Surfaris had few equals on the high-flying SoCal scene. ‘‘Gum-Dipped Slicks’’ and ‘‘High Time’’ were recorded in 1964 and released on the band’s own Surfari label. It would be their last record before breaking up on the eve of the British Invasion.
As was the trend for many surf bands at the time, the group pulled the A-side title from the current hot rod lexicon. ‘‘Gum-Dipped Slicks’’ was a racing term referring to a special manufacturing process that produced stronger tires with improved traction. ‘‘High Time,’’ no less a genre-defining surf instrumental, evolved from a jam the band had put together to introduce breaks between sets. An original 45 rpm of this killer two-sided Original Surfaris’ ‘‘swan song’’ is impossibly rare today, the two sides known by only a few collectors and historians. With this reissue, however, these two classic tracks—among the best surf instrumentals from the early 1960s—can now be enjoyed by all. Rev up!
1. Gum-Dipped Slicks
2. High Time