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ULTRA RARE Limited Pressing 45 1962 SURFARIS
Wipeout / Surfer Joe DFS RECORDS

DFS - 11 / DFS - 12
Trail off for Surfer Joe reads: DFS - 11 "SURFER JOE" (triangle mark) - 46155
Trail off for Wipe-Out reads: DFS - 12  "WIPE OUT" (triangle mark) - 46155 - X

This is one, of between 100 and 2000 original copies pressed (most likely 100 copies) depending on
 the source.  According to Bob Berryhill, original guitarist:

Remember, we were fifteen years old. Three fifteen year olds and a seventeen year old. When Ron Wilson came to me and said he had a dream about a song called "Surfer Joe", that was the first time I ever heard about anybody writing a song that actually came to me and said I've written song. I'm fifteen years old. I can play guitar. I know how to read music. I can arrange. So, he starts singing it and we sat around and strummed a few chords and came up with a basic framework for his song. I helped him write a few more lyrics so he can get five more verses and make a song out of it. When we got all done, Dale Smallin says "OK guys, let's go record it." We said "What? How are we gonna do that?" "Well, I know this guy in Cucamonga." So, this guy named Paul Buff had a recording studio in Cucamonga, California. My mother ends up writing a check for $100 to give to Dale for the recording studio time plus one hundred 45s. One night in December, 1962 we drove to Cucamonga, my dad and my uncle Don drove his station wagon. I had my learner's permit, so I drove my '56 Ford pickup, which I was re-building from scratch. We loaded up our equipment and took it out there. We set up in this little studio and we record "Surfer Joe". When we finished "Surfer Joe", Dale Smallin gets on the talk back button in the little room and says "Boys, you need a second side for this 45. So, write a song now! (laughs) We'd only written one song for the studio. I mean, how many groups today would show up in a recording studio with one song? Can you think of that? (laughs) That's the concept. Here you are: four ignorant little boys who know nothing about the recording industry, nothing about recording other than a Wollensak tape recorder in your house and hadn't ever done that as a band. We'd never recorded anything. What happened was, Ron Wilson happened to be an excellent drummer. He was pretty much our musical inspiration person because he was what you would call the talent in the band. He was older and had the artistic capability to say "Alright. Let's do it." So, Ronnie just starts playing a drum solo, which turned out to be the "Wipe Out" drum solo. Well, Jim Fuller, myself and Pat Connolly go "We better put some chords and notes to this thing. Ronnie will make it a drum solo record if we don't play something. (laughs) So, I started putting the chord structure to it, kind of like a bongo rock thing. Hey, a drum solo with a guitar was not original. Gene Krupa had been doing it for years. So, I just started playing some chords and doing drum breaks with chording and Ronnie doing the solo and Jim Fuller and Pat were fooling around with some notes. We said "hey, that sounds good! Let's do that!" We put "Wipeout" together in about ten minutes. We had a song. We recorded it about three times and I think they took the second or third recording of it. Then, after we finished recording "Wipeout", we had to come up with a name. The story goes Fuller wanted to call it "Switch Blade". Well, that didn't have any interest. Well, what about "Wipeout"? Kind of like Goofy yelling a laugh and busting a surf board over the microphone. My dad went out in the alley and picked up an old cement soaked piece of plywood, came back in and we broke it over a microphone to sound like a busting surf board. Then Dick Smallin, who is our manager, happened to do voice over laughs and voices for documentary films, gave the laugh of Goofy going down the ski jump...the Walt Disney thing. He let out that laugh and it sounded great. They spliced it on the front of the tape, sent it out to record producers and they stamped it. About two weeks later we had "Wipeout" on DFS Records. (laughs) So, that's how it was. It was strictly spontaneous.

This release has the original 'Surfer Joe' (with the 2nd and 5th verses omitted by Dot) and 'Wipe-Out' — the Dot versions had reverb and other enhancements applied. The lead vocals are by the late Ron Wilson.

Condition:  The labels look clean and clear, no fading, no writing!  Unfortunately this example does have a 1/2" very thin crack at the outside edge (see photo).  Other than the crack the "Surfer Joe" side is in excellent condition and plays great!  The "Wipe-Out" side has a bit of a haze to the vinyl.  I would grade it very good.  This plays very nicely with only a minor "tick" (well under the music) where the crack is.  Still very playable!

This is the single most identifiable surf instrumental on the planet, and also the most desired surf 45 ever!!!






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