The biographical opinion that the British guitarist of this name is a minor figure in his respective genre might conceivably start a row in a British pub, provided that pub is packed with British free improvisers -- not an unlikely scenario at all. Likewise, a gathering of surf music buffs may in the process of elbow-bending debate the importance of drummer John Russell in their own salt-encrusted world.
Russell pounded his tom-toms in the Packards, a combo led by guitarist Paul Johnson that might be dismissed outright by some purists simply because it did not arrive in the first wave, not to forget the importance of waves in this scheme of things. This is despite the obvious credentials of Johnson, composer of "Mr. Moto" and member of bands such as the Bel-Airs and the Challengers.
The drummer fit well with his Packards rhythm section partner Chris Darrow, having also recorded tracks for a 1979 album by Darrow. Pray for Surf, an album whose title is just so surf revival, was released by the Packards about a year later and indeed is one of the earliest entries in a new round of surf music projects.