The South Bay Surfers

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Throughout the years, almost every rock band worth its salt has vied for the top of the charts and for poll-winning honors for their vocal and instrumental chops. But scant few have made it to record…
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Throughout the years, almost every rock band worth its salt has vied for the top of the charts and for poll-winning honors for their vocal and instrumental chops. But scant few have made it to record so woefully deficient in the talent department that they could possibly be the world's worst rock & roll band. The South Bay Surfers, an oldies band from Fullerton, California, however, could certainly lay claim to the prize. Sounding for all the world like the wedding band from hell, the Surfers pummel beloved oldies but goodies into an unrecognizable mess, complete with lame endings, lost chords, bleating sax fills that wander aimlessly with no clear musical resolution, and vocals that constantly go off mike while wavering in pitch like Katharine Hepburn caught in a helicopter blade. While possessing none of the bludgeoning intensity of King Uszniewicz & the Uszniewicztones (their nearest runners-up in this category), the South Bay Surfers are nonetheless 100-percent for real and are an ear-boggling experience for anyone used to hearing these songs played "correctly."