Tijuana Panthers
The Gift
Tribal Thunder
Mermen

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Surf revival was a small indie-label phenomenon featuring chiefly instrumental bands who were dedicated to recreating the twangy, echo-drenched sound of '60s surf guitar. Some bands used the sound to create a mysterious atmosphere, but more often than not, surf revival didn't quite play it straight, adding campy humor and kitschy references to '50s and early-'60s pop culture (for example, the scores of sci-fi, horror, and Western films). Many surf revival bands had better chops on their instruments than their predecessors, and could thus play their music at breakneck punk-rock speeds if they chose (usually with a knowing wink). Surf revival first appeared at the tail end of the '80s and continued on through the '90s; its biggest artists included Man or Astro-Man?, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, Laika & the Cosmonauts, and the Mermen.

Surf Revival Artists Highlights

Tijuana Panthers
Tijuana Panthers
Mermen
Mermen
Space Cossacks
Space Cossacks
Man or Astro-man?
Man or Astro-man?
Bobby Previte
Bobby Previte
Los Straitjackets
Los Straitjackets

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Surf Revival Album Highlights

The Gift
John Zorn
The Gift
Tribal Thunder
Dick Dale
Tribal Thunder
King of the Surf Guitar
Dick Dale / Dick Dale & ...
King of the Surf Guitar
Better Shred Than Dead: The Dick Dale Anthology
Dick Dale
Better Shred Than Dead: ...
Greatest Hits 1961-1976
Dick Dale & His Del-Tones ...
Greatest Hits 1961-1976
Unknown Territory
Dick Dale
Unknown Territory

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Surf Revival Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
The Quiet Surf John Zorn
King of the Surf Guitar Dick Dale & His Del-Tones
Misirlou Dick Dale
Let's Go Trippin' Dick Dale & His Del-Tones
Let's Go Trippin' Dick Dale
Miserlou Dick Dale
Mr. Eliminator Dick Dale & His Del-Tones
Everything Turns Grey
Agent Orange
Surf Medley: Misirlou/Walk Don't Run/The Victor/Telstar Bobby Previte
Invasion of the Dragonmen Man or Astro-man?

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