When you think of surf guitar, chances are you think of Dick Dale. The man has been a touring machine for decades, from appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show in the 1960s to regular stints at Philly’s own North Star Bar (where he performs on Monday). When his rendition of the song “Misirlou” heralded the opening credits of one of the most celebrated movies of the 90s (we’re talking about Pulp Fiction, of course), Dale was introduced to a whole new generation of listeners. But not everyone was necessarily aware how much there was to the man, beyond those kinetic two-and-a-half minutes. Not pointing fingers here – I was right there with them, knowing that Dale and his Del-Tones rocked a mean rhythm on that particular cut, being aware of their regular runs through town, but also in dire need of further exploration into his catalogue. I consulted with XPN host Eric Schuman; you know him from the Saturday Afternoon All-Request Show, and he’s something of an in-house authority on Dick Dale. Eric helped me compile five surf nuggets that aren’t “Misirlou,” which I present to you in YouTube form below; these videos range from early 1960s Black and White television (timecode and all), to party sequences from the Frankie & Annette movie Beach Party, to slammin’ live recordings done at KEXP in Seattle. Hang ten!
Dick Dale and Blue Wave Theory perform at the North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., Mon. July 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
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