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The Lost Surf Tapes

by the Fabulous Stingrays

Fabulously melodic instrumental surf guitar with shore-pounding drums and rip-steady bass. No, we really mean it this time.
Genre: Rock: Surf Rock
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1. A Date With Gravity
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2. Wait! Don't Walk
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3. Tacos & Tequila
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4. Bend! Don't Break
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5. Kevin and Karrie Do
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6. Padded Room
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7. Yao Surfer
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8. Long Time No Sea
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Album Notes
The Mysterious History of the Fabulous Stingrays…

It was the summer of 1961. JFK, the boy president, held court in the new Camelot while across the country on southern California’s sunny shores, bikini-clad beach bunnies and bronzed Adonises, glistening with cocoa butter, were catching the wave of the nascent surf culture. A little ways down the coast in Laguna Beach, a new sound was emerging-an edgy, pulsating, tremolo-laced concoction to match the primal urgency of the rituals being performed under blankets and in the back seats of woodies everywhere. Cresting this “new wave” were the Fabulous Stingrays, three high school freshmen from a dune side trailer park just off the Pacific Coast Highway. Nobody even knew their real names. They just went by the monikers, D-man, Little Stevie Traps and Jungle Jimbo. Their breakthrough gig was to be at Big Daddy Stickleback’s Surf Shack. It was toe-jammed to the rafters, moondoggies in Huarachis and bushy-bushy blonde hairdos abounded. The vibe was electric. Every record exec worth his salt was there, vying to ink a deal with the three prodigies. But the boys never made it to the club that dark, moonless night. Some say they lost it on “Dead Man’s Curve”, though no twisted wreckage was ever found…

Where did the Fabulous Stingrays go? How did they surface all these high tides later? Where can you get the lost Stingray vibe?

Read on...

As described in the full-length liner notes of “The Lost Surf Tapes”, we don’t really know. We do know, however, that Calgarian Doug Waite, rhythm guitarist for local favorites The Ramblin’ Ambassadors, and vetran bass player Jim Neve got excited phone calls from their drummer pal Steve Shawcross - author of #2 bestselling novel, Runaway Summer. Steve had been in California renovating a small, beach-side bungalow in the early months of 2006 when he came across a dusty box of ½ inch tape which held a lost gem – the final rehearsal session for the legendary Fabulous Stingrays!!

Doug, Jim and Steve, surf music lovers, felt they had to share their find with the world, and so transferred the lost sounds into digital format, and in the process, learned to play the songs themselves...

Now you too can dig these early surf sounds, on The Lost Surf Tapes by the Fabulous Stingrays...


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John D

Great summer driving music
Always in the vehicle player. Play it driving down the highway with the windows down and the air conditioner on high. My son bought a copy for his car as well.

Ra The Sun Godess

Perfect music to worship the sun by
This CD hits the target. A real beach blanket BINGO! A buried treasure that makes it worth digging up twelve or so bucks.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Damn the torpedoes and bring on the Stringrays
Whenever I have a hard decision to make, you know, passing a new law or shuffling the cabinet, I play a couple of cuts from "the Lost Surf Tapes" and before you know it we're legalizing same-sex marriage and decriminalizing pot. So just ease on down, crank it up and pass me that doobie, eh?

Nikki Two Two

Beach blanket bitchin'
This took me back to Huntington Beach in the early 60's and the surf scene that was happening up and down the coast. It's a very authentic sound and infectious as hell. Best listened to with the top down and the volume up.

Linda Finlay

This sounds fabulously live and thumpin'
Stumbled upon this by pure accident. It grabbed me immediately and didn't release me until the last tremelo-laced chord had receded into the sound of the surf. It's so fresh and alive, like you're right there with the band. And I love the story, a real mystery. Where did these cats get to? Who knows, but at least they left this legacy. I gotta hear it again right now.

Dr. Feelgood

A hangin', bangin', twangin', thang.
This is the real deal, played with more feel and squeal that any ten erzatz hollywood wannabe bands on the scene today.Punk bands dream of this much kick-ass energy. The songs literally burst out of the speakers, and from the Canadian prairies yet. Surfing sloughs no doubt. Who'd a thunk it?

The Bow River Bridge Surfing Club

Exuberating riffs meet a got to dance beat
The club has enthusiastically embraced this gem from the past, adopting it as our new anthem. It simply and succinctly captures the zeitgeist of the era.

Justin Trudeau

When I'm not giving away hard earned tax dollars, I love "voguing" to the Fabulous Stingrays.