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The Halibuts | Halibut Beach / Gnarly

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Rock: Surf Rock Rock: 60's Rock Moods: Type: Instrumental
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Halibut Beach / Gnarly

by The Halibuts

Mostly instrumental surf music with some ska influences.
Genre: Rock: Surf Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mr. Mysterioso
2:33 album only
2. Halibut Stomp
1:49 album only
3. Jetstream
2:16 album only
4. Little Old Ladies Seldom Cutback
2:02 album only
5. Deathwave
2:40 album only
6. Exodus 5-O
1:56 album only
7. Malibu Run
2:46 album only
8. Monster Surfing Time
2:11 album only
9. Hanky Panky
2:23 album only
10. Church Key
1:55 album only
11. Surf Rider
1:58 album only
12. Shorepound
2:52 album only
13. Skinny Dip
1:53 album only
14. 40 Miles Of Bad Surf
2:11 album only
15. The Twomp
1:53 album only
16. Centipede
1:52 album only
17. Man From H.A.L.I.B.U.T.
3:46 album only
18. Mambo Halibut
2:22 album only
19. Batman
1:57 album only
20. Got A Match
1:57 album only
21. 26 Miles
1:44 album only
22. Rumble
3:06 album only
23. Gnarly!
2:42 album only


Album Notes
Starting in the early 80's, South Bay los Angeles' own Halibuts played instro surf music when it wasn't even hip. All but one of the members in the band surfed, unusual at the time as well. This cd contains their first two albums which includes some instro ska/surf tunes as well as tradition instro surf tunes. There is even a few vocals thrown in for fun. These albums are raw and energetic like their live shows and are great fun! One of their members is now in the band Los Straightjackets.



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James H.

The Great Lost Soundtrack to LONGBOARDER...found at last!!!
A great set of surf-rock with some skankin' numbers for good measure - not a weak song in the bunch which is hard to do with an album this long, particularly with mostly instrumentals (few vocals here and there, love "Hanky Panky"!).

A rich, fluid sax and the odd keyboard add some dimension to the twang-tastic sounds, and they really do all stand up. Catchy hooks, interesting melodies, tight arrangements that loosen up in the right places, and a sense of humor to boot (dig the titles and the Igor-ish vocals on "Monster Surfing Time"!). What's not to like?

My dad and I loved the surf movie LONGBOARDER (directed by Hal Jepsen, came out in the early 80s I believe) but were never able to find the soundtrack to it. For us, the music was just as important as the surfing. But now thanks to your site and the band, I'm finally able to enjoy it in the car on the way to the beach or anywhere we go. It really means a lot to us to hear these songs again, and the sound is cleaner than from the movie (then again, maybe we just didn't clean the heads on the VCR enough!).

Thanks again guys and keep the tunes comin'!

Michael Donovan

Brings me back to Hermosa Beach in 1990-1991. Many nights spent listening to you guys throughout South Bay. I am glad to hear you again. Great CD. Suffering through a nasty New England winter, the CD made me take one one long look at my board and wish for summer.

Bo Bennett

These records from LA's South Bay beach scene kickstarted the mid-80's surf musi
I first heard these songs played live at Toes Tavern in Playa del Rey, the musical punctuation to Hal Jepsen's rough cut of Longboarder. It's hard to get too nostalgic about a revival, but the package stands up as both a tribute to the raw playfulness of early 60's instrumental rock and a lasting benchmark of the second-coming of the genre pre-Pulp Fiction. Both albums are rinsed in ska rhythms and horns- unique to this day- and contain stoke-inspiring originals like Centipede and Shorepound. These albums have been the soundtrack to my mid-summer surf check at the Hermosa Pier for the past 20 years.