Great song, disappointing that there hasn't been any old-school surf rock in the platform as-yet.
WTF is Dick Dale?
What about other Sixties bands still touring today with at least one or several original members left? Besides the obvious Moody Blues and other bigger names, what about support acts like The Buckinghams ? Should I assume no one has contacted them yet? There are still 3 core members of the band - when I saw them live last year - they retain their original vintage sound live - it was great. They don't live too far from me, I imagine I could meet them in person. How about The Remains, out of Boston? Also, what about Badfinger? Peter Noone and his band? How about The Ides of March?
What's the rule? If it is ultimately owned up the chain by Universal it's a guaranteed no?
What about The Blues Brothers.
The Surfaris re-released "Wipe Out" on an independently released album a few years ago, so there's always the chance that an author could get the publishing rights to use the song in-game (assuming that the band has the masters and is accepting of the idea, which it doesn't sound like they are).
Alright well, what about the thousand other surf rock bands? I mean come on. It is a perfect style for beginner pro guitar players who want to play faster. Maybe there's another big surf rock hit out there from another band.
Creamskull Boogie by the Graveyard BBQ is such a tribute to this song that I'm surprised it was allowed in with the "no covers" policy. It even has the drum solo.
just recommended today, but perhaps look at "The Pale Rider" by The Riptides? They also have "Return to Blood Beach". Or "Soy Bomb" from Honest Bob. None are uber-famous or uber-difficult but they're all decent surf instrumentals.
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