Thursday, January 19, 2006

The Astronauts !

While most surf groups were based in California, the genre was not strictly isolated to this region. The Astronauts (from Colorado) and the infamous Trashmen (from Minneapolis) were the most successful of the not inconsiderable number of landlocked bands who played surf music, or at least made a few stabs at it.
The Astronauts began life as the Stormtroopers in Boulder, Colorado in 1959 and became the Astronauts in '62.
In April 1963, they went into RCA Hollywood where many famous folks had cut hit sides. They recorded their first album, Surfin' With The Astronauts.
The whole thing took 9 hours, spread over three days.

The Astronauts - The Hearse
The Astronauts - Movin'
The Astronauts - Baja

And big rockin' thanks to all the people who came to the show last night !


Blogger sure said...

hi man! nice blog and nice links, if you are in old music don't forget about and with their great(!) soul funk mixes from 70's (monthly updated)

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most excellent!!Thanks

5:04 PM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

Surf on :) !!!

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Thanks - you'd be amazed how many people in Colorado still have Astronauts albums tucked away, or went to shows in Boulder or Denver.

I really like these cuts, but I think the album "Go...Go...Go!!!" is my favorite. Less surfy, more pop.

6:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Astronauts played my senior prom in Cheyenne in '65. Hadn't thought of them for a long time, although I still have their albums in my vinyl collection. They just got a mention on "World Cafe," which started a whole nostalgia trip for me. Surfin' in the Rockies...who'd have thunk it ?

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