Monday, February 23, 2009

The Revels !

Howdy-Ho Y'all !
Something perfect for this winter, while dreaming of waves !
The Revels weren’t an actual group, but one of the several surf-hot rod acts of the 1960s that were actually comprised of California session players and songwriters. They released one album, a novelty-concept LP of sorts jammed with songs about the then-hot slot car craze. Masterminded by Gary Usher (who produced the record and wrote most of the songs with Roger Christian). Their recording range from downright cool and fun to modestly interesting. Their impact on the music scene far outweighed their own success, and the legend lives on !
They were formed out of a San Luis Obispo, California high school band in 1957, naming themselves Gil Serna & The Rockets, and being renamed The Revels in early 1959 by leader Norman Knowles. The name reflected the group’s penchant for partying and beer drinking !
The band become known for, in tandem with their own legendary drinking. Some tunes were an allusion to guitarist Dan Arnold’s ability to guzzle a can of beer in four seconds, and with its beer can fizzing sound effects it set a precedent for Revels singles…
They were pioneers of sorts, and definitely figure in the early history of developing surf - and beer drinking bands !

The Revels :
* Intoxica *
* Church Key (alt. take) *
* Comanche *


Anonymous sue said...

Goddam! Perfect!

2:26 PM  
Blogger Scurvy said...

Huzzah! Life isn't crap!

10:03 PM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

Isn't it !

11:18 AM  
Anonymous buzz said...

Good to see you getting back up to speed, Rev. You've been sorely missed.

Always liked The Revels, tho I knew nuthin' of this history. Thanx.

(Santo! SANTO! SANTO!!!)

8:02 PM  
Anonymous bet said...

great tracks (for a great come back!)

8:37 PM  
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10:05 AM  
Blogger Darren said...

moar surf musiks plz!!

1:28 PM  
Anonymous swissadam said...

Hi, I'm becoming a regular reader, with a newfound interest in 50s rockabilly. I've got a couple of requests- do you have/could you kindly post Dwight Pullen Sunglasses After Dark and Gin Gillette Train To Satanville? I'd be very grateful. Thanks Reverend.

7:58 PM  
Anonymous Daisy Montana said...

Glad you're back ! And with great music ! I love surf and rockabilly, along with other strange things.

5:27 PM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

Thanx Miss !
SwissAdamn, no problem !
I'll do another bloody archives contest one of these days.
Cheers !

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuuuuurccchhh keeeeyyyy...

8:54 PM  
Anonymous djzumbo said...

Could eithr Gary Usher or Roger Christian translate the lyrics of the last section of Midnight Stroll? --- must have guzzled several of those four second beers when writing this section... Right after the laughter part...

8:12 PM  

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