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 *