Saturday, bank holiday weekend, half term. Bliss. Except for that jubilee thing. I may return to that. In the meantime here are Chantays with their 1963 surf-rock instrumental Pipeline, which made early use of wide stereo and was recorded upside down- bass, piano and rhythm guitar at the front with lead guitar and drums at the back. It was originally called Liberty’s Whip but the band renamed it after watching a surfing film. It was their only hit.


The picture shows Edward James, poet and patron of surrealism, photographed by Man Ray. He doesn’t look like a surfer.

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