The Trashmen ‎– Surfin' Bird

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Garrett Records ‎– GA-4002
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Vinyl, 7", Single, 45 RPM
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A Surfin' Bird
Written-By – Wahrer*
2:20
B King Of The Surf
Written-By – LaPole*
2:25

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Notes

This is the 1st pressing.

First press has Distributed by Soma Record Co. in bottom ring

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  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Label): GA-4002'
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Label): GA-4002''
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching): KB-3962-A:
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching): KB-3962-B:
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (5 of 52) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
4002 The Trashmen Surfin' Bird(7", Single) Garrett Records 4002 US 1963 Sell This Version
SCRF 718 The Trashmen Surfin' Bird(7") Columbia SCRF 718 Belgium Unknown Sell This Version
SR-1211 The Trashmen Surfin' Bird(7", Single) Stateside SR-1211 Japan 1963 Sell This Version
5043 The Trashmen Surfin' Bird(7", Single) ERA Records 5043 US Unknown Sell This Version
7I-3050 The Trashmen Surfin' Bird / King Of The Surf(7", Single, Mono, RE) Odeon 7I-3050 Brazil 1967 Sell This Version

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streetmouse

streetmouse

February 9, 2016

The summer of 1966 was really hot, but I was too young to care, or perhaps the outside temperature matched that of my internal hormonal temperature. Every Saturday night there was a dance at the Old Mill, a hang over from the 1950’s, but it gave us a chance to stay in touch with each other during the summer, connected us to to the mysteries and horrors of stepping into a new grade once we returned to school in September by the upper class-men, and more importantly a chance to express these hormonal changes that were coursing though my body. Me [?], I was a bit too tall, straight dirty blonde hair from lazy summer afternoons at the swimming pool, really tight white Levi jeans, a V necked sweater, sleeves pushed up just so, and the all important brown suede Beatle boots.

So there we stood, like two opposing forces, the boys on once side of the dance floor, the girls on the other, we pretended not to look across “no man’s land,” but we did. The music blared from a single big public address system, and I knew that finding the 45’s I’d brought was going to be a challenge at the end of the night, but right then, all I wanted to do was feel the tension in my stomach, and dance with one of those guys on the other side of the room.

Now there was no way any of those boys were going to venture over and try their hand while the Everly Brothers laid out some romantic slow ballad, but when the record “Surfin' Bird” slid down the changer, it seemed to fire the guys up, the power and strength of the music gave them courage ... and before I knew it, I was strutting my stuff, shaking my hips a la Shindig, rolling through dance steps like The Pony, The Hully Gully, The Mashed Potato, and The Swim. Accidentally, or perhaps accidentally on purpose, our hands would touch, or better yet our hips, and I was in heaven. That is until that insane laughter, which seemed to go on forever in the middle of the song, where the music completely stopped, and we were forced to stand there, not moving, face to face, unable to voice words, wanting to run back to the safety of our side of the room, and desiring for all the world that the music fade back in ... and I could again be lost in the self ecstasy of the dance.

This is what music is all about, the freedom, no judgements, no pretenses, just and infectious hypnotic driving beat. The vocals were laughable, but sincere, like Maynard G. Krebs from Dobie Gillis on acid ... but hey ... the song will never be as good as the memories it sparks, and I’d give a million dollars to feel those stomach flip flops once again, but for now, I have the song ... and for now that’s good enough.

A-well-a, everybody's heard about the bird
Bird, bird, bird, b-bird's the word
A-well-a, bird, bird, bird, the bird is the word
A-well-a, bird, bird, bird, well, the bird is the word
A-well-a, bird, bird, bird, b-bird's the word
A-well-a, bird, bird, bird, well, the bird is the word
A-well-a, bird, bird, b-bird's the word
A-well-a, bird, bird, bird, b-bird's the word
A-well-a, bird, bird, bird, well, the bird is the word
A-well-a, bird, bird, b-bird's the word
A-well-a, don't you know about the bird
Well, everybody knows that the bird is the word
A-well-a, bird, bird, b-bird's the word
A-well-a

A-well-a, everybody's heard about the bird
Bird, bird, bird, b-bird's the word
A-well-a, bird, bird, bird, b-bird's the word
A-well-a, bird, bird, bird, b-bird's the word
A-well-a, bird, bird, b-bird's the word
A-well-a, bird, bird, bird, b-bird's the word
A-well-a, bird, bird, bird, b-bird's the word
A-well-a, bird, bird, bird, b-bird's the word
A-well-a, bird, bird, bird, b-bird's the word
A-well-a, don't you know about the bird
Well, everybody's talking about the bird
A-well-a, bird, bird, b-bird's the word
A-well-a, bird

Surfin' bird
Bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb, aaah

Pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa
Pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow

Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Oom-oom-oom-oom-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-oom-oom-oom
Oom-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-a-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow, ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow, ooma-mow-mow
Papa-oom-oom-oom-oom-ooma-mow-mow
Oom-oom-oom-oom-ooma-mow-mow
Ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow, ooma-mow-mow
Well, don't you know about the bird
Well, everybody knows that the bird is the word
A-well-a, bird, bird, b-bird's the word

Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow...

I give this one 5 Stars just for the memories alone!!

Review by Jenell Kesler
DJDANNYV

DJDANNYV

August 3, 2012
Long time fan of this track.
detroit-fiend

detroit-fiend

March 8, 2007
edited over 12 years ago
This first came to my attention via The Cramps and was also covered by The Ramones.Great 60's garage sound,simple,gritty and basic ... but killer ! Nice use of reverb and compression and a vocal that is unforgettable. Immortalised in the film Apocalypse Now in the 'Charlie don't surf' scene and sampled on the Music Man release -Cosmotrash.