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Love him or loathe him, Quentin Tarantino has great taste. He gave classic surf music the kiss of life when he used Dick Dale’s 1962 single Misirlou (watch it here) to kick off his 1994 movie Pulp Fiction.
While Dale’s appearance on the soundtrack no doubt added some new ‘Dick Heads’ to his fan base, there were other great surf tracks in Pulp Fiction. There was Bullwinkle Part II by The Centurians and the brilliant Surf Rider by The Lively Ones used in the closing scene of the film. Click here to turn back the clock.
Interviewed about his choice of music for Quentin Tarantino: The Cinema of Cool, Tarantino said, "To me (surf) just sounds like rock 'n' roll, even Morricone music. It sounds like rock 'n' roll spaghetti Western music…" Morricone or Mosrite, all we know is we like what we hear!
There are so many podcasts and online radio shows dedicated to surf that you might not have to drop any money on some CDs for a while. If you are ready to splash out on some classic surf bag a few ‘best of’ collections like Walk, Don’t Run, The Best of The Ventures and Dick Dale & His Deltones: Greatest Hits 1961-1976. They’ll get you on your way.