- Wipe Out (song)
Name =Wipe Out
Type =Single B-side to "
alt Artist =The Saints,
The Beach Boys, The Ventures, The Residents
Recorded =1962, Cucamonga's
Pal Recording Studio
Bob Berryhill, Pat Connolly, Jim Fullerand Ron Wilson
Audio sample? ="Wipe Out" is a song written by
Bob Berryhill, Pat Connolly, Jim Fullerand Ron Wilson. The song was first performed and recorded by The Surfaris, who were elevated to international status with the release of the "Surfer Joe" and "Wipe Out" single.
The term 'wipeout' is a fall from a surfboard, especially one that looks painful.
Recording and single release
Bob Berryhill, Pat Connolly, Jim Fuller and Ron Wilson wrote the song almost on the spot as a suitable B-side was needed for the intended "Surfer Joe" single. In late 1962, while the band was in Cucamonga's
Pal Recording Studiorecording the single, one of the band members suggested that a gimmick sound indicating a wipe out off a surfboard be emulated. The suggestion was made that during the introduction before the music starts, a cracking sound, imitating a breaking surfboard, should be made.
Also in the introduction is a manic voice babbling, "ha ha ha ha ha wipe out". The spoken voice at the beginning of the song is the voice of the band's manager of the time, Dale Smallen.
Ron Wilson's energetic
drum solo(a speeded up version of his high school marching band's drum cadence) was beaten out on malt-shop tables all over the country which also helped "Wipe Out" to become one of the best-remembered instrumental songs of the period. The afterthought track spent four months on the national Billboardchart in the autumn of 1963, reaching #2 and kept out of the top slot only by Stevie Wonder's " Fingertips." The smash hit returned to the Hot 100 in 1966, reaching #16 in its second national chart run. Meanwhile, original A-side "Surfer Joe" only attracted airplay in the wake of "Wipe Out"'s success, and peaked at #62 during its six-week run.
Another Southern Californian surf group calling themselves the Surfaris had formed around the same time. They renamed themselves
the Original Surfarisfollowing the popularity of "Wipe Out".
Following the death of television personality
Morton Downey, Jr., news reports and obituaries incorrectly [cite web| title =Wiping Out a Myth| work =article| publisher ="Orange County Register"| date =2002| url = http://www.buriedlede.com/journalism/wipeout.html | accessdate = 2007-06-24 ] credited him as the composer of "Wipe Out". [ [http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2001/03/13/entertainment/main278395.shtml Morton Downey Jr. Dies, Combative Talk Show Host Was An Icon Of The 1980s - CBS News ] ] As of 2007, Downey's official website continues to make this claim. [ [http://mortondowneyjr.com/mortondowney.html Morton Downey Jr.'s Home Page ] ]
The song has been covered by several artists including the American rap group
The Fat Boysin which the song was released on their 1987album "Crushin"' making guest appearances with the pop group The Beach Boyson the track. A promo clip was also filmed for The Fat Boys version of the song. This cover version reached #12 in the UScharts and #2 in the UKcharts in 1987.
The Saints, an English band covered the song (produced by
Joe Meek) in the mid-1960s
Dancehall riddim"Wipe Out" is based on the Surfaris song. Several well known Jamaican musicians ( Lady Saw, T.O.K., Elephant Man, Beenie Manand others) recorded vocals over this instrumental. [ [http://www.reggae-vibes.com/rev_var/wwipeout.htm Review : Various - Riddim Driven ~ Wipe Out ] ] Gary Hoeycovered this song on his "Monster Surf" album in 2005. The Queersperformed a cover of "Wipe Out" on the " Acid Beaters" split-cdwith The Mangesin 2003.
Korean rhythm video game " Pump It Up" featured a track called "Mr. Larpus" that was based on this song. The Venturescover the song on their live album " The Ventures on Stage" in 1965.
Toy Dollstoo cover the song with an additional [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZN0RvV0Zp4 Video] made in 1984. Serbian doo wopband Vampirirecorded a cover version on their 1992album "Tacno u ponoc".
In November, 1998,
Phishplayed a cover of the song and then from that point, jokingly, throughout the duration of the show, slipped back into the song in the middle or between other songs, and then encored with it. The show was released on Live Phish Vol. 6.
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