Saturday, 21 April 2018

Shadow Dancing

Surf's Up
Hank Marvin has got a lot to answer for: when surfing (literally) Youtube I don't think I've ever seen a single 60s combo playing their then current instrumental hit of the day and not do the  Shadows Shuffle. The Chantays are no exception.

Their 1963 hit Pipeline is a tour de force. It's impossible to keep still when it comes on the radio. Not that many radio stations in 2018 go in for a lot of surf.

As with the Ventures, this video clip is magical. When the group introduce themselves you just know that this is the biggest night of their lives; and, who knows, maybe it still is.



The Chantays - Pipeline


P.S. Many years later Johnny Thunders really took the song to town - this live version even ended up on the Sopranos soundtrack. A bigger accolade you'd be hard pushed to achieve.

6 comments:

  1. John, I really enjoyed watching this video and it knocked me sideways to learn that the ultimate in squeaky-clean adult-targeted variety programs - The Lawrence Welk Show - had once featured an act that would appeal to the teenage crowd of the time!

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  2. VS - I'm sure that strongly worded letters were written to the relevant newspapers.

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    1. CC - Your one word critique is spot on.

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  4. Great video. My Dad would have approved unlike he did of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zep et. al. when they appeared lol

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    1. Hey Graham. Thanks for dropping by; not heard from you for ages - how are you? It is a priceless video, isn't it? And I hereby dedicate it to Mr. Hunt Snr.!

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