Last year there was an unfortunate collision of interests for instrumental music fans: two documentaries on The Ventures, each seeking crowdfunding at the same time. Stars on Guitars appeared to have suffered more from that conflict, raising considerably less than Walk Don't Run with roughly a third as many donors. However, this clearly didn't shake the team for Stars on Guitars, as their film readies for release while Walk Don't Run appears to be looking at 2021 at the earliest. I certainly didn't expect to see this film so soon, but the result feels quite full, fun, and perhaps more exciting for surf music fans than they might expect!
Fantastic 3 - Dragster (14 Favorites!!!)
The Surfdusters - El Dementia (save the waves)
The Charades - Besame Mucho (Supersonic Action)
wjlp - astronausea (hard boiled)
stronzo gelantino and the boomen - disco cancer (part 1)
laurie wade's cavaliers - cloudburst (board boogie)
The New Dimensions - Junker (Deuces and Eights)
The Tornados - Czardas (live) (ridin' the wind)
The Atlantics - War of the Worlds (Complete CBS Recordings)
The Surfaris - Earthquake (Hit City '64)
Los Belking's - Rompe Olas (45)
The Gremmys put a lot of weight on my fickle tastes, so I like to spread out and get input from others who have listened to a lot of new surf music to add some balance. It's always fun seeing what releases clicked with other people, and which ones people happen to agree with me about.
I gave everybody full reign over how they wanted to format it -- after all the format of the Gremmys is pretty awkward on its own. Italics are my own little intros.
Thanks to everybody that contributed this year!
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