Saturday, July 29, 2006


Usually Dick Dale's legacy is regarded as just being "Miserlou", or as most folks probably know it, "That surf guitar song from Pulp Fiction and tons of commercials".

"Miserlou" by Dick Dale and the Del-Tones

Dale was a remarkable guitar player, who really helped shape the future of rock and roll guitar. He was using post production guitar effects before it was the norm, he worked with Fender to create new equipment with richer tones and more volume, and he played his righty guitar upside down and left handed before Hendrix did. He incorporated Middle Eastern and Eastern European melodies into his songs, something that was not often done in American Pop music up to that time. He also is responsible for the first recorded surf music instrumental, "Let's Go Trippin". Now I don't know much about Dick Dale's hallucinogen intake, but I'll let you listen to the song and draw your own conclusions.

"Let's Go Trippin!" by Dick Dale and the Del-Tones

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