Thanks to Green Cookie Records, a whole new generation will have access to two of the most important Surf music releases of the early 80s!
At a time when New Wave, Heavy Metal and Pop music dominated, The Surf Raiders did the Surfer’s Stomp to the beat of their own drums and were one of only a handful of bands carrying the torch of traditional Surf music.
Bob Dalley is not only a living legend for writing one of the essential publications on First Wave Surf music, Surfin’ Guitars: Instrumental Surf Bands Of The Sixties, but also for putting his knowledge to practical use and leading one of the premiere traditional Surf bands of the early 80s.
Raiders Of The Lost Surf and Surf Bound helped establish The Surf Raiders as one of the few prime examples of traditional Surf music in the early 80s. They are absolutely essential for any true Surf fan.
— Jonpaul Balak (Bassist at Insect Surfers, Surfer Joe, The Tikiyaki Orchestra; Dj at LuxuriaMusic; Former Dj & Music Director at North Sea Surf Radio; Former editor, photographer & writer at Tiki Magazine)
In November of 1979 while living in Azusa, California I had an idea of trying to put a group together. I thought it would be neat to find a bunch of guys who had a common interest, instrumental surf music and wanted to play it. Through recording collecting, I met Neal Kuzee who also played guitar. Neal showed me a book written by John Blair called The Illustrated Discography of Surf Music. This was the motivation I needed. I decided to go ahead with my plans of starting a live performing instrumental. I was able to secure a Fender Dual Showmen, Fender Reverb unit and a Fender Stratocaster that I needed to get the traditional surf sound.
I placed an add in a free weekly paper that covered the Los Angeles area. In response, Loyd, lead guitar and bassist from North Hollywood was the first to respond. Guitarist Steve Tanner from Covina called. Drummer Dave Rodriguez from South San Gabriel joined up. We all gathered in my garage one February day in 1980. Everyone had experience playing in groups so it wasn’t long before we were knocking Wipeout, Pipeline and Baja.
The first public appearance of our band was at a party in Covina in June 1980. We called ourselves The Surf Raiders. After a few gigs, Steve moved, so I called Neal and asked him to join. Neal located sax player, Larry Moore, who also joined us. Larry’s appearances with The Surf Raiders really expanded our popularity and surf sound.
Almost from the beginning, The Surf Raiders started recording. Our first record came from a recording session in Neal’s front room which consisted of The Curl Rider, an original instrumental surf tune I had penned and a cover Let There Be Surf. It was pretty cool writing and recording an original surf tune. The Curl Rider / Let There Be Surf single was released on our Surf Wax Records label SW-101.
In June of 1981, Larry Moore left The Surf Raiders for other interests. A new saxophonist, Emmett O’Sullivan was recruited by Neal. Shortly after, we recorded our first album Raiders Of The Lost Surf. The songs were a mix of covers and original material. One song, High Wall, was not used but later appeared on a What Surf compilation. Neal then rearranged his tune Point Conception, slowed it down and released it as a single SW-102 titled Point Conception ’63. This version did not appear on the LP. They now appear as bonus cuts on this reissue of Raiders Of The Lost Surf on CD.
We thank all of those people who supported The Surf Raiders in the beginning. We made a lot of friends and had great time perfoming during our 15 minutes of fame back then.
Robert Dalley (Lead); Linda Dalley (Organ); Neal Kuzee (Rhythm); Dave Rodriguez (Drums); Loyd Davis (Bass)
Produced by: Robert Dalley & Neal Kuzee
Recorded: August 1981, West Covina, California, USA
Mastered: Reverence Point, Burbank, California, USA
Photo credit: Cover by Mike Moir, Surfer by Rich Knight &
Tim Duchene, Snaps by Mark Phiel & Terry Smith.
Cover Design: Robert & Linda Dalley
Special Thanks: Rodney Bingenhimer – KROQ, Emmett O’Sullivan, Larry Moore, Barbara Rogers & all our fans who made this album possible.