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
The Surf Raiders got their start as an instrumental surf band in late 1979. In the beginning, the band spent a lot of time establishing a play list and practicing. They fine-tuned their act playing at local clubs, restaurants and parties in and around the Los Angeles area.
The group also went through a few changes in personnel featuring several guest sax players. Prior to their two appearances at the famed Whisky A Go Go, Linda Dalley joined the group. The final lineup consisted of Neal Kuzee (guitar), Bob Dalley (lead guitar), Loyd Davis (bass), Dave Rodriguez (drums) and Linda Dalley (keyboards).
In 1982, prior to Linda joining, the Surf Raiders recorded and released their first album Raiders Of The Lost Surf. The album began getting airplay on many rock stations in the LA area including KROQ. Both the album and the group made many appearances on KXLU’s Surf Wave Show hosted by popular surf DJ Jim Dunfrund.
The Surf Raiders picked up a loyal group of fans who were also surfers Erik, Andy, Keith and Doug. These great young men would show up at the gigs, help load in the equipment and set up. After dancing their hearts out, they would help pack everything up and load up the cars.
In 1983, due to the success of Raiders Of The Lost Surf, the group headed back to the studio laying down tracks for their second album Surf Bound. KXLU DJ Jim Dunfrund penned the liner notes for the original release of the Surf Bound album. A short while later Mark Lee Goodsdale, released the two songs, Steel Pier and Shortin’ Board on his Bobbette record label. He also released a very limited edition of Steel Pier pressed in blue vinyl. These two songs are now included in this reissue of Surf Bound as bonus tracks.
1983 was a busy year for the Surf Raiders. They were honored to make an appearance on New Wave Theater playing The Surf Raider from their first album Raiders Of The Lost Surf. We would like to thank all of the people who have supported the Surf Raiders since the beginning. It has been a long and crazy ride!
Robert Dalley (Lead); Linda Dalley (Organ); Neal Kuzee (Rhythm); Dave Rodriguez (Drums); Loyd Davis (Bass).
Produced by Robert & Linda for Surf’s Up Productions.
Executive Producer: P. Woertink.
Engineered & Mixed by Pat Woertink. Recorded at The Garage, W. Covina, California, USA.
Cover photo: Erik Wadsworth.
“42” Woody courtesy of Dave Holmes.
Mastered at Reference Point.
Special thanks to Roy Dorenkemper & Bob Hutchinson WAIF Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
We also thank Durby Wheeler for his help. A thank you to our fans Erik, Andy, Keith and Doug.