Dick Dale’s “Misirlou.” Percy Faith’s “Theme From A Summer Place.” The Ventures’ “Walk, Don’t Run.” Three renowned compositions that gained fame as instrumentals. Now you can hear them with vocals.
I was lucky enough to be raised by parents who had a great record collection. And my dad instilled in me a love for surf music. So I’ve been listening to “Walk, Don’t Run,” “Misirlou,” “Perfidia” and the like for pretty much my entire life. As a kid, I always wondered if there were words to those magical instrumentals, and if there were, were the words as magical as the music?
Turns out there are words to quite a few. The legendary Lucha Libre mask-clad instrumental combo Los Straitjackets has teamed up with noted rockabilly musician and vocalist Deke Dickerson for Los Straitjackets: Deke Dickerson Sings The Instrumental Hits, out October 7 via Yep Rock Records. Here’s a sneak peek:
“Waitaminute, that’s the Hawaii Five-O theme!” Yeah, I know. I said the same thing. Pick up the album when it comes out and hear what instrumental classics like “Sleepwalk” and “Pipeline” sound like with Deke weaving words into them. It’s kinda mind-boggling.
Catch the band live at The Sinclair on Thursday, October 30.