Bob is a founding member of The Surfaris, and every guitar player since 1963 has learned to play the band’s big hit “Wipeout” sometime early in their career.
The song, which Bob recorded when he was 15, sold over a million copies and rose to #2 on the Billboard charts when it was released, and has re-entered the charts a number of times since thanks to being used in various movies and television shows.
The band went on to record other surf hits like “Surfer Joe,”Point Panic,” and “Similou” as well. Bob and the band still perform at concerts around the country.
In the interview we talked about how “Wipeout” came about (and you won’t believe the story) and its continual life, the gear he used, his relationship with Leo Fender, the difference between old and new gear, life in the early music business, and much more.
On the intro I’ll take a what social media and streaming networks people are using most in the United States (you’ll be surprised), and how songs and albums are being changed because of the skip rate metric.