Hang Ten Through Hell


I’ve never been much of a surfer, but I fell in love with the culture shortly after moving to LA in 1995. One of my favorite films of all time is Endless Summer.

Today’s lost IJG tune is not exactly a surf rock number, though it does draw on elements of that genre, as well as the under-appreciated stuff known as “exotica.” It was originally intended as part of a larger musical-theatrical concept that involved dead zombie rock-n-rollers aggressively protesting the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina by surfing through the sunken city of New Orleans (and then on to Washington, DC), wreaking vengeance on the responsible parties. Needless to say, that project never came to fruition.

This particular instance of the tune is basically a leftover from the Bimhuis performance that yielded the album LEEF. It is raw, unedited, and unmixed. I would like to officially revisit the tune someday, in order give it the attention it deserves. Ah, well: that probably won’t happen for a while. In the meantime, here ’tis:

“Hang Ten Through Hell”

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[Photo credit: Chaz Wags.]

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