Surf City

Album: Surf City (1963)
Charted: 26 1
  • Two girls for every boy

    I bought a '30 Ford wagon and we call it a woodie
    (Surf City, here we come)
    You know it's not very cherry, it's an oldie but a goodie
    (Surf City, here we come)
    Well, it ain't got a back set or a rear window
    But it still gets me where I wanna go

    And we're goin' to Surf City, 'cause it's two to one
    You know we're goin' to Surf City, gonna have some fun
    You know we're goin' to Surf City, 'cause it's two to one
    You know we're goin' to Surf City, gonna have some fun, now
    Two girls for every boy

    They say they never roll the streets up 'cause there's always somethin' goin'
    (Surf City, here we come)
    You know they're either out surfin' or they got a party growin'
    (Surf City, here we come)
    Yeah, and there's two swingin' honeys for every guy
    And all you gotta do is just wink your eye

    And we're goin' to Surf City, gonna have some fun, now
    You know we're goin' to Surf City, 'cause it's two to one
    You know we're goin' to Surf City, gonna have some fun
    You know we're goin' to Surf City, 'cause it's two to one, now
    Two girls for every boy

    And if my woody breaks down on me somewhere on the surf route
    (Surf City, here we come)
    I'll strap my board to my back and hitch a ride in my wetsuit
    (Surf City, here we come)
    And when I get to Surf City I'll be shootin' the curl
    And checkin' out the parties for a surfer girl

    And we're goin' to Surf City, 'cause it's two to one
    You know we're goin' to Surf City, gonna have some fun
    You know we're goin' to Surf City, 'cause it's two to one
    You know we're goin' to Surf City, gonna have some fun, now
    Two girls for every
    Two girls for every boy Writer/s: BRIAN DOUGLAS WILSON, JAN BERRY
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management
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Comments: 5

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 28th 1965, Jan and Dean performed "Surf City" on the Dick Clark's ABC-TV weekday afternoon program 'Where The Action Is', and this was the show's debut episode*...
    Exactly two years earlier on June 28th, 1963 "Surf City" was at #10 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; sixteen days later on July 14th it would peak at #1 for two weeks {See next post}...
    * 'Where The Action Is' would be on the air for just under two years; it had a grand total of 403 episodes, with the last one airing on March 31st, 1967.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 9th 1963, "Surf City" by Jan and Dean entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #68; five weeks later on July 14th, 1963 it would peaked at #1 {for 2 weeks} and it stayed on the chart for 13 weeks...
    Between 1959 and 1966 the duo had twenty-four songs make Top 100 chart; five made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, after "Surf City" their next biggest hit was "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena", it reached #3 in 1964...
    They just missed having a sixth Top 10 record when "Honolulu Lulu" peaked at #11 in 1963 {and two just made the Top 10 when both "Baby Talk" and "Drag City" peaked right at #10}...
    Sadly; Jan Berry passed away on March 26th, 2004 at the age of 62...
    May he R.I.P.
  • Rocky from Fort Smith, ArBack in 1963 my younger brother was a Jan & Dean fan & bought this single. That's basically how I got to like the song, but I'd heard it over the radio for weeks beforehand. Surf music just wasn't my bag back then, until later. I remember that my girlfriend at the time, "Cow Patty," had a crush on Jan Barry & it irked me to no end. This was also a song written by Brian Wilson & I admired him for his work in music production. On the West Coast, Brian & Phil Spector were just about the two major record producers who were enormously successful.
  • Elmer H from Westville, OkDidn't this song help to give the surfing craze some momentum in the early Sixties? And then along came some other group's ridiculously insane song, "Surfing Bird" and nearly ruined everything! Anyway, many friends in my high school were fans of surfing music, hot rods, the Beach Boys, and Jan & Dean during those years. I was a big Jan & Dean fan back then. I must mention that I recall the production quality of Jan & Dean recordings was outstanding. Was this from the influences of Brian Wilson? Or possibly Phil Spector? It was quite evident on "Dead Man''s Curve."
  • Willie from Scottsdale, AzThe Jesus and Mary Chain did a parody of this song called "Kill Surf City" with a vaguely similar riff, but quite different lyrics.
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