Oh, Barry, everybody knows werewolves can’t surf! And speaking of wipe outs, here are a few fun facts about “Wipe Out”, the ever-popular instrumental by The Surfaris…
–“Wipe Out” has been featured in over 20 films and television series since 1964, appearing at least once a decade (this includes both the Surfaris’ version as well as covers).
–Surfari drummer Ron Wilson’s energetic solo for “Wipe Out” is a sped-up version of his Charter Oak High School marching band’s drum cadence.
–For some bizarre reason, combative TV personality Morton Downey, Jr. was credited as the composer of “Wipe Out” following his death in 2001 (in actuality, it was written by Bob Berryhill, Pat Connolly, Jim Fuller and Ron Wilson).
–For some even more bizarre reason, the 1987 cover of “Wipe Out” by The Fat Boys and The Beach Boys went to #2 on the UK music charts.