Shuffle Aces: Surfside 6 – Cool In The Tube
Here’s a blast from the past, in fact one of the first singles I remember buying from the legendary Phantom Records in Sydney. Phantom was also a record label at the forefront of indie during their heyday from 1979 until the mid ‘80s with bands like Sunnyboys, Hoodoo Gurus and Hummingbirds all in the stable. The Surfside 6 was less well-known but was Phantom’s second release ever. This song, Cool In The Tube, was classic surf-pop and somehow nailed it for me – especially as I was in a retro surf meets new-wave punk kind of mode at the time!
Until I found this on YouTube, the only version I had was from a recording I’d made from the original 7” onto a dodgy old cassette and 30 years later transferred – badly – into an mp3. Nothing much else to say here, but this is a fun trip down memory lane!
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You can find all the Shuffle Ace tracks – although sadly not including this one – on a Spotify playlist here.
Shuffle Aces is a series of posts that highlights a song of the week that “shuffling” has brought forth. With all the streaming services it’s not just an iPod on shuffle mode that we use to discover new stuff, but the principle remains the same: hit play and wait to see what gems come forth.
Surfside Six, Cool In The Tube is the unlisted track 13 on the cd that comes with the 1957 – now , The Real Thing, book