Merrell Fankhauser Video Review
Interview with Nicky Hopkins
hasn't heard of this guy? He has played with Jeff Beck, The Stones
and everyone else you could possibly think of, a virtual who's who of Rock
and Roll. Nicky passed away in '94 leaving behind a legacy of musical
contributions that will not be forgotten. This interview and jam session
aired 1991-95 and nationally to 150 stations via satellite.
Fankhauser conducts a splendid interview with Nicky on his show "California
Music" in 1991. Nicky talks about his diverse and interesting career which
took off in the early sixties in England. Hopkins and Fankhauser mention
the fact that the music they made still stands up well today and they didn't
have all the technologies at hand to fabricate any sounds, they had to
be very good at what they did or else the music wouldn't come out sounding
so good. There is a lot of truth to what they had to say!
going over various aspects of Hopkin's career with some interesting questions
and input from Merrell-Nicky, Roger Capps (Pat Benatar Bass player) and
Merrell launch into a jam session that is an absolute joy to hear and view.
They all look as though they are having a ball! They do a few blues standards
and all the while Hopkins is banging away on the keyboard he is howling
and barking like a dog, and they are all laughing, it's just a great thing
to see. A magical moment in time captured on video. Once all that is over
Merrell sings his tribute "Nicky's Song", which is a very touching number
about his friend and fellow musician. This one's a keeper.
Day In Paradise
title says it all, "A Day In Paradise". The period covered
is 1979-82. It aired on Hawaiian TV 1983 - 84 and then nationally in 1990
several times up to 1995. With all the great music that is performed
on this video the surrounding scenery just enhances the entire experience.
The trip to Maui seen through Merrell and his band's eyes is sweet candy
for the soul, a complete multimedia experience for the eyes and ears.
The impact of the music alone is tremendous then the added aspects of
the pristine backgrounds just give it a special air of freshness and beauty
that is hard to put into words. Mountains, majestic waterfalls and
the bluer than blue Hawaiian surf. All those factors gives it enough visual
and auditory magic to make it an experience beyond compare. There are some
really great shots of wind surfers on this video that makes the tropical
island theme exciting and adds to the already visually pleasing excursion.
Everything fits like a glove. Soothing and spiritual. Very nice.
surf music? Boy are you in for a treat with this video! The clips on this
video were taken from Merrell Fankhauser's TV show California Surf Music
from 1991-95. There is an interview with Dick Dale were he states
that he originated the "Surf Sound". I would be willing to bet there are
plenty of people out there that would beg to differ on that statement.
In fact several well known artists agree with me that it was The Ventures
and The Fireballs that started the instro/surf genre. Let's hear some feedback
on that point of interest!
there is a Mike Love interview at his home. The Mermen, The Revels,
The Impacts jamming...it just goes on and on! And the Ventures, wow! what
a surprise that was. They are all freaked out and dressed in drag like
glam rockers doing "Wipe Out 2000" complete with a gorgeous blonde
babe in her thong, whew!. I felt like I was transported back in time to
the exciting time of the 60's when all of this started. You will get a
good dose of reverb and have a great time watching some of those great
groups from that time period perform some of their big hits. This is a
fun and rollicking good time. That's what surf music is all about!
Groups in order of appearance
The Impacts-"Hangin' Out"
Dick Dale-Surf Medley and
The Revels-Interview and
Jon Blair-Interview and
The Mermen-"Soul Surfin"
The Ventures-"Wipe Out"
The Revels-"Wipe Out"
The Impacts-"Fort Lauderdale"
The Impacts-"Grover Beach"
The Impacts-"Wave Snake"