Delightful Rain
The Story

 The Atlantics’ Bombora was nonetheless the first true Australian surf music tune.

  For DELIGHTFUL RAIN, it was essential that both The Denvermen and The Atlantics be involved. And involved they were, the former represented by Les Green and his new equally captivating version of Surfside, and the latter by a swag of material including a new recording of their signature tune (this time with the input of innovative guitarist Jeff Lang), a surprise updating of Midnight Oil’s Wedding Cake Island and a “delightful” new tune One More Summer.

  Unlike the Americans, Australian musicians and recording studios lacked many of the accoutrements that made the American surf sound what it was. As a result, the local variety was created with what was at hand and it should be pointed out that all of the Australian surf music single releases (and the majority of LP sides), just like the material featured in DELIGHTFUL RAIN, are ORIGINAL Australian compositions, recorded by Australians for Australians; wholly Australian made, unlike much of the earlier rock and roll material and later ‘60s pop hits.

   By the early months of 1964 the musical atmosphere had changed dramatically with the advent of Beatlemania. It may have been no longer cool to “be into” surf music, but like the then emerging musical scene, it too was undergoing an evolution.

  One band in particular who exemplified this renaissance was The Sunsets.

   What provided The Sunsets with an undeniable connection to the surfing consciousness were their musical contributions to the soundtracks of a number of surfing films by Paul Witzig and Bob Evans circa 1966-1970 and their inevitable performances at the briefly annual Surfers’ Ball. However, by the dawn of the ‘70s, The Sunsets had adopted the more progressive sounding name of Tamam Shud and their style of “saltwater sound” as opposed to “surf music” has been filtering through the air ever since.

  Never a Top 40 band, The Shud developed into a pioneering musical combo whose contributions to the soundtrack of Alby Falzon’s 1972 surfing film MORNING OF THE EARTH earned them and everyone else involved a Gold Album when sales of the soundtrack longplayer exceeded all expectations. Not only was the soundtrack hugely successful, musically it was a watershed for Australian surf music. It introduced the concept of specially written tunes about the beach, the ocean and the surfing lifestyle to a larger demographic than previous surfing films.

  For DELIGHTFUL RAIN, Tamam Shud, always vehemently keen to avoid being labeled a retro act, provided the Lindsay Bjerre penned tune, What’s Come Over You.

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