Favorite 60's One Hit Wonders #8 - "Penetration"
Colorado Springs, Colorado
July 15, 2016 8:42am CST
Even though I can count on one hand the number of times I've been to the ocean, I've always had an affinity for surf culture, especially the music. In the 60's, quite a few surf bands scored Top 40 hits, yet failed to build upon that momentum with a second hit. Recently, @FourWalls and I have been focusing on one hit wonders from various decades (the 70's and 80's so far, ) and right now, we're doing the sixties. Which brings us to The Pyramids, #8 in my Favorite 60's One Hit Wonders series. The Pyramids formed in Long Beach in 1961, and were known for their shaved heads. You also might remember their appearance in the surf film Bikini Beach. In 1964, The Pyramids hit the Top 20 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart with their song "Penetration." "Penetration" is pure, groovy surf music, one of the reasons the genre was so cool. It was, according to Wikipedia, the last big instrumental surf hit. The video is of the band's performance on American Bandstand. As you dig the choreography, be sure to admire the enthusiasm of saxophonist Tom Pitman, who doesn't get to play a lick. (I'm using the rules from Wayne Jancik's book The Billboard Book of One-Hit Wonders: An act can only have appeared on the Top 40 of the Hot 100 once. Any sub-charts don't count, and neither do countries other than the States.)
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