Surf Music: 15 versions of Pipeline

Friday, March 18, 2005

Could there be any music better than Surf Music? Possibly. Maybe in some dipshit alternate universe. Whatever, today I'm posting links to 15 different versions of the classic surf anthem Pipeline. Why? Because THIS is the internet. I can do what I want.

The Chantays:   The Classic Version. The Ultimate.

The Ventures:   Pretty Good Version from a pretty good band.

The Stingrays:   Not Bad at all, really. Classic Surf.

The Balboas:   Pretty Rockin' Version. Me Likey.

The Golden Years:   Japanese Punk Version.

The Muffinmates:   German Surf Version. Mmmmmmm...

Agent Orange:   SuperPunk Version. High Energy Music.

The Cutbacks:   Another American Surf band. They surf for real.

Ambient Music Version:   Like, Whatever Dude.

Greg McSulla:   From The Planktones site.

The Enigmatics: Tulsa Alternative band. You be the judge.

Doctor Surf:   Another German Surf Band. Nice name.

Bobby Johnson:   Some guy in his garage.

The Spoilers:   I dunno. A Russian surf band?

Another Unknown Band:   But good, baby, real good.

UPDATE 4/11: The 16th Version

Via Espew comes the Dick Dale and Stevie Ray version which I could not seem to locate online at first. Lots of purists seem to hate this version but who gives a shit about them, eh? Enjoy.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Blog,

You missed the best ever version of pipeline by Junior Brown (! Junior does a song called Surf Medley that combines Pipeline and Secret Agent Man. Junior plays this wonderful song on an instrument he invented called the guit-steel.

Don't know who this fellow is... or was (God Bless His Soul, he had good taste) but here is Junior's version!

(Right side, under audio & video. Caption says "Tom's Favorites: Surf Medley by Junior Brown with Wes Montgomery"

8:51 PM  
Blogger heads said...

Thanks so much for that link. I've listened to the tune about 10 times already. Although it's not strictly a "version" of Pipeline it's some great, clean guitar work...wish I had a Dick Dale version to post...

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks for the compliment! Speaking of Dick Dale & pipeline...well here you go. If you want any artist go to and enter the artist's name. Here DD's Pipeline:

8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks for the compliment! Speaking of Dick Dale & pipeline...well here you go. If you want any artist go to and enter the artist's name. Here DD's Pipeline:

8:10 PM  
Blogger heads said...

Hey Anonymous ::

Y'know that's really weird because I was just searching e-spew the othr day, keyword "Surf"...just now I keyworded "Pipeline" and got Dick's and Stevie's Pipeline version that I hadn't been able to find online any other way...

Thanks again for the tip.


5:58 PM  
Anonymous said...

Loved the pipeline page!

I have an MP3 from a Cincinnati surf
band called The Maladroits. They've
since disbanded and the song is no
longer on their website. Give me an
email addy and I'll post a copy for
you on

3:55 PM  
Blogger heads said...

Thank you sir or Madam: Would love to hear it! E-mail is headsfromspace at yahoo dot com.

-Stay cool

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Check this out! Another version of pipeline, but, by an Argentinian band

9:43 PM  
Blogger wyneken said...

Want a few more? I've got the Lively Ones (a good strong version with sax), Lunar TiKis, Ron-de-Voos, Blue Hawaiians (nice organ work), and Killer Bananazz.

--> jazzpolice(at)

8:44 PM  
Blogger heads said...

Sure, I'm always interested in new versions! Are they online somewhere or MP3 files you could send?

12:48 PM  
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2:16 AM  
Blogger Jeremy Toaster said...

I have about 5 or so different "ska" versions of this song. Hit me up on AIM : MOOBAKS is the name, I can transfer the songs to you.

Pipeline : The Busters All Stars
Pipeline : The Scofflaws
Pipeline : The Goods
Pipeline : Bad Manners
Misskalculation : Ruder Than You

I also have a version of the Chantays doing the song "acoustic"

10:46 PM  
Blogger Jeremy Toaster said...

Oh and a friend just reminded me about the version done by Anthrax! Actually a pretty decent rendition.

10:50 PM  
Blogger coolbert said...

Here's another version of 'Pipeline' from an album Bruce Johnston put out in the mid 70's called 'Going Public'.

10:46 AM  
Blogger silverflute said...

I have 2 versions of "Pipeline" ..
Pipeline by Chantays
Pipeline by Ventures which is a newer recorded CD which is not the 1960s cover the Ventures did. Does anyone know of a 1960s era CD that might have the older Ventures version? Thanks

3:22 AM  
Blogger AlfVQ said...

you forgot about ANTHRAX, man... great version

12:53 PM  
Blogger emily said...

for the record the maladroits from cincinnati are back together and play a few shows a year. write them on myspace if you have a gig for them

10:06 PM  

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