‘Happy Accidents’ That Made Songs And Musicians Into Major Hits

“Wipeout” Was A Last-Minute Song By The Surfaris

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With the average age of the band being just 15 years old, The Surfaris found enough local success to land themselves a manager with their song “Surfer Joe.” After they finished recording “Surfer Joe,” their celebration was short-lived once their manager asked them what they would be recording on the B-side of the record.

The band was absolutely clueless until their drummer starting pounding wildly on the drums, a sped-up version of what their high school drumline played. The rest of the band began improvising along until they had a fully fleshed-out version of “Wipe Out.” Just six months later, the song was everywhere.