Based in Los Angeles, USA, this quartet, Davie Allan (lead guitar), Paul Johnson (rhythm guitar), Steve Pugh (bass) and Larry Brown (drums), arrived in the wake of fellow instrumental stylists Dick Dale and the Ventures. Allan’s distinctive, ‘heavy fuzz’ sound was already prominent on ‘Apache ’65’, a feature that remained constant despite a fluctuating Arrows line-up. This exciting single was a regional hit, prompting a hurriedly recorded album of the same name. The set was produced by Mike Curb, who was well known for supplying soundtrack music for the numerous movies emerging from the AIP film studio. Allan contributed to several subsequent Curb-instigated albums, usually as a member of the many pseudo-groups Curb organized around Hollywood-based session musicians. However, the guitarist received full credit for ‘Blue’s Theme’ culled from the 1966 film The Wild Angels. Allan and the Arrows were rewarded with their sole US Top 40 entry when this track was issued as a single. The Cycle-delic Sounds Of Davie Allan And The Arrows captured the group at a creative peak, blending hard riffs and tight melodies with a dash of acid rock. By the end of the 60s Allan’s sound had become passé, but he remains one of the decade’s finest exponents of the guitar instrumental.
Soundtrack From The Motion Picture Skaterdater
Skaterdater is a 1965 film produced by Marshal Backlar, written / directed by Noel Black and distributed by United Artists. It was the Palme d'Or winner for Best Short Film at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Short Subject category. It also won first prizes in international film festivals in Moscow and Venice and was the first film on skateboarding.
Skaterdater has had lasting cultural relevance in the film industry. It has been the subject of scholarly articles on cinematography and The Huffington Post included it in a list of 15 films every entrepreneur must see. David O'Russell, award-winning director of Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle and The Fighter, has credited Skaterdater as a reason for his initial interest in Film. The Academy Film Archive preserved Skaterdater in 2010.
The film tells a story with no dialogue about a group of skaters who are suddenly at a turning point after one of them sees a young girl and becomes interested in her causing a rift within the group. The skaters were members of the neighborhood Imperial Skateboard Club from Torrance, California and included Gary Hill, Gregg Carroll, Mike Mel, Bill McKaig, Gary Jennings, Bruce McKaig and Rick Anderson.
The surf rock-esque soundtrack was composed by Mike Curb and Nick Venet.
Mike Curb The Sidewalk Sounds
Davie Allan & The Arrows