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Old 03-18-2019, 11:44 AM
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Default RIP Dick Dale

Dead at 81.

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Old 03-18-2019, 12:45 PM
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I know I had heard Misirlou a few times before Pulp Fiction but I wasn't aware of how old-school cool it was until that movie. I've tip-toed into some of his other songs and they're all amazing. Godspeed, sir.
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Old 03-18-2019, 04:33 PM
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A toast to the King of the Surf Guitar.

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Old 03-18-2019, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Ludendorkk View Post

What on Earth!!! I never realized Dick Dale played guitar upside-down and backwards! I mean sure, there are plenty of left-handed guitarists out there so that always looks weird to people used to a right-handed guitar. But Dick Dale isn't just left-handed but also strings his guitar in the opposite order (usually the strings are ordered from low to high but he inverts it). I never, ever realized that before. And I've never, ever seen any other guitarist who plays in that fashion. (Jimi Hendrix was a lefty who was known for playing right-handed guitars. So it looked backwards when he played them but he would re-string the guitars so that they were in the standard order of low to high.)

It's remarkable how Dick Dale was the forerunner to some major musical trends. He incorporated some Middle Eastern influences and pioneered surf rock and in doing so helped to push the electric guitar technology in the direction that would lead to the modern distorted guitar sound. And his speed in picking made him a forerunner to a lot of heavy metal style playing.

RIP, Dick Dale. May you shred and surf forevermore.
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Old 03-19-2019, 01:33 AM
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I'm not much of a knowledgeable person regarding music, and I don't listen to podcasts, so I don't frequent this subforum at all, but regarding this, and being one of many people who learned about misirlou from Pulp Fiction, and only relatively recently learned about its original author, I'm very saddened to read that apparently he had had to keep playing and touring even at an advanced age and gravely sick just to be able to afford treatment. Shit.

May he shred in peace now, free of any healthcare hassles.
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Old 03-19-2019, 04:59 AM
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Old 03-23-2019, 02:20 PM
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Dick Dale is justifiably a legend. I actually was able to see him in a small club about 15 years ago and it was amazing.
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Old 03-24-2019, 07:16 AM
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The fact that the world got stuck with decades of blues rock instead of surf evolving directly into a protopunk where everyone shreds on clean Fender guitars with shit tons of reverb is a shame. RIP Dick Dale. All hail the king of the surf guitar.
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