the tornadoes  -  the hollywood tornadoes

At the end of 1961, David Aerni and George Taunton start managing local band The Tornadoes. Early 1962 they decide that it's time to start writing original material. 'Bustin Surfboards' and Aerni's 'Beyond The Surf' are recorded at Bill Nocy's studio in Riverside Airport, and one week later their first 7" on the Aertaun label is issued (aertaun = aer(ni) + taun(ton)).

December 1962, the band releases their second 7", but as the Hollywood Tornadoes. This, to avoid confusion with a British band with the same name.

The same month, Aerni sends the band to the Zappa / Buff Pal recording studio in Cucamonga to record 'Moon Dawg' and 'The Inebriated Surfer'. Both tracks were engineerd by Frank Zappa. The single is released february 1963.

December 1963 sees the release of 'Shootin' Beavers', also recorded at Pal, but censorship boycots radio airplay.

In the year 2000, Sundazed Records releases 'The Swag' and 'Raw-Hide' on 7". Both tracks were engineered by Zappa at Pal in 1962!

July 2004, the band took part in the Zappanale festival, performing a bunch of classic surf compositions, including the Zappa written 'Grunion Run'. Part of the concert got released on the "Zappanale # 15" album and on their "Now And Then" album. The band also contributed to Greg Russo's Neonfire album.

 

from the "Paul Buff presents the PAL and Original Sound studio archives, vol.3" liner notes by Greg Russo:
The Tornadoes' version of The Fireballs' "Vaquero" is just as good as the original version. Written by Fireballs guitarist George Tomsco with Norman Petty's name added for publishing purposes, "Vaquero" is a classic instrumental performance by both bands. The Tornadoes' version was produced by Dave Aerni and engineered by Frank Zappa.

from the "Paul Buff presents the PAL and Original Sound studio archives, vol.9" liner notes by Greg Russo:
"Dave Aerni wrote "The Tornado" for his management client The Tornadoes, who recorded it as a drum showcase for Leonard Delaney. It was engineered by Frank Zappa."

from the "Paul Buff presents the PAL and Original Sound studio archives, vol.10" liner notes by Greg Russo:
"The Gamblers, featuring lead guitarist/writer Derry Weaver and future Mothers Of Invention rhythm guitarist Elliot Ingber, recorded the original version of "Moon Dawg." The Tornadoes turned in one of the very best cover versions ever done, and Frank Zappa engineered and unofficially produced the recording at Pal. "Moon Dawg" is considered a precursor of the surf sound."

from the "Paul Buff presents the PAL and Original Sound studio archives, vol.12" liner notes by Greg Russo:
"We're still riding a wave here, so let's hit the next five surf tracks. Frank Zappa was behind the board when The Tornadoes recorded (James) Norman Sanders' "The Inebriated Surfer," the B-side of their single "Moon Dawg." This single mix is different than the later album mix. The Truants' "Sunset Surf" is a very sedate piece, with Edward Rea's guitar going into Duane Eddy territory. If you listen closely, you can hear where Rea changes guitar effects during the song! The Rotations' "The Cruncher" was the B-side of "Heavies" and another respected surf work. Of course, The Rotations was another name that Paul Buff and Dave Aerni used when they were not recording as The Bongo Teens, so we have a stereo mix of "Baja Bongos" that was not originally released. Our last surf track in this run is The Esquires' "What A Burn," done at the same session as their A-side "Flashing Red.""

from the "Paul Buff presents the PAL and Original Sound studio archives, vol.14" liner notes by Greg Russo:
"During their first visit to Pal Studios in late 1962, The Tornadoes cut two tracks with Frank Zappa engineering. One was "Raw-Hide" and the other was this volume's "The Swag," and both were Link Wray staples. Roly Sanders' guitar playing on "The Swag" made his career highlight reel!"

from the "Paul Buff presents the PAL and Original Sound studio archives, vol.15" liner notes by Greg Russo:
"You want more variations? Try the album mix of The Tornadoes' "The Inebriated Surfer" (engineered by Frank Zappa) and Sonny Wilson's "Lonely Nights" before final overdubs. In-between the Sonny Wilson cut and "Evil Underneath," you are treated to another brief Buff drum track recorded in glorious mono!"

from the "Paul Buff presents the PAL and Original Sound studio archives, vol.16" liner notes by Greg Russo:
"The Zappa-engineered "Raw-Hide" by The Tornadoes is a compact but powerful take of the Link Wray tune, with The Bongo Teens' instrumental version of "Surfin' U.S.A." accomplishing the same task."

from the "Paul Buff presents the PAL and Original Sound studio archives, vol.17" liner notes by Greg Russo:
"The first of two Tornadoes-related songs is The Bongo Teens' version of the classic "Bustin' Surfboards." Despite being a three-chord song, "Bustin' Surfboards" remains a perennial favorite. The Bongo Teens' version was used in the 1988 film "Aloha Summer." A slightly longer version of "Bustin' Surfboards" appears on the "Raw Tracks" album. Following that, The Tornadoes themselves offer the Frank Zappa-engineered "Shootin' Beavers." When it was released in late 1963, parents were outraged that their children were listening to such a "lewd" song! While the title may have been in bad taste, the song was practically instrumental with the occasional side comment!"

from the "Paul Buff presents the PAL and Original Sound studio archives, vol.18" liner notes by Greg Russo:
"Besides surf tunes, The Tornadoes also covered other ground. This volume includes their unique versions of "Bumble Bee Stomp" (based on "The Flight Of The Bumble Bee") and Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode." Both were engineered by Frank Zappa. The Tornadoes were joined on these tracks by 15-year-old keyboard player Larry Flahive."

from the "Paul Buff presents the PAL and Original Sound studio archives, vol.20" liner notes by Greg Russo:
"The Tornadoes kick off our last volume with their incorporation of the songs "Malaguena" and "Dark Eyes" into one nice package. It was engineered at Pal by Frank Zappa."

 

discography

  the tornadoes: bustin' surfboards / beyond the surf
    (1962, 7", usa, aertaun 100) - b-side written by dave aerni
 
  the hollywood tornadoes: the gremmie pt.1 / the gremmie pr.2
    (1962, 7", usa, aertaun 101) - both sides written by dave aerni
 
  the hollywood tornadoes: moon dawg / the inabriated surfer
    (1963, 7", usa, aertaun 102) - recorded at pal; engineered by frank zappa
 
  the tornadoes: phantom surfer / shootin' beavers
    (1963, 7", usa, aertaun 103)  -  zappa engineered the pal recorded b-side
 
  the tornadoes: bustin' surfboards
    (1963, lp, usa, josie 4005) - including some of the zappa engineered tracks
 
  the tornadoes: lightin' / phantom surfer
    (1964, 7", usa, aertaun)
 
  the tornadoes: beyond the surf
    (1999, cd, usa, sundazed) 
- includes tracks that were engineered by frank zappa (in 1962 !)

  the tornadoes: the swag / raw-hide
    (2000, 7", usa, sundazed s-149) - engineered by frank zappa (in 1962 !)
 
  various artists: zappanale 15
    (2004, 3cd, ger, arf society) incl. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

  various artists: zappanale 15 - retrospective
    (2004, dvd, ger, the arf society) - feat. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

  various artists: zappanale # 15
    (2005, cd, ger, arf society) incl. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

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  the tornadoes: now and then
    (2005, cd, usa, crossfire publications 9501-2) - includes tracks that were engineered by frank zappa (in 1962 !)

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  neonfire: neonfire
    (2005, cd, usa, crossfire publications 9502-2) - feat.candy zappa, napoleon murphy brock

 

the tornadoes: charge of the tornadoes
   
(2006, cd, usa, crossfire publications 9503-2) - includes tracks that were engineered by frank zappa (in 1962 !)

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various artists: paul buff presents the pal and original sound studio archives, vol.3
    (2010, download, -, crossfire publications) - feat.contributions by frank zappa

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  various artists: dave aerni presents the best of the aertaun, daani, ador & daytone labels
    (2010, download, -, crossfire publications) - feat.contributions by frank zappa

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  various artists: paul buff presents the pal and original sound studio archives, vol.9
    (2010, download, -, crossfire publications) - feat.contributions by frank zappa

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  various artists: paul buff presents the pal and original sound studio archives, vol.10
    (2010, download, -, crossfire publications) - feat.contributions by frank zappa

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  various artists: paul buff presents the pal and original sound studio archives, vol.12
    (2010, download, -, crossfire publications) - feat.contributions by frank zappa

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  various artists: paul buff presents the pal and original sound studio archives, vol.14
    (2010, download, -, crossfire publications) - feat.contributions by frank zappa

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  various artists: paul buff presents the pal and original sound studio archives, vol.15
    (2010, download, -, crossfire publications) - feat.contributions by frank zappa

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  various artists: paul buff presents the pal and original sound studio archives, vol.16
    (2010, download, -, crossfire publications) - feat.contributions by frank zappa
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  various artists: paul buff presents the pal and original sound studio archives, vol.17
    (2010, download, -, crossfire publications) - feat.contributions by frank zappa

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  various artists: paul buff presents the pal and original sound studio archives, vol.18
    (2010, download, -, crossfire publications) - feat.contributions by frank zappa

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  various artists: paul buff presents the pal and original sound studio archives, vol.20
    (2010, download, -, crossfire publications) - feat.contributions by frank zappa
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  various artists: paul buff presents the pal and original sound studio archives: the collection
    (2011, flash-drive, usa, crossfire publications) = the complete 35 album series, with bonus liner notes on pdf and 56 extra tracks
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