Ok who still plays the song Wipe Out.

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Played it in my basement as a kid. But live, in front of people? No way.
Firstly, the bands I was in would never play it, and second, I couldn't really handle it - my hand speed was just not high enough...


A classic:

Dan some time it good to break out of the mold really try something new.
 

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I hated the song when it first came out. I grew to hate it more and more as years went by. I always knew the extent of my drumming abilities. And, soloing was not part of my talents. In 20 plus years, I was a member of one band and a founding member of two other bands. Those bands knew that I would not solo other than a couple bars of intro or longer fills. All requests for Wipeout were met with me diplomatically telling the person who asked that I do not play that song----EVER. I always considered myself to be a rhythm section player--not a lead player. I was always very comfortable playing as part of an ensemble--not alone.
I am some what like you A time keeper but I do like to play this. I guess you can say it is my moment in time. Or shine. It is all good.
 

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I hated the song when it first came out. I grew to hate it more and more as years went by. I always knew the extent of my drumming abilities. And, soloing was not part of my talents. In 20 plus years, I was a member of one band and a founding member of two other bands. Those bands knew that I would not solo other than a couple bars of intro or longer fills. All requests for Wipeout were met with me diplomatically telling the person who asked that I do not play that song----EVER. I always considered myself to be a rhythm section player--not a lead player. I was always very comfortable playing as part of an ensemble--not alone.
I am some what like you A time keeper but I do like to play this. I guess you can say it is my moment in time. Or shine. It is all good.
 

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I haven't played it in many moons, when I did, I liked to play the 1st measure second and vice versa. The second measure is clave-like to me. Then, in those stops, I'd ad-lib but do the last 2 1/4 notes of the second measure with 16ths.
I think you can get away with not playing it straight, just reference it.
 

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Guilty as charged! One of the first songs I learned to play when I got my kit. Always preferred the original Surfaris version to The Ventures. I'm sure I didn't play it perfectly, as written. Just tried to replicate the accents and flow around the toms as I heard them. Always enjoyed that song whether listening or playing...sorry!
 

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it was written by the Surfaris. I knew them [met them in the 1980's], and I was friends with the drummer Ron Wilson.
I met Ron when my band opened for The Surfaris in 1985 in Turlock, Ca.
He told me the blue sparkle set he used that night was the same set he played on the record.
 

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Never found it difficult to play as long as the guitar players knew what they were doing.

I'd play the first two drum breaks in traditional fashion; first break on snare then second on floor (or vice versa) just to mix it up a bit. (Once in a while I'd feel like using a rack tom on one of these sections instead of a floor.)

On the third drum break I'd ad lib running around snare, racks and floor. Basically, accents are still there but just placed and voiced differently with less notes being executed than the "normal" breaks.

After all; we're talking live performance, and it's sometimes nice to spice things up and be dynamic.

if you begin to grow fatigued during the song, while playing the original breaks, keep your elbows in against your rib cage, use your wrists and no problem.

Not that things need to be verbatim, but most guys I've seen don't fill during the non-drum-solo sections. I think these fills are important toward the end of each of the guitar phrasings.

Just my take on the subject.
 
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Sorta... My band has a surf song called Surf Nazis Must Die (after the movie) and to intro the song in I do sort of a Wipe Out like thing. I don't actually Play the wipe out beat but people get the idea.
 

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I wonder what the 2nd most "drummiest" song is out there? Not blast beats or speed metal, but something that's been around???
 

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right here baby! i play in a kiddie duo that plays for toddlers to 5th graders. we always do “wipeout!”. kids love it!
 

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I was 19 in 1967 and setting up to play a high school dance with my band, which was pretty hot in New Orleans those days. I had a double bass set of white satin flame Gretsch, and was talking to two male students as I set up.

Student: Do you play Wipeout?
Me: No. We don't know the words.
Student (derisively): I bet you can't play it at all.
Me: Hell, I can play Wipeout with my feet.
Student: Do it.
At that point I gave him about 8 bars of the solo on bass drums, and when I finished he and his buddy walked away.

A few weeks later I was at my day job, selling drums at Tippit's Music, when a woman came in with her high school aged son and son's buddy. They were shopping for drums, and Mom was trying to shop carefully. I showed them all the brands we sold, explaining each one's good points.

Mom: What kind of drums do you recommend?
Me: I play Gretsch drums, and recommend them highly.
Mom: Do you play in a band? What's its name?
Me: Yes, ma'am. Yesterdays' Children.
Son (whispering to buddy): That's the guy who plays Wipeout with his feet!

A legend in my own time!
 

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Our high school ( early 60's ) had talent night competitions; called them Hootenanny's in those days. I was unable to compete because I was considered a professional getting paid for gigs during my senior year. At the end my four piece band would set up behind the curtain while the judges were deciding on the winners. Then I would start out playing Wipe-Out and the crowd would go wild yelling WIPE-OUT then they would open the curtains and almost all of the kids were standing and dancing.

Talk about a rush: Here I am a teenage brat playing that song and everyone going wild. LOL!!

sherm
 

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I heard the Surfari's version tonite - I have the count right - 1,2,3,4...1..2..3. However, I don't play the fill during the verse, just the ride pattern so the kids can play the song and they only do the melody 3X. It is a kid's guitar group, and not a drummer's showcase....my intro to the song is like 0:08:

 

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I was 19 in 1967 and setting up to play a high school dance with my band, which was pretty hot in New Orleans those days. I had a double bass set of white satin flame Gretsch, and was talking to two male students as I set up.

Student: Do you play Wipeout?
Me: No. We don't know the words.
Student (derisively): I bet you can't play it at all.
Me: Hell, I can play Wipeout with my feet.
Student: Do it.
At that point I gave him about 8 bars of the solo on bass drums, and when I finished he and his buddy walked away.

A few weeks later I was at my day job, selling drums at Tippit's Music, when a woman came in with her high school aged son and son's buddy. They were shopping for drums, and Mom was trying to shop carefully. I showed them all the brands we sold, explaining each one's good points.

Mom: What kind of drums do you recommend?
Me: I play Gretsch drums, and recommend them highly.
Mom: Do you play in a band? What's its name?
Me: Yes, ma'am. Yesterdays' Children.
Son (whispering to buddy): That's the guy who plays Wipeout with his feet!

A legend in my own time!

LOL!! Paul, I liked your story the best. Your the winner!!

sherm
 

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