King Records, as noted in last year’s piece about The Impacs, was not known for its twangin’ surf sounds. “Seat Belts Please” by The Exports, intriguingly, would straddle the same line between garage and surf as The Impacs and include a secondary riff [beginning at the 0:34 mark] that would sound right at home on a Los Straitjackets album:
“Seat Belts Please” The Exports 1964
This instrumental B-side would serve in a supporting role for the first of two 45s released on King by The Exports. Note the hilariously slower playback speed of this other version of “Seat Belts Please” uploaded onto YouTube. Or, try a third version that’s closer in pitch to the first one but still noticeably slower.
Ruppli’s King Labels discography informs me that Syd Nathan leased the two sides of this first Exports 45, which doesn’t surprise me, since this twangin’ surf sound is out of character for King.
Hang Twelve! This is the 12th piece tagged as Surf