Challengers is the fourth studio album by Canadian indie rock band The New Pornographers, released on August 21, 2007. The track listing for the album was revealed June 1, 2007.
Yes I know it was late We were greeting the sun, before long And you live with someone I live with somebody too, leave it there. For safe keeping Wander the West Village in flames That was the custom come dawn. On the water today In the shade of the sun we wrote down Another vision of us We were the challengers of the unknown. Be safe", you say Whatever the mess you are, you're mine, okay If that is the custom, I'm down.
Before You (7", Single). Before You" had a classic '60s feel to it. I got my promo copy in my DJ days and play it on a regular basis. It was well produced, well orchestrated and the lyrics made sense. I also confess that the Challengers bass player Randy Nauert was a good friend back in the day. This a solid recording that should have been a chart hit!!!
The year before The Bel-Airs breakup, Richard Delvy left The Bel-Airs to form a new band called The Challengers. The only band member he brought from The Bel-Airs was keyboardist Jim Roberts. Delvy then recruited Randy Nauert (bass guitar), Glenn Grey (lead guitar), Don Landis (rhythm guitar) and Nick Hefner (saxophone). They played at many high schools and many local dances and clubs. They eventually earned enough money to rent a recording studio "World Pacific" to start recording. The original group released a second album titled "Lloyd Thaxton Goes Surfing With The Challengers" with the benefit of being associated with the popular teen television show host. The Challengers moved on and continued to record albums. During the recording of their third album "On The Move", Hefner, Grey, Roberts and Landis all left the band. Richard Delvy and Randy Nauert remained.
The Challengers was an instrumental surf rock band started in late 1962. They were located in Los Angeles. They represented a growing love for surf music and helped make the genre popular . Some months before The Challenger's "Surfbeat" release, surf music icon Dick Dale's first album "Surfers Choice" was released. Surfbeat" contained songs that were early influences on surf rock, including songs first recorded by The Fireballs and Duane Eddy. Art Fisher and Ed Fournier filled two guitar spots and Phil Pruden came in on saxophone. Their debut album "Surfbeat" was the biggest selling surf album of all time and helped bring surf music from California to the rest of the world. The band was formed out of the pioneer surf band called The Bel-Airs. The Bel-Airs were still in high school at the time, but scored a hit with an instrumental song titled "Mr. Moto.
One of the most popular of the early Southern Californian surf bands, the Challengers were formed by drummer Richard Delvy after he left the Bel-Airs, who had recorded one of the very first surf singles. ead Full Biography.
On this album, the Challengers emulated the sound of the Shadows, who were the most popular rock group in England in the pre-Beatles era. The Shadows were an instrumental group that was huge in the UK, but totally unknown in the US. The Challengers sound a lot like the Shadows here, and in fact, four of the songs here were hits for the Shadows in the UK. Truth to tell, this album doesn't sound much like a surf album. The Challengers are one of the finest instrumental surf bands ever, but this album lacks their magic touch. Aside from the slick cover of "Hava Nagila" and "Apache," the cd has tepid takes of songs like "On Broadway. Only for the most hardcore Challengers fans. If you want a good dose of this great group, I recommend "Killer Surf," their "Best Of" collection.
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