Banzai Pipeline

Written by Henry Mancini

Don: That was a song done by the Astronauts.  I don’t think any of them had ever even seen a beach, but they loved surf music.  When we did cover tunes, we’d try to pick ones that were a little off-beat.  If we’d covered [the Chantays’] “Pipeline,” that would’ve been too predictable, so we did “Banzai Pipeline” instead.

Here the Raybeats are performing “Banzai Pipeline” live on January 23, 1984, at the I-Beam in San Francisco. David Hofstra is on bass.


And here’s the LP version:

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