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.