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Surf Bands

August 25, 1996

While I thoroughly enjoyed your coverage of the current surf music scene ("Riding a '60s Splashback," by Chuck Crisafulli, Aug. 18), I am surprised that you omitted Los Straitjackets. This quartet out of Nashville regularly headlines surf concerts here and at venues across the country. They even have a song doing well on adult-alternative radio stations called "Pacifica."

WOODY NUSS

Santa Monica

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Crisafulli excluded one of Los Angeles' most enduring surf bands, the Halibuts. It has been my good fortune to know and work with the group on "Chumming" and the just-released "Life on the Bottom," both on Upstart Records, home of Los Straitjackets and Laika & the Cosmonauts. I'm sure all the artists mentioned in the story would acknowledge the Halibuts' place among the best in the resurging surf music revival.

BOB BELAND

Marina del Rey

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