Burning up the quarter mile…
Today, Dean Torrence discusses 1963’s Drag City LP.
David Beard: Then, you went after the car racing circuit with Drag Cityin 1963, arguably the best J&D album. You and Jan both surfed… Did you both know how to work on car engines?
Dean: We were bigger motor heads than we were surfers although the beach lifestyle that we certainly partook in… Sometimes on a daily basis. Not necessarily with a surfboard because the beach that our group liked going to [Will Rogers State Beach] wasn’t really a surfing beach. To go surfing you had to actually go to somebody else’s turf. Surfing was kind of fun, then to not be around our group of friends, where we could body surf or play volleyball… Volleyball was what we enjoyed most of all besides girl watching. Every beach had a different group of people that would consistently show up there. That usually had to do with schools. The Uni High beach was State Beach… Malibu was good 20-25 minutes North of us just to go surfing, and we didn’t know anybody.
Jan & Dean’s original 15-album Liberty catalog, 1962-1966, has been reissued by Capitol Records for the digital market with extensive liner notes by historian Mark A. Moore.
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