Surfing with the Alien (instrumental)

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"Surfing with the Alien"
Song by Joe Satriani from the album Surfing with the Alien
Released 1987
Recorded 1986
Genre Instrumental rock
Length 4:25
Label Relativity
Writer Joe Satriani
Producer Joe Satriani, John Cuniberti

"Surfing with the Alien" is the title track from Surfing with the Alien, the second studio album by guitarist Joe Satriani, released in 1987 through Relativity Records.

The song refers to the comic book character, Silver Surfer. The song was considered the 30th greatest guitar solo ever by readers of Guitar World magazine, and is one of Satriani's most prominent shred-style tracks. It is included as downloadable content in the "Guitar Virtuoso Track Pack" for the 2007 music video game, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, and a downloadable single for the Rock Band game series.

Satriani made the melody one morning he went to record. He plugged a wah-wah pedal and a Tubedriver into his 100-watt Marshall and he decided to use an Eventide 949s. Then they recorded the song and the solo in about half hour. But the Eventide broke down and they couldn't recreate the original effect. They decided to leave the original version and make another one.[1]


Year Chart Position
1988 Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 37[citation needed]


  1. ^ Guitar World Staff (2008-10-28). "100 Greatest Guitar Solos: 30) "Surfing with the Alien" (Joe Satriani)". Guitar World. NewBay Media. Retrieved 2012-07-01.