The Centurions (band)

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This article is about the surf rock band. For the cartoon series, see The Centurions (TV series).

The Centurions were a surf rock band from Newport Beach, California, active in the late 1950s and early 1960s. In recent times, they are best known for their recording "Bullwinkle Part II", a dark and saxy surf tune from their eponymous album. This tune is featured in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction[1] and in an episode of the TV show How I Met Your Mother entitled "Girls Versus Suits". Less well known is their song "Intoxica," a twangy and upbeat surf instrumental, used in the 1972 film Pink Flamingos.

When they released their album on Del-Fi records in 1964, its cover was identical (as well as catalog number) to Bruce Johnston's release, hence the title "Surfers Pajama Party" – which was not the name The Centurions had in mind. Their name was changed from The Centurions to The Centurians sometime after 1967 due to legal reasons.


  • Jerry Dicks (keyboard)
  • Joe Dominic (drums)
  • Ernie Furrow (guitar and bass)
  • Pat Gagnebin (sax and harmonica)
  • Jeffrey Lear (bass)[2]
  • Ken Robison (sax, flute and clarinet)
  • Dennis Rose (guitar and bass)


The song "Bullwinkle Part II" was covered by Elliot Easton's Tiki Gods on the album "Delfonic Sounds Today!" (1999).


  • Bullwinkle Part II (originally released in 1962, re-released 40 years later)[1]


  1. ^ "Surf Music and Seventies Soul: The Songs of 'Pulp Fiction'". Rolling Stone magazine. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Tales of Balboa (March 2005 / Vol 7 No 3)". Retrieved 2015-05-30.