The Centurions (band)
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 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 another artist's(Bruce Johnston) 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)
- Jeff Lear (bass)
- 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)
- "Surf Music and Seventies Soul: The Songs of 'Pulp Fiction'". Rolling Stone magazine. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
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