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 was featured in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction".[1] Recently, this song has been used in episode 5x12 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 John Waters' 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.

Members[edit]

  • 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)

Legacy[edit]

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

Discography[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Surf Music and Seventies Soul: The Songs of 'Pulp Fiction'". Rolling Stone magazine. Retrieved 7 July 2014.