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The Bikini Beach Band


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The True Story of The Bikini Beach Band

begins with one man - Jesus C. Escovedo - guitarist, revolutionary, ladies’ man and 1956 All-Mexico Surfing Champion. Forced by his political beliefs to flee from his homeland, he escaped by stowing away on a cruise liner with only a guitar, a Hawaiian shirt and an autographed photo of Duane Eddy.

He landed in Southampton, convinced Britain would welcome his music with open arms. Sadly, this was not to be. His debut single, Gringo Woody Stomp (Mecca Recordings), was released on the same day as The Beatles’ She Loves You consigned the British instrumental scene to history. But Jesus was not downhearted. He changed his name and hairstyle and tried again.

The Termytes’ Mersey Tube Rider (Provincial) also failed. So he tried again, and failed. Tried again, failed; tried, failed and finally failed without actually trying.He died a bitter and broken man, in 1993.

But at his funeral, a strange thing happened. The only mourners were four young men who all arrived wearing black suits, black ties, sunglasses and fezzes. Because in all those years of touring Jesus’ good looks and charm had never deserted him, and a string of beautiful women had poured sour cream on the burning chilli of his soul.

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