162. Jan & Dean

The sixty ninth selection is a band synonymous with early 60’s surf music.  Jan & Dean was certainly a key part of that scene, though they always seemed to be in the shadow of the Beach Boys. To many, surf music was mostly fun, but lacking any real depth.  Granted, lyrics about surfing situations and partying on the beach was not going to make anyone contemplate the meaning of life.  What set Jan Berry and Dean Torrence was their rich harmonies and textured craftsmanship in which they delivered their music which was the result of being on a different production level than their contemporaries.  Their greatest musical rivals were also their close friends in the industry; The Beach Boys.   Jan & Dean influenced no less than the legendary Brian Wilson through their production values and the later Punk scene with their anti-establishment attitude.   Their music literally came to a screeching halt when Jan…
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