Surf Culture - Woodie Wagon


For a while there in the mid-1960s, a powerful synergy existed between cars, surfing, and rock and roll. While “Mustang Sally” and “Little Deuce Coupe” were perhaps the consummate car songs — and “Surfin’ USA ” among the best surf tunes — nowhere were cars, surfing and music better meshed than in Jan & Dean’s 1963 chart-topping “Surf City.” First penned by Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, the original lyrics honored a ’33 panel truck, but Dean Torrence of Jan & Dean, a dedicated beach rat and car guy, knew surfers favored station wagons. So he rewrote the song’s opening line to read, “I bought a ’34 wagon and we call it a woodie.” After Wilson gave Jan & Dean rights to the song, the duo finished the new lyrics and recorded it, and the rest is history. Almost.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/Articles/2014/05/15/Surf-City-Here-We-Come