We at the Weekly we saddened last week to hear of the passing of guitarist Brian Carman of The Chantays at age 69. With surf music capturing some of the most innovative guitar playing of its era, Carman's work on the iconic single "Pipeline" remains one of the most instantly identifiable works in the genre. Formed in high school, The Chantays' work always carried that galvanizing youthful energy that not only made surf rock such a hyperkinetic movement of pre-British Invasion rock music, but perfectly preserved the group's style, immortalizing the pulse-pounding and irresistibly emotive elements of their music as they continued to play together through today. In honor, here are five essential recordings of "Pipeline" that further cement why it's such an iconic record.
The Chantays with Brian Carman (top middle)