The Fantastic Baggys

Barely Appreciated

The Fantastic Baggys  were an American surf and hot rod group, created by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri.  The studio group released several unsuccessful singles.  They released one album internationally, Tell ’Em I’m Surfin’ (1964) on Imperial Records, and several singles and albums only in South Africa.  (More from Wikipedia)

Later I picked up the Pebbles, Volume 4 LP (subtitled “Summer Means Fun”).  There are songs by Lloyd Thaxton, a piano-playing DJ from LA whose show ran on TV in the afternoon when I was growing up; two songs by the immortal Trashmen (the flip side to their big hit “Surfin’ Bird, “King of the Surf”, plus “New Generation” that features a hydrogen bomb blast); “Masked Grandma” by the California Suns, an answer song to the Jan & Dean hit “Little Old Lady from Pasadena”; “California Sun ’65” by the Rivieras (a remake by this Michigan surf band of their own well-known hit, “California Sun”); “Anywhere the Girls Are” by the Fantastic Baggys (composed of P. F. Sloan, author of “Eve of Destruction among many other songs, and Steve Barri); a version of “Hot Rod High” by the Knights; and a paean to the California capital city “Sacramento” by Gary Usher.  A bonus track is a radio jingle for Coca-Cola by Jan & Dean.  


(December 2014)


Last edited: March 22, 2021