Superior, WI (Northland's NewsCetner) - The North Coast surf sound of the sixties swept out of the Vinyl Cave Record Store in Superior on Saturday as three local legends of the genre got together to jam and reminisce.
Serenading the crowd on acoustic guitar was Rick Colborn of the Duluth based Titans.
On one Fender was Bill Bulinski of Ely's Electras.
On another Fender was Tony Andreason of the Twin Cities' Trashmen.
Colborn's band was huge in the Northland and Canada.
The Electras had a hit called "Dirty Old Man" before the Vietnam War broke up the band.
"Whether they remember the name Electras or not, they remember duh, duh, duh, duh, you know what I mean," said The Rayman from KOOL 101.7.
The Trashmen's international hit, "Surfin' Bird" still turns up at every Saint Cloud State hockey game and in films like Full Metal Jacket.
Back in their heyday, all three bands respected each other.
"We knew about the Electras and we knew about the Titans. They were exceptional bands," said Tony Andreason with The Trashmen.
Bill Bulinski repaid that compliment 47 years ago.
"We got a whole car load of guys to drive down from Ely to Grand Rapids in February 1964 to see the Trashmen play at the Armory," said Bill Bulinski with The Electras.
This reunion in Superior gave the rockers a chance to remember favorite gigs.
Rick Colborn remembered going up against the Who in a Canadian Battle of the Bands.
"Townshend was very rude to me and so was Keith Moon but Roger Daltry and the bassist were great guys," said Rick Colborn with The Titans.
But, time eventually takes away even great guys.
Colborn sang a song about a fellow musician he and Andreason knew that fell long ago to a drug overdose.
"Now that he's written all his songs, now that he sang his voice away," said Colborn.
The Electras suffered a similar loss this July when member Gary Omerza passed away from natural causes.
Bulinski says that ends any future reunions.
"I don't think I'm going to do anything with that band without him," said Bulinski.
The Trashmen have also known personal tragedy.
Their founding drummer died of cancer in 1989.
The three men from three different bands still play when they can but urge today's garage and basement rockers to keep the beat for them in today's music scene, no matter the style.
"I think Rick would say the same thing; do your thing, do what you want to do, play your music and practice, practice, practice," said Andreason.
Also at the Vinyl Cave party was Minnesota Mike Chase who is an expert on collectible records.
He says if you have any 45's or albums of the Electras, Titans and Trashmen, they are worth some good money.
Also hard to find are discs by Sandstone's 60's band, the KanDells.