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In this episode, Derik Hyatt chats with Mark Sanders, otherwise known as Mark Malibu of Mark Malibu & The Wasagas (@wasagas_surf). Catching their 2nd wave, the Wasagas (www.thewasagas.com) are Canada's original Surf Punk Instrumentalists existing from 1979-1982. They were groovy teenagers living far from the west coast. They played with many new-wave and punk bands confusing audiences everywhere.
It was not easy playing surf instrumental music when clubs wanted Black Sabbath, Black Flag or...any other band wearing black clothes with vocals. They did, however, manage to align with some other young bands around town and play the usual Toronto dives like the Turning Point, Larry's Hideaway, Cabana Room to name a few. They also managed to record 7 original songs which appeared on several Post Punk compilations distributed around the world.
Back with a vengeance as they reunited in 2014 for several shows with all original members. That’s 32 years later! The future promises to be interesting for these retro-fitted Wasagas. They signed with UK’s Sharawaji Records and released three full length LPs "Return of the Wasagas" and "Crash Monster Beach" which entered the international surf charts at #1 and remained there for 6 weeks...and now "Dance Party a' Go Go" which has also reached #1 in the charts. Now a staple on the Canadian Rockabilly/Surf scene, there are many live shows coming to your town... Surfs Up again!
This episode was recorded on March 2, 2021 and may contain coarse language that could be deemed offensive. Listener discretion is advised.
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A SPECIAL MAHALO TO
We acknowledge that this podcast is recorded on the unceded, ancestral and occupied traditional territory of the Haudensaunee (Iroquois), and the Anishinabek; including Ojibway (Ojibwe) First Nations: Chippewas of Nawash and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation forming the Chippewas of Saugeen Ojibway Territory who we recognize as the traditional keepers of this land. As we live, work, surf and play, we say Mahalo to the Métis, Inuit and Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island and from around the world, who have stewarded these lands and sacred surf spots for thousands of years.
Mark Malibu & The Wasagas for providing our intro music “Hey Chiwawa” off their 2009 album Crash Monster Beach and our outro music “End of Summer” off their 2017 album Return of the Wasagas. For more information, visit www.wasagas.com and listen to them on Spotify or iTunes.
Mahalo to The Planet Smashers and Stomp Records for allowing us to play “Surfin’ In Tofino” off their 1999 album Life of the Party. Visit them at www.planetsmashers.ca and listen to them on Spotify or iTunes.
Damajuana reggae uploaded by detroitbase on 2019-08-30 to https://archive.org/details/reggae_201908. Public License available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/legalcode. (Original length = 2:30.)
Ukelele Parade by Fernando Oyaguez Reyes published May 22, 2014 and uploaded to https://archive.org/details/UkeleleParade. Public License available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/legalcode. (Original length = 2:44. Modified to 1:00.)