Merrell Fankhauser joins us for a journey through the California Surf Rock scene,tales of the music scene in the 60s and 70s, and his discoveries about the ancient civilization of MU on the the island of Maui; his own UFO siting and the sounds from the Malibu undersea ET dome.
Merrell formed the band, The Impacts, and in 1961 1960s, wrote and recorded the original version of the classic surf guitar anthem, “Wipe Out” (later a national hit for The Surfaris. Fankhauser regained his publishing rights for the song in 1994.
He also wrote and recorded the Grammy-nominated 1967, “Tomorrow’s Girl” with his band Merrell and The Exiles, it was later released on his album “Fapardokly”. He has played with Ed Cassidy and Randy California of the band, Spirit; John Cippolina of Quicksilver Messenger Service, and keyboardist, Nicky Hopkins (Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Jefferson Airplane, and Quicksilver, to name just a few); as well as John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean; he was friends with the late singer-songwriter, Harry Nillson, through whom he met Beatle John Lennon.
His interests in the esoteric and paranormal range from UFOs to discoveries he made of ancient megalith and runes on the island of Maui in the early 1970s. He has studied meditation and mystical spiritual subjects, explored the world of psychedelics, and recorded spiritually oriented songs since the 1960s.
His current album, “Signals From Malibu” /”Messages From The Dome” features tones recorded from the undersea “Malibu Dome”, sent to him by The New York Center For Extraterrestrial Research. The result is what may be called a collaboration between Fankhauser and the ET inhabitants of the Dome, as heard in the instrumental song, “Messages From The Dome”, which we debut on this show. He is also the host of the TV show, “Tiki Lounge” which airs on central coast stations in California.
Huffington Post article, Malibu Dome:
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