Naming themselves after Link Wray’s 1958 hit, Rumble, The Rumblers were a Californian surf outfit who emerged in 1963.
Although classified by many as a surf group, this was far from the truth! With Joe Houston’s ‘All Night Long’ as their theme song, they could easily be defined as a R&B band and were once described by their bass player Wayne Matteson as “a black group with white skin!”, who also declared how, “We did a lot of James Brown tunes … We dressed well, and we had all of our songs choreographed.”
Bugged was released on Dot Records in 1963 and featured as the b-side to their Angry Sea 45. It’s a superb track with fierce vocals and striking, sensational guitars! Guitars that pierce through a thick membrane of heavy bass and a storm of rumbling drums, whilst wrestling with a relentless saxophone beast as both counterparts slash up the track up with melodic fury..its electrifying! Check it out above.