161. The Ventures

The most popular pop instrumental band of all time. They hail from Olympia, Washington.

Wikipedia Entry for The Ventures

Diamond Head:

Very nice version of The House Of The Rising Sun:

They became very popular in Japan, and they continued to perform ever since. Here are a couple of more recent videos, one electric and one acoustic.

The Ventures have a few songs which stand out, like “Walk Don’t Run”, “Perfidia”, and “Hawaii Five-O”. My favorite happens to be “Yellow Jacket”. I tried to fill in their collection with a few lesser-known things I found interesting. Here’s the list:

Yellow Jacket, The Ventures ✭✭✭✭

Walk-Don’t Run, The Ventures ✭✭✭
Walk-Don’t Run ’64, The Ventures ✭✭✭
Perfidia, The Ventures ✭✭✭
Diamond Head, The Ventures ✭✭✭

Hawaii Five-O, The Ventures ✭✭
Driving Guitars (Ventures Twist), The Ventures ✭✭
Underground Fire, The Ventures ✭✭

Ram-Bunk-Shush, The Ventures
Fear (Main Title from ‘One Step Beyond’), The Ventures

2 thoughts on “161. The Ventures

  1. Cheryl January 16, 2010 / 9:39 PM

    I love reading your blog and the comments – it’s tough to decide which is better: the videos, the artist trivia or the song history. It’s obvious your blog is a work of passion and its beautiful!

  2. Cheryl January 16, 2010 / 9:56 PM

    The House of the Rising Sun was one of my favorite songs from my high school years. It was very Southern California and brings back memories of Manhattan Beach, sunny days, body surfing and baby oil induced suntans!

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