The Centurions were a surf rock band from Newport Beach, California, active in the late 1950s and early 1960s. In recent times, they are best known for their recording "Bullwinkle Part II", a dark and saxy surf tune from their eponymous album. This tune was featured in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction". Recently, this song has been used in episode 5x12 of the TV show How I Met Your Mother entitled "Girls Versus Suits". Less well known is their song "Intoxica," a twangy and upbeat surf instrumental, used in John Waters' 1972 film "Pink Flamingos".
When they released their album on Del-Fi records in 1964, its cover was identical (as well as catalog number) to another artist's(Bruce Johnston) release, hence the title "Surfers Pajama Party" - which was not the name The Centurions had in mind. Their name was changed from The Centurions to The Centurians sometime after 1967 due to legal reasons.
- Jerry Dicks (keyboard)
- Joe Dominic (drums)
- Ernie Furrow (guitar and bass)
- Pat Gagnebin (sax and harmonica)
- Jeff Lear (bass)
- Ken Robison (sax, flute and clarinet)
- Dennis Rose (guitar and bass)
The song "Bullwinkle Part II" was covered by Elliot Easton's Tiki Gods on the album "Delfonic Sounds Today!" (1999).
- Bullwinkle Part II (originally released in 1964, re-released 40 years later)