The surf music craze migrated to Australia in the early 1960s, with the homegrown surf band The Atlantics topping the Australian chart with Bombora in 1963. (For details on The Atlantics, see this earlier post.)
With the success of the single an album was inevitable. The LP was titled after the hit and was a mixture of originals, a couple of cover tunes and several adaptations of folk and classical themes. The Gremlin King was a surfing take on In the Hall of the Mountain King, an orchestral theme composed by Edvard Grieg in 1867 for Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt.
The MP3 is taken from a copy of the original vinyl LP.
The Gremlin King
Much of the music on the Bombora LP is available on CD and as downloads. Read the earlier post for details.
The No. 1 hit Bombora wasn't the first single released by the Atlantics. Issued earlier in '63 was Moon Man, an original by group member Peter Hood.