The Finding Aid of the Malibooz Collection 0027

Katie Richardson and Catie Golitzin
The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
April 2012
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA, 90263-4786

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
Title: The Malibooz Collection
Identifier/Call Number: 0027
Physical Description: 0.42 Linear Feet (1 box)
Date (inclusive): 1981-2010
Abstract: The Malibooz is a band that specializes in surf-style music. The collection includes records and CDs of the group's music, a DVD featuring the group playing, and memorabilia such as guitar picks and a hat.
Physical Location: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.

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Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], The Malibooz collection, Collection no. 0027, The Malibu Historical Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was given to Pepperdine University by John Zambetti on June 30, 2010.

Historical note

The Malibooz is a band that specializes in surf-style music. The group has been playing together on and off since 1964 and the band's longest members are guitarists/singers John Zambetti and Walter Egan. In 1964, the group released their first EP and their first single, Goin' to Malibu, received favorable reviews. This led to an appearance at the New York State World's Fair in 1965.
Soon thereafter, Zambetti and Egan left for college at Georgetown University and it wasn't long before they met drummer Tom Scarp, singer Annie McLoone, and several other musicians. The students formed a band called Sageworth, and by 1970, the band was opening for such acts as the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. Although Sageworth was pursued by several labels, no deal was ever reached and the band went their separate ways after graduation. By 1976, both Egan and Zambetti had moved to California.
The Malobooz recorded their first full LP in 1981, when Rhino Records signed the Malibooz for an album, Malibooz Rule! that they recorded their first full LP. The single Hot Summer Nights appeared in the movie California Girls. The music video for the single was one of the first videos aired on MTV. The Malibooz followed the album with a string of singles and concerts throughout 1984.
In 1992, the Malibooz recorded their second album, A Malibu Kind of Christmas, for Iloki Records. Three songs from the album were part of the soundtrack for the 1996 movie Theodore Rex. Later that year, Rhino Records released the surf music box set Cowabunga Surf!, which included the Malibooz single Goin' To Malibu. The song's resurgence led to it being selected by MTV to serve as the theme song for MTV's Malibu Beach House Beach Party.
In 1997, three Malibooz songs appeared in the film An Alan Smithee Film, Burn, Hollywood, Burn, starring Sylvester Stallone, Whoopi Goldberg, Jackie Chan and Eric Idle. The 1998 film Plump Fiction included the Malibooz' song Fluorescent Hearse.
In 1999, the Malibooz released their third album, Living Water (The Surfer's Mass), which was named one of the top five albums of the year by CD Magazine. In 2002, the band released Beach Access. The song The Call of the Wave was included on the soundtrack for the movie Step Into Liquid and was nominated in the category Best Song From A Motion Picture at the 2004 Grammys.
In late 2003, the Malibooz filmed Celebrations: A Malibu Christmas, hosted by Carmen Electra. The DVD features thirteen songs and five on-screen performances by the Malibooz. The special aired in December 2005.
In 2004, the Malibooz released The WRVR Sessions '65, a three-song CD of the band's first recording session in 1965. That same year, the band appeared on BBC Radio for a live interview and concert, and played at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.
Six Malibooz songs were included in the 2006 feature film The Surfer King. The songs include Crest, Then Broken, Caught A Wave, Face-Off at Point Dume, Firestorm at Surfrider, Shredder, and Bel Mar Bolero.
In 2010, the band released its first new album in eight years, Queen's English, which is a tribute to 1960s British Invasion style music and features several guest artists.

Scope and Content

The collection includes CDs, records, a DVD, a hat, and several guitar picks belonging to the musical group the Malibooz.


The collection is organized into the following series: 1. CDs; 2. DVD; 3. Records; and 4. Memorabilia

Processing Information note

The collection was arranged and described by Katie Richardson and Catie Golitzin in April 2012.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Bands (Music) -- United States -- History
Guitar picks
Compact discs
Long-playing records
Malibooz (Musical group) -- Archives
Egan, Walter
Zambetti, John


Series 1: CDs

box 1

Malibooz Rule! 1998

Scope and Content

Songs on the CD:
1. Sweet Surf Music
2. (I Won't Be) Too Young
3. The Surfin' Ghost
4. Gonna Hustle You
5. World's Fair Interview
6. Goin' to Malibu
7. The Lonely Surfer
8. Honeydew (We Cantaloupe)
9. The Sun Don't Have To Shine
10. Summertime News
11. 308
12. The Fluorescent Hearse
13. Hot Summer Nights '81
(Bonus Tracks)
14. Santa's Gone Surfin'
15. Surf Beat
16. Surfin' & Drivin' (Are the Only 2 Things I Know)
17. My Baby Came Back on the Last Wave Today
18. Tower 9 (longboard version)
19. Firestorm at Surfrider (longboard version)
20. Tower 9 (shortboard version)
21. Firestorm at Surfrider (shortboard version)
22. Bikini Beach Party Tonight
box 1

Living Water (The Surfer's Mass) 1999

Scope and Content

Songs on the CD:
1. Benedicite
2. Kyrie
3. Gloria
4. Bitter Water
5. Alleluia
6. Crest, Then Broken
7. Holy, Holy
8. Doxology / Amen
9. Lamb of God
10. Summer Wind
11. Caught a Wave
12. Benedicite Reprise
box 1

Malibooz Yule!

Scope and Content

Songs on the CD:
1. Santa Drives a Super Stock Dodge
2. Little Surfin' Drummer Boy
3. And a Happy New Year
4. It's Just Not Christmas
5. Santa Man
6. Malibu Kind of Christmas
7. A Quiet Little Christmas
8. When Santa Comes to Santa Cruz
9. Carol of the Swells
10. Christmastide
11. Rudy
12. Our Christmas Wish for You
13. Seashells and Coral
14. Christmas Wrap
box 1

The WRVR Sessions '65 2004

Scope and Content

Songs on the CD:
1. Goin' To Malibu
2. Nadine
3. Miserlou
box 1

Beach Access 2002

Scope and Content

Songs on the CD:
1. My Beloved Malibu
2. California Days
3. Shredder
4. The Call of the Wave
5. Keep The Word Movin'
6. Our Summer Love
7. Faceoff At Point Dume
8. Summer Is Over
9. Windansea
10. Bel Mar Bolero
11. Little XKR
12. Surfer's Tears
13. Glassoff
box 1

Step into Liquid 2004

Physical Description: (2 copies)

Scope and Content

Songs on the CD:
1. Dana Brown
2. Original Score Step Into Liquid
3. Wayne Patrick Murphy
4. Jeremy Kay Only One
5. Robert August
6. Butthole Surfers Dracula From Houston
7. Gerry Lopez
8. Original Score Endlessly
9. Dave Kalama
10. Brian Setzer (The Legend of) Johnny Kool
11. Rochelle Ballard
12. Steve Stevens Cinecitta
13. Rabbit Kekai
14. Vast Candle
15. Gerry Lopez
16. Vast Touched
17. Sam George
18. Slightly Stoopid (featuring G.Love) Mellow Mood
19. Stoked Irish Kid
20. Original Score Irish Waves
21. Kelly Slater
22. Malibooz Call of the Wave
23. Gerry Lopez
24. Jackpot Windshield Wipers
25. Layne Beachley
26. Jeremy Kay Back To You
27. Dave Kalama
28. Pato Banton Life is a Miracle
29. Wade Brown Easy Feeling
box 1

Queen's English 2010

Scope and Content

Songs on the CD:
1. Hey Love
2. London Underground
3. Just A Little Bit
4. A Bit of Awright
5. Factory Girl
6. Free
7. Bitter Grey
8. Do
9. Dit Dididit
10. Good Tonight
11. She Comes Around
12. Diamond Ring
13. So Bad
14. Venture Into The Shadows

Series 2: DVD

box 1

Celebrations: A Malibu Christmas! Hosted by Carmen Electra 2003


Series 3: Records

box 1

Santa's Gone Surfin' Side A The Jingle Stroll Side B 1981

box 1

I Won't Be Too Young Side A Surfin' and Drivin' Side B 1981

box 1

Little Surfin' Drummer Boy Side A Malibu Kind Of Christmas Side B 1984

box 1

Hot Summer Nights Side Side A Surf Beat '81 Side B 1981

box 1

Christmas Rock 1982

Scope and Content

Songs on the Record:
Side A
1. The Dragons -- Silent Night
2. Johnny Cue -- Rockabilly Christmas
Side B
1. The Ravers -- Punk Rock Christmas
2. The Malibooz -- Santa's Gone Surfin'
box 1

Malibooz Rule! 1981

Scope and Content

Songs on the Record:
Side 1
1. Sweet Surf Music
2. (I Won't Be) Too Young
3. The Surfin' Ghost
4. Gonna Hustle You
5. World's Fair Interview 1965
6. Goin' to Malibu
7. The Lonely Surfer
Side 2
1. Honeydew (We Cantaloupe)
2. The Sun Don't Have To Shine
3. Summertime News
4. 308
5. The Fluorescent Hearse
6. Hot Summer Nights '81

Series 4: Memorabilia

box 1

Guitar picks

Physical Description: (3)
box 1

Malibooz hat