Formed as a surf rock tribute band, the Mermen
eventually developed an identity of their own.
The decision to provide aid to the refugees coincided with a State Department diplomatic move to be led by Mermen
Williams in Tunis in the attempt to persuade the Algerian leaders to compromise on the question of the future of the colons in order to thaw the two sides and bring them back to the negotiating table.
The Merman's Children (1979), for example, portrays the plight of a surviving species of mermen
within human society, a theme found in medieval Danish balladry.
Present signed talent on the diverse label includes Grammy-winning guitarist, vocalist and Urban/Jazz songwriter Tony Maiden, King Sunny Ade, who has thrilled worldwide audiences for more than three decades with his cross-cultural African sounds and World Music, and Psychedelic Surf Trio - The Mermen
, five-time Bammy (Bay Area Music Awards) winners.
The 82 tracks here span 35 years, covering the earliest surf tunes by the Chantays and the Surfaris right up to today's forward-thinking young surf-influenced outfits like the Bay Area's Mermen