What they are: Grunion are small sardine-shaped silvery fish that ride
the waves in Del Mar City Beach, La Jolla Shores, Mission Beach and
Silver Strand Beach up onto the sand to procreate, making for a
veritable sea of squirming 4-8 inch fish out of water.
The deal is: The female grunion buries herself in the sand to lay her
eggs and the male wraps himself around her to fertilize them -- a female's
eggs might be fertilized by up to eight males in one night. Then they wait
for a wave to take them back out to sea.
From: Mike & Beth Bitts (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A couple of years ago I was browsing thru the Jonathon Richman section at a
Tower store, and I swear I saw a track on an album titled 'Grunion Run'.
Does anyone know if it's a cover of Zappa's tune, or what??
From: Patrick Neve (email@example.com)
I've seen that too. It's on an album called "I, Jonathan."
Amazon.com has a realaudio sample of it and although it, too is a surf
instrumental I think they are different songs. Richman's song has the
classic tribal surf drumbeat and just two major chords a step away.. like
F to G and back again. Frank's tune is a I-IV-V with a shuffle drumbeat.
I was thinking that maybe there was an unconcscious link, like Jonathan
had heard the FZ single at one time and the title had unconciously
resurfaced, but after a cursory web search it seems like it's not such an
unlikely concept. For instance: "Grunion are small sardine-shaped silvery
fish that ride the waves in Del Mar City Beach,..." etc. Well there's the
surf connection. There must be more mentions of grunion runs in surf
mythology. I found an album called "Chumming" by a fishy group called the
Halibuts, and they too have a surf instrumental called "Grunion Run". You
can hear a RealAudio sample of this at:
While this sounds like a different song than the other two Grunion Runs,
it sounds closer in form to Zappa's than Richmans, and the melody could be
percieved as a mutated form of Frank's guitar line.. I dunno about this
one, you be the judge. I find it hard to believe that there are three
different and unrelated surf instrumentals all called Grunion Run but
right now I can't find anything in the surfing lexicon or mythology to