I like to just call it Dick Dale music because it's a feeling that I project no matter what I play, even if I play a love song. I've learned all styles of music — spiritual, country, Hank Williams stuff, jazz, Dixieland. Music is just an expression of feeling that comes out of your body. And that's basically it.

Besides surf music, you're also famous for destroying guitars and blowing up speakers.

Yeah, I'm noted for banging on that Stratocaster with the biggest strings. They call them telephone wires.

Dick Dale is a speaker-shredding force of nature.
Dick Dale is a speaker-shredding force of nature.

When I met Leo Fender and he created the Stratocaster guitar, he wanted me to pioneer it, proof it, and help take all the bugs out of it. Everything that came out of Leo Fender's head, I was his test pilot. He used to say, "When it can withstand the barrage of punishment from Dick Dale, then it is fit for human consumption."

So I blew up over 50 amplifiers. And that's why they also call me the Father of Heavy Metal. Because I use 60-gauge strings and I make people's ears bleed.

You know, it's power! Power and rhythm! That's how I play.

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