‘Surfing With The Alien’ is the second studio album by American rock guitarist Joe Satriani.
The album was released on October 15, 1987, by Relativity Records, and is one of Satriani’s most successful to date and helped establish his reputation as a respected rock guitarist.
The album was recorded on a budget of $13,000. It contains fast and complex songs such as the title track and “Satch Boogie”, which helped to further popularize shred guitar during that time, in addition to the strange-sounding “Crushing Day” and “Lords of Karma”. By contrast slower, melodic songs such as “Always with Me, Always with You” and “Echo” provide a change of pace. “Midnight” utilizes the technique of two-handed tapping at high tempo, evoking a Spanish fingerstyle effect. There are also Nashville-tuned guitars (“Echo”) and key changes (“Always with Me, Always with You” and “Echo”) for variation. “Ice 9” references the fictional apocalyptic substance from Kurt Vonnegut’s 1963 novel Cat’s Cradle.