The Beach Boys: Expanding the Sound
Episode date - October 26, 2007
Our third installment on the Beach Boys captures Brian Wilson, the band’s main songwriter and producer, walking the fine line between what he wanted, and what was expected of him; between assured commercial success and artistry; between straightforward pop music and the new sounds he started to hear in his head; between pleasing his bandmembers and pleasing himself.
In 1965, the music scene was changing rapidly. Brian was aware that the band’s imminent obsolescence was a distinct possibility of he didn’t show evidence of growth, but the band felt that their formula was a surefire success that shouldn’t be messed with. Unfortunately for Brian, all of the immediate evidence indicated that the band was probably right. Time has proven otherwise, but it must have been hell for him to feel such a strong urge to create something special while meeting resistance on all fronts.
This show represents the era immediately before Brian set to work on his magnum opus, “Pet Sounds.” Here’s a list of recordings featured;
1) When I Grow Up to Be a Man
2) She Knows Me Too Well
3) Little Old Lady from Pasadena (live)
4) Dance, Dance, Dance
5) Do You Wanna Dance?
6) Please Let Me Wonder
7) Don’t Hurt My Little Sister
8) Help Me, Rhonda
9) California Girls
10) Let Him Run Wild
11) You’re So Good to Me
12) The Little Girl I Once Knew
13) Alley Oop
14) Barbara Ann