Skip to comments.Beach Boys drop first new reunion song 'That's Why God Made The Radio'
Posted on 04/25/2012 3:24:00 PM PDT by JennysCool
Thats Why God Made the Radio certainly has everything a vintage Beach Boys tune needs: Breezy harmonies, references to cars, and an almost exhausting sense of sweetness.
There is something profoundly bizarre about the Beach Boys putting out new music in 2012, especially considering how many artists (especially in the indie world) have exploited the sound they helped invent. Their influence is everywhere, from Bon Ivers lovely layers to Katy Perrys beach-friendly youth anthems.
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Must be a libertarian.
The advertising is all over the local oldies station here calling it “THE BEST BEACH BOYS LINEUP IN 40 YEARS” and I think they are right. The BB are playing at the Injun casino in a few days. I hope the members that need a little retirement money do OK. Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and Brian Wilson, Mike Love and I suppose a supporting cast of young gun musicians helping them out... after all they are all collecting SS and medicare by now
“Don’t Worry Baby”
The little old lady from Pasadena must be pushing 100 today.
4 out of 6 original members, plus Bruce (since ‘66), not bad. They sound like a Vegas Beach Boys tribute band.
Frankly, it is just a terrible, terrible song. Extremely disappointed. Not anywhere near up to the Beach Boys’ standards. Just awful.
DO they really need money that badly?
They may be getting up there, but the review of their concert last night in Arizona said they performed 42 songs!
...That was Jan and Dean
This would make them the hardest working men in show business being that James Brown has passed on into the great beyond.
Right. But Rhonda now is the one who needs help.
One wonders if this awful song and its even worse recording were the basis for the compromise among the warring three principals.
My wife and I used to be close friends with Denis Wilson's ex (and mother of 2 of his sons). One time she brought me some tapes... she had been cleaning out old stuff at her house, and had these unpublished works by him. I had high hopes of discovering something new and really great... but they all turned out to be utter crap.
“Frankly, it is just a terrible, terrible song. Extremely disappointed. Not anywhere near up to the Beach Boys standards. Just awful.”
I’ve had a long standing admiration for Beach Boy music so it pains me to say this song is monotonous and lacks the creative energy the songs were so well known for.
It may not be “God Only Knows”, but it sure is better than crap like Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.
“Kokomo” sucked as well, but didn’t it win a Grammy? Brian can’t sing live, hasn’t been able to in decades. Years ago they played along the Lake Michigan shoreline, and Mike Love could be heard telling the sound man “turn Brian’s mike down!”
I happen to like “Kokomo”. It’s one of my favorites.
And the movie it came from, Cocktail, with TCruise and that Bryan Aussie guy was pretty good too. Kinda stupid but still very good
LOVE the Beach Boys, they still sound great, but the song itself is...kinda lame. IMHO
Oh well, glad they’re back. Brian Wilson is a genius.
The little old lady from Pasadena would be 112, if she was 65 in 1965.
She moved to Chicago, passed away in 1993, but still votes Democrat every two years....
It’s probably just me but I find that about 85% of Beach Boy songs are indistinguishable from each other. Good Vibrations and The Sloop John B are exceptions but much of the rest is all the same.
Going to see them on Saturday. Can’t wait. And I was born in 1982.
"Feel Flows" is different. More than a little psychedelic, but still my favorite Beach Boys song.
One of my more cherished pleasures is to play the Beach Boys songs at very loud volume while driving with my windows open in the pouring rain. People look at me like I am insane. I’ll say this much... Nobody wants to risk an accident with an insane guy driving with the windows down during a rainstorm and blaring “Catch a Wave” or “Surfing USA”.
I may be weird but I get some terrific looks of stupefaction. It just has to be sufficiently LOOOUUUD.
It’s the Sound of Freedom, for sure! Cruise on!
It is a small world.
Wish I was there. Instead I’ll be seeing some of the Louisiana talent when they pass through here.
Is this a song about the awesomeness of Rush Limbaugh?
She should ease up on the gas pedal while city driving.
Yet all it takes is one smash hit to make a career. We still have Bobby Boris Pickett touring the nation with "Monster Mash" and Terry Jacks continues to sing "Seasons In The Sun" at a nightclub near you.
Nobody’s singing baritone, I think that’s the problem.
Also, there’s no “wall of sound” like in the old days when Phil Spector was involved. Take away the vocals here and you’ll hear some pretty thin instrumentals producing no discernable melody.
I think even the keyboard makes itself known only in the first few opening bars. And if you’re going to have a saxophone, give it more of a role than it had in the “theme song” of “The People’s Court”.
We saw them last night.