Even as the Beach Boys attempted to deal with their creative malaise and Brian Wilson's disengagement from recording, fate had an ironic masterstroke in store for the band. The Southern California beach paradise of a decade previous must have seemed a carefree nirvana after the upheavals of the later '60s and '70s, and fuel-injected by the success of George Lucas's American Graffiti, Capitol repackaged the best of the Beach Boys' pre-Pet Sounds oeuvre in an anthology that touched on this yearning for a simpler time and a more innocent collective soul (whether fact or nostalgia-hazed fable is another question). Aside from sociological explanations, what made this collection so resonant as to go to number one on the album charts in 1974, even as punk was readying its assaults on rock's dinosaurs, is the sheer quality of the music presented, its sunny optimism and yearning underscored by harmonies that invite the listener to find their own place in the sing-a-long, our universal dreams and desires made into the wish fulfillment of song.
By Lenny Kaye on 05.16.11 in Icons
This year, the Beach Boys celebrate their half century — silver surfers all. Theirs is a family saga that, in the midst of unrivaled siblings and a belief in the transcendental meditation that is music, captures a moment...
By Marc Hogan on 02.26.15 in News
Surf's up for a new biopic about the Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson. Love & Mercy, starring Paul Dano and John Cusack as Wilson at two different ages, screened at the Toronto International Film Festival this past fal...
By Glenn Kenny on 12.12.14 in Features
The prolific director discusses seminal music moments in his films and the art of selecting the right song.
By Lindsay Hood on 11.20.14 in News
Greetings! Top of the Morning is your daily AM news round-up. We paid attention overnight and gathered relevant tidbits to share over that first cup of coffee. On a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, it seem...