It’s a cold (well, 55 degrees; cold for August, would seem like the tropics in January) gray morning at the Brainstembob Bunker…BUT…still summer, folks. There’s no better way to warm up a cool rainy morning than The Beach Boys, so today features a whole heaping helping of Beach Boys classics. Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys have shown me over the years that, no matter what the weather’s like, and no matter what time of year it actually may be, the sunny summer is never far away as long as their music plays.
Continuing with the ‘From Michigan’ theme from yesterday, today’s song of summer is from Coopersville’s own Del Shannon, and his version of ‘Do You Wanna Dance.’
‘The Warmth of the Sun‘ is one of the purest examples of those beautiful Beach Boys harmonies, from the peak of their popularity in the mid-60’s. It’s also a pure classic Song of Summer.
When compiling lists of summer songs, one should never stray too far from Brian Wilson…it’s just common sense. ‘On the Island‘ is a track from his 2015 album No Pier Pressure, and it’s a breezy, easy-going little number featuring M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel, better known as She & Him. This song is about as close as you’re going to get on this list to a Jimmy Buffet song from a lyrical point of view. A song about a couple getting away to a tropical island. That’s it. No deep meanings here whatsoever.
When we last left The Beach Boys, they were hanging out with The Fat Boys and their 1987 novelty rap hit ‘Wipeout.’ And now it’s time to cleanse our Beach Boys palate with something a bit, um….better. Something like ‘Soulful Old Man Sunshine.’
How can one hit song featuring two groups be one of the high points of one group’s success, and the absolute creative low point for the other? Well, let me present Exhibit A: ‘Wipeout‘, a 1987 single by rap group The Fat Boys, featuring The Beach Boys.