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 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.’
It’s hard for us today to imagine just how popular The Beach Boys were, especially in their earliest days. Their unique blend of surf-type sounds and amazing vocals about fun, sun, girls, and cars made it feel like summer at the beach no matter where the listener was located, or the time of year.