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.’