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Options August 27, 2015: American Puberty: Beach Boys on the Treacherous Road to Manhood (1962-65)

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Artist Track Album Year Comments
  Intro        
The Beach Boys  Surfer Girl   Options Surfer Girl  1963  Lead Vocal: Brian Wilson 
 
Music behind DJ:
Jack Nitzsche 
The Lonely Surfer   Options The Lonely Surfer  1963   
The Beach Boys  County Fair   Options Surfin' Safari  1962  LV: Mike Love 
The Beach Boys  Ten Little Indians   Options Surfin' Safari    LV: Mike Love 
The Beach Boys  Little Girl (You're My Miss America)   Options Surfin' Safari    LV: Dennis Wilson written by Herb Alpert 
The Beach Boys  Cuckoo Clock   Options Surfin' Safari    LV: Brian Wilson 
The Beach Boys  Moon Dawg   Options Surfin' Safari     
The Beach Boys  Surfin' Safari   Options Surfin' Safari    LV: Mike Love 
The Beach Boys  409   Options Surfin' Safari    LV: Mike Love 
 
Music behind DJ:
Jack Nitzsche 
       
The Beach Boys  Farmer's Daughter   Options Surfin' USA  1963  LV: Brian Wilson 
The Beach Boys  The Lonely Sea   Options Surfin' USA    LV: Brian Wilson 
The Beach Boys  Noble Surfer   Options Surfin' USA    LV: Mike Love 
The Beach Boys  Let's Go Trippin'   Options Surfin' USA    by Dick Dale 
The Beach Boys  Surfer Moon   Options Surfer Girl  1963  LV: Brian Wilson 
The Beach Boys  In My Room   Options Surfer Girl    LV: Brian Wilson 
The Beach Boys  Surfer's Rule   Options Surfer Girl    LV: Dennis and Brian Wilson 
The Beach Boys  Your Summer Dream   Options Surfer Girl    LV: Brian Wilson 
Sharon Marie  Summertime   Options Pet Projects: the Brian Wilson Productions  1963   
The Beach Boys  Our Car Club   Options Little Deuce Coupe  1963  LV: Mike Love and Brian Wilson 
The Beach Boys  Ballad of Ole' Betsy   Options Little Deuce Coupe    LV: Brian Wilson 
The Beach Boys  Spirit of America   Options Little Deuce Coupe    LV: Brian Wilson 
The Beach Boys  A Young Man is Gone   Options Little Deuce Coupe    based on The 4 Freshmen's arrangement of "Their Hearts Were Full of Spring" (by Bobby Troup) with new lyrics by Mike Love 
The Beach Boys  Cassius Love Vs. Sonny Wilson   Options Shut Down Vol. 2  1964   
 
Music behind DJ:
The Beach Boys 
Stoked   Options Surfin' USA     
The Beach Boys  The Warmth of the Sun   Options Shut Down Vol. 2  1964  LV: Brian Wilson 
  Help me Rhonda Sessions       with Murry Wilson 
Murry Wilson  The Warmth of the Sun   Options The Many Moods of Murry Wilson  1967   
The Beach Boys  Don't Worry Baby   Options Shut Down Vol. 2    LV: Brian Wilson 
The Beach Boys  This Car of Mine   Options Shut Down Vol. 2    LV: Dennis Wilson 
The Beach Boys  Keep an Eye on Summer   Options Shut Down Vol. 2    LV: Brian Wilson and Mike Love 
 
Music behind DJ:
The Beach Boys 
Shut Down, Part 2   Options Shut Down Vol. 2     
The Beach Boys  I Get Around   Options All Summer Long  1964  LV: Brian Wilson and Mike Love 
The Beach Boys  All Summer Long   Options All Summer Long    LV: Mike Love 
The Beach Boys  We'll Run Away   Options All Summer Long    LV: Brian Wilson 
The Beach Boys  Girls on the Beach   Options All Summer Long    LV: Brian and Dennis Wilson 
The Survivors  After the Game   Options Pet Projects: the Brian Wilson Productions  1964  Brian & some friends 
The Beach Boys  When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)   Options The Beach Boys Today!  1965  LV: Mike Love and Brian Wilson 
The Beach Boys  Please Let Me Wonder   Options The Beach Boys Today!    LV: Brian Wilson and Mike Love 
The Beach Boys  In the Back of My Mind   Options The Beach Boys Today!    LV: Dennis Wilson 
The Beach Boys  Kiss Me, Baby   Options The Beach Boys Today!    LV: Brian Wilson and Mike Love 
 
Music behind DJ:
Jack Nitzsche 
Ebb Tide   Options The Lonely Surfer     
The Beach Boys  She Knows Me Too Well   Options The Beach Boys Today!  1965  LV: Brian Wilson 
The Beach Boys  Girl Don't Tell Me   Options Summer Days (and Summer Nights!)  1965  LV: Carl Wilson 
The Beach Boys  Let Him Run Wild   Options Summer Days (and Summer Nights!)    LV: Brian Wilson 
The Beach Boys  Amusement Parks U.S.A.   Options Summer Days (and Summer Nights!)    LV: Brian Wilson and Mike Love With Hal Blaine as the carnival barker 
The Beach Boys  Summer Means New Love   Options Summer Days (and Summer Nights!)     
The Beach Boys  I'm Bugged At My Old Man   Options Summer Days (and Summer Nights!)    LV: Brian Wilson On the original back cover notes, the listed lead vocalist is: "Too embarrassed." 
Glen Campbell  Guess I'm Dumb   Options Pet Projects: the Brian Wilson Productions  1965   
The Beach Boys  There's No Other (Like My Baby)   Options Party  1965  LV: Brian Wilson by Phil Spector, for the Crystals 
The Beach Boys  The Times They Are A Changin'   Options Party    LV: Al Jardine 
The Beach Boys  She's Not the Little Girl I Once Knew   Options She's Not the Little Girl I Once Knew 45"  1965   
 
The Beach Boys  And Your Dream Comes True   Options Summer Days (and Summer Nights!)     


Listener comments!

Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 6:35pm Gary:

Ooo, looks like a great one
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 6:50pm Flash Strap:

Should be a good one, at the very least! Hi Gary!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 8/27/15 6:59pm listener james from westwood:

Good Thursday, Flash and all!
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:00pm Flash Strap:

Hello again, Listener James!
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:00pm glenn:

still life with plaid and surfboard.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 8/27/15 7:01pm Carmichael:

Hey look, it's David Marks! Heya Strap and fans.
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:01pm ndbob:

Evening Evan et al!
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:02pm Flash Strap:

Little Davy Marks indeed. Looks like a 1st grader. Hi Glenn, Carmichael, Bob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 8/27/15 7:03pm Carmichael:

I read his book The Lost Beach Boy. Pretty fascinating stuff about the early days and, of course, that bastard Murry Wilson.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 8/27/15 7:03pm melinda:

Good evening!
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:07pm Bennett Cerf:

Someone ask for me?
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:09pm Flash Strap:

Hello Melinda! Great to see ya, Bennett ya maniac
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 8/27/15 7:10pm listener james from westwood:

That was like the evil twin of "Palisades Park"!
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:11pm Flash Strap:

I love how it ends: "LOSER!"
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:13pm Flash Strap:

I think this is the first lead from Dennis. My second favorite voice in the gang.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 8/27/15 7:14pm Carmichael:

Trying to remember if "At the Drive-In" was on SS. Guess I'll jut sit here and find out.
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:14pm Flash Strap:

Yeah, Carmichael. Murry is a piece of work. We'll be forced to deal with him in a bit
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:16pm ndbob:

great song tho the Gamblers original is better
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:17pm Flash Strap:

It's not on SS, and I can't remember what it is on.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 8/27/15 7:17pm Carmichael:

Ya, maybe All Summer Long?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 8/27/15 7:17pm Carmichael:

Or whatever that summer album was called.
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:18pm Flash Strap:

you're right
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:18pm Gary:

Endless Summer?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 8/27/15 7:19pm Carmichael:

Summer Days and Summer Nights?
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:19pm Flash Strap:

@bob: the Boys never have the best version of any surf instrumental
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:20pm Gary:

The first time I heard "Surfin Safari" was on the American Graffiti soundtrack, which might have been the first LP I ever paid money for
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:25pm ndbob:

@Evan true
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 8/27/15 7:25pm melinda:

I confess I was a bit dismayed to see that the whole show would be devoted to the Beach Boys but I'm enjoying this.
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:31pm Flash Strap:

I was pretty dismayed when I realized I felt like I had to do it. I had to do this one so I can do the next one, focusing on the later works. In doing so, I became nearly as obsessed with the early work
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 8/27/15 7:31pm listener james from westwood:

I know "The Lonely Sea" from a fine cover that Ken Freedman probably has played most often on the station. A treat to hear the original!
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:32pm Flash Strap:

"ain't joshin'!"
  Thu. 8/27/15 7:36pm Dean:

The plaque in Hawthorne, CA, at the site of the home where the Wilsons grew up: http://bit.ly/1WVAglZ
  Thu. 8/27/15 7:37pm Dean:

Just realized I drove right past it on Monday heading to LAX.
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:37pm Flash Strap:

wow. Hi dean!
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:38pm Flash Strap:

here we have the 1st use of strings
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:39pm Gary:

I misread that as "plague" ... but I see now that's not what that's a picture of :)
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:41pm Flash Strap:

Listen to Dennis shred those fading notes on "noooooooooooow"
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 8/27/15 7:42pm melinda:

The first mix tape I ever made, in 4th grade, featured a lot of Beach Boys early songs. Along with ABBA and Bette Davis Eyes.
  Thu. 8/27/15 7:42pm Dean:

And the home itself: https://www.flickr.com/photos/emmie-jan/6668391871/in/photostream/ The stream even includes a picture of the father's Whittier home, where he died in '73. I lived in Whittier at the time.
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:44pm Flash Strap:

Wow Melinda that tape sounds like a museum-worthy document. I love looking at old tapes like that, they tell so much. too much
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 8/27/15 7:44pm Marcel M:

hello hello
Avatar    Thu. 8/27/15 7:46pm hyde:

when the dj tells me that the surfin' is fine, that's when i know my baby and i will have a good time
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:47pm Flash Strap:

Hello Marcel! and Hyde!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 8/27/15 7:50pm melinda:

The tape lasted for many years but finally bit the dust. Too bad. Hearing 409 and Barbara Ann still brings back a bit of grade school angst. Would you believe 409 was played on Surface Noise this morning? Craziness!
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:52pm Flash Strap:

that is crazy. what is going on? summer is ending and we're all going mad
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:54pm ndbob:

I like the early Beach Boys material better then the later stuff
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:54pm ndbob:

tho I like the later stuff too
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 8/27/15 7:58pm Uncle Michael:

How do?
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 7:59pm ndbob:

excellent first how Evan! catch the rest on the archive as always
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 8:11pm Flash Strap:

Hi Michael! Bye Bob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 8/27/15 8:12pm Uncle Michael:

I recently subjected myself to the entire Help Me Rhonda control room tape. Yowza.
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 8:12pm Flash Strap:

This song is informed by the JFK assassination, imbuing it with impossible subtextual emotional profundity
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 8/27/15 8:14pm Uncle Michael:

"clear records"
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 8:15pm Flash Strap:

"I'm a genius too"
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 8:15pm Flash Strap:

"Forget who you are"
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 8/27/15 8:15pm Uncle Michael:

Murry Dearest
  Thu. 8/27/15 8:16pm MikeMike:

Thanks so much for ALL of these excellent shows; Explorers Room is the reason I became a WFMU donor.
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 8:17pm Flash Strap:

Kind of you to say MikeMike! Thanks for tuning in
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 8:17pm Gary:

This is craziness :)
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 8:18pm Flash Strap:

Murry Dearest about sums up the garish melodrama
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 8/27/15 8:18pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Red light's on! Recording!
- just RELAX ! NOW !
...tragically Classic...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 8/27/15 8:20pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...when considering Brian Wilson's history &/or state, should never forget this...
Avatar    Thu. 8/27/15 8:20pm hyde:

times are changing. times are changing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 8/27/15 8:20pm Uncle Michael:

You slackers take five hours to make a hit now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 8/27/15 8:21pm melinda:

Don't Worry Baby is one of my favorites.
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 8:21pm Flash Strap:

@hyde: that part kills me, brings me to tears, really. it's a brave moment in a young man's life
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 8/27/15 8:22pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Keith Moon's favorite song.
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 8:22pm Gary:

This song is making me cry
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 8:22pm Flash Strap:

@melinda: it's a true masterpiece. totally transcends its subject matter
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 8/27/15 8:23pm melinda:

Has anyone seen the recent Brian Wilson movie? I heard it was good.
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 8:24pm Flash Strap:

so did I. haven't seen it
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 8/27/15 8:24pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

The Beach Boys are out of Camelot, the Beatles are post-JFK.
Avatar    Thu. 8/27/15 8:28pm hyde:

i have not seen love and mercy either, but i probably will soon.
Avatar    Thu. 8/27/15 8:32pm hyde:

though sometimes a hot rod is just a hot rod
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 8/27/15 8:34pm Uncle Michael:

Pacific Ocean Blue is a masterpiece.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 8/27/15 8:36pm melinda:

This was on my mix tape too.....it's all coming back.
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 8:37pm Flash Strap:

I wholeheartedly agree, Uncle.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 8/27/15 8:38pm Minnesota Jeff:

Whoa, catching the last half hour here live. Beach BOY-NAN-ZA!
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 8:38pm Flash Strap:

Rhonda Sessions, courtesy WFMU blog: blog.wfmu.org...
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 8:39pm Flash Strap:

Aloha Minnesota J!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 8/27/15 8:39pm Minnesota Jeff:

Which guy is that on the far right in the surfboard photo??? Looks like a contest winner.
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 8:41pm Flash Strap:

It's David Marks, keeping Al Jardine's spot warm. He was an early member. He looks to be about 8 years old
Avatar    Thu. 8/27/15 8:42pm hyde:

I like Pacific Ocean Blue a lot, but the Dennis Wilson track I love the most is Forever from Sunflower.
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 8:42pm Flash Strap:

Man, Hyde: YES. That song is P E R F E C T
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 8:47pm Flash Strap:

This one approaches next-level
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 8/27/15 8:51pm Minnesota Jeff:

I may be mistaken, but I believe Michael Shelly did a WFMU show where he did a lot of fake Beach Boys bands. Sound a likes and such.
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 8:52pm Flash Strap:

I should check that out, Jeff
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 8/27/15 8:54pm Minnesota Jeff:

Well hell, Michael Shelley has an author of a new Beach Boys book this Saturday on his show! “Becoming the Beach Boys” author James Murphy
Avatar    Thu. 8/27/15 8:55pm hyde:

@Jeff heh, I just saw that too. Kismet.
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 9:07pm Flash Strap:

1st real Carl lead vocal! I love this one
Avatar    Thu. 8/27/15 9:09pm hyde:

yeah, i love this one too
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 9:17pm Flash Strap:

Man, this dad doesn't even know where it's at
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 8/27/15 9:18pm Uncle Michael:

Oh man...you saved this for last, didn't you. It ducking SLAYS me.

And SO Bacharachish.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 8/27/15 9:19pm Uncle Michael:

ducking typos.
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 9:19pm Flash Strap:

it's not for last, alas, but it is a slayer
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 8/27/15 9:20pm Uncle Michael:

great!
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 9:21pm Flash Strap:

You're so right, it's maximum Bacharach. Glen sounds so OLD, too
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 8/27/15 9:22pm northguineahills:

Thank my lucky stars for archives, i regret not getting here sooner.
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 9:23pm Flash Strap:

Oh, hello NGH! Great to see you, late or ever
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 8/27/15 9:24pm Uncle Michael:

I mined "Party" for my 2015 premium.
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 9:25pm Flash Strap:

it's such a weird little record. i love that it's all fake-live
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 8/27/15 9:26pm Minnesota Jeff:

Yeah Michael, its a great premium. Glad you added the little intros to each song.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 8/27/15 9:27pm Uncle Michael:

Aww...thanks, Jeff!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 8/27/15 9:31pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- man - those vocals on 'She's Not...' - let's hear somebody try & cover that & sing it...Sometimes the tape was sped up to sound higher - whatever...
Avatar    Thu. 8/27/15 9:34pm hyde:

thanks for the trip to the beach!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 8/27/15 9:34pm Uncle Michael:

I'm pretty sure Glen was about 30 then.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 8/27/15 9:37pm Uncle Michael:

Thanks for the show, Evan!
Avatar Thu. 8/27/15 9:38pm Flash Strap:

Thanks for listening, all! Goodnight and see you next week
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