SUMMER IS COMING…
Over the years a number of Beach Boys & Brian Wilson tribute songs have come into play… so much so that a playlist was inevitable. Playmixt is going to the June 15th show at Merriweather Post Pavilion, and if anyone would be interested in meeting up and hanging out, please drop a line.
Southern California - Brian Wilson (“I had this dream… singing with my brothers…” if that doesn’t melt your heart, I don’t know what will)
Cannibal Surf Babe - Marillion (somewhat inspired by Pamela Anderson’s ‘Baywatch’ days, features the line: “Mr. Wilson, where’s your sandbox and your beard?”)
Since God Invented Girls - Elton John (“Now I know what Brian Wilson meant…”)
Brian Wilson - Brian Wilson (yes, he and his band covered the Barenaked Ladies tune live; perhaps the most meta-surreal rock moment in history)
Brian’s Back - the Beach Boys (duh)
At My Most Beautiful - R.E.M. (if this isn’t a tribute to Pet Sounds I’ll eat my vinyl copy of “Chronic Town”)
Brian Wilson - Barenaked Ladies ("Lyin’ in bed, just like Brian Wilson did…" not to mention, “Just listening and relistening to Smiley Smile…wondering if this is some creative drought,” or “And if you want to find me, I’ll be out in the sandbox, Wondering where the hell all the love has gone… Playing my guitar and building castles in the sun, and singing Fun, Fun, Fun…”)
One For The Boys - Brian Wilson (clearly a tribute in harmony to his bandmates)
Long May You Run - Neil Young (“Maybe the Beach Boys have got you now… with those waves singing Caroline <Oh Caroline No…>”)
I Write The Songs - Bruce Johnston (while this was a gigantic hit for Barry Manilow, it’s clearly about Brian… even though Bruce tends to deny it and attribute it to being more about the “spirit of music”)
Brian Wilson Said - Tears For Fears
I Love My Car - Belle and Sebastian (“I love my Carl, I love my Brian, my Dennis, my Al… I could even find it in my heart to love Mike Love…”)
In the meantime, if you have any further suggestions for this playlist… please drop a line?