Tuesday, May 06, 2014

LSD Tuesdays: Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

The Beach Boys released Pet Sounds in May 1966 and it was drenched in so much psychedelia that if you licked the vinyl, you'd actually start tripping balls.

The Beach Boys, especially Brian Wilson, were blown away and deeply affected by Rubber Soul, released the Beatles a year earlier. Wilson, heavily influenced by Rubber Soul, was inspired to top that album. He blew off touring and focused on eating acid and hanging out in the studio. He birthed Pet Sounds. The album title came from a dispute he had with a record exce who thought only dogs would like listening to it. Anyway, like it or hate it, Pet Sounds went on to influence the Beatles, who were in the studio in London working on material that would become Sgt. Peppers. If you dig that Beatles album, then you have to tip your hat to the influential nature of Brian Wilson and Pet Sounds.

This particular track Sloop John B is not subtle at all and pretty obvious it's all about orange sunshine...


The Pet Sounds opening track Wouldn't It Be Nice is a powerful harmonic song, but I'm pretty tilted that I've heard it in a couple of national ads, but it's about the Beach Boys shedding their California girls, good boy surfer image for something a little more dark and introspective...


Here's the ENTIRE full album of Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys...

1 comment:

andy w said...

Maybe I'm not picking up on your sarcasm but this is a traditional folk song. I don't think it has anything to do with LSD.

Still, thanks for posting it and Pet Sounds. Great album.