My iPod #401: The Beach Boys – Fun, Fun, Fun

So one day, a few years back, I listened to The Beach Boys’ album “Pet Sounds”. Would it be as good as I was led to believe it would be, due to the acclaim and praise it gets by critics and fans alike? It would be, I was very pleased after hearing it. It was a great listening experience. Although “Pet Sounds” was the album where The Beach Boys (or more specifically Brian Wilson) set out a mission to put more work into a song’s arrangement and lyrics, no one could forget that only a few years prior the group were making songs about girls, surfing and being young and free.

It was during that phase that “Fun, Fun, Fun” was written. The track tells the story of a chick who takes her dad’s car for a ride without his permission and gets all the attention from other jealous ladies and lustful men. The fun ends when the dad catches her out and takes the set of keys away. But it’s all fine, ‘cos…. Mike Love supposedly arrives to make things all better. A creepy thought, but that’s how it goes.

This is a fun, fun, fun one to listen to. Filled with everything you’d expect from an early Beach Boys release. Well-executed harmonies all round covering all vocal ranges, and a general lively, peppy performance. Nice little nod to Chuck Berry right at the start too. Solid track.

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Author: Jamie Kyei Manteaw

An English student at Coventry University who spends most days listening to music (old and new) and reading and writing about it, however informal it may be. And studying too, obviously.

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