The Beach Boys “Pet Sounds”

Prior to “Pet Sounds” The Beach Boys sang songs about surfing, girls and cars. To go from songs like “Surfin’ USA”, “I Get Around” and “California Girls” to “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “God Only Knows” was a huge change that not everyone was behind. The members of The Beach Boys were Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, David Marks and Bruce Johnson. For the record, “Pet Sounds”, Brian Wilson wanted to do something different than what his band had done before. Therefore, Wilson decided to produce his own album. With the lyrics he enlisted Tony Asher to write the songs.When making “Pet Sounds” Brian Wilson was influenced by Phil Spector. Brian Wilson thought that Phil Spector was the greatest. The way Phil Spector used multi-track recording greatly influenced the way Brian Wilson decided to record “Pet Sounds”. Another one of his influences was The Beatles. During the 1960’s there was a competition going on between The Beach Boys and The Beatles. Brian Wilson wanted to create an album that would be better than The Beatles. To set itself apart from other music on the radio in the 1960’s Brian Wilson had to do something different. Wilson and Tony Asher created lyrics that was the opposite of what other bands were putting out at the time. The lyrics they wrote for “Pet Sounds” were not all about love and girls, they were about personal things that happened in their lives. Brian Wilson also decided to speed up “Caroline No” half a beat which was not a production technique that was used at the time. “Pet Sounds” is one of the greatest and most influential albums of all time. I love the fact that it did not sound like the typical Beach Boys sound and that they decided to go with a different sound. Also, as an aspiring producer myself the album really is very inspiring.

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