Summer, 1964

1964

Beach Boys – All Summer Long

Their sixth studio album and the second of three in 1964 alone, All Summer Long sees The Beach Boys beginning to fulfil their rich potential across the length of a whole LP, albeit one that clocks in at a mere twenty-five minutes.

Opener “I Get Around” is also the best-known song on the album, near-ubiquitous as it has been on television and film soundtracks right up to and including the present day.

Their most deceptively sophisticated single to date, the effortless weaving in and out of hitherto rarely juxtaposed keys – which, to Rocksucker’s ears, truly became a trademark of Brian Wilson’s songwriting on this album – sets the stage for a melody so exhilaratingly sunny and mischievous that the contemporaneous dismissal as their manager of Murry Wilson (authoritarian father of Brian, Carl and Dennis) feels intrinsic to the song’s air of gleeful and uninhibited rebelliousness.

Lyrics such as “I’m a real cool head/I’m makin’ real good bread” and “My buddies and me are getting real well-known/Yeah, the bad guys know us and they leave us alone” suggest a self-confidence that may have owed itself at least in part to this removal of professional oppression, but then the second verse’s cocksure assertion of “We’ve never missed yet with the girls we meet/None of the guys go steady cause it wouldn’t be right/To leave their best girl home now on Saturday night” indicates that the female attention concomitant with newfound fame might have had a little more to do with it.

For as much or as little as it’s about, “I Get Around” makes for a tremendously energising opener and segues so heart-warmingly into the album’s title track that it can soundtrack your summers even during deepest, darkest winter – summers past, by dint of the sunset nostalgia embedded in its words and melodies, and summers yet to come through the sheer sense of yearning it may encumber you with.

Y’dig?”All Summer Long” represents perhaps The Beach Boys’ most successful infusion of introspection into an ostensibly up-tempo song pre-Pet Sounds. This emotional duality is evidence of Brian’s progression from prodigious young talent to unrivalled master of the game, with his distinctive falsetto completing those ever-present harmonies with almost supernatural ingenuity.

Even the song’s lyrics are contrary, with “Won’t be long ’til summertime is through” swiftly followed by an adorably yelped “Not for us now” that feels somehow weighted down by delusion when placed amidst a musical progression so oddly melancholic, given its lack of minor chords.

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http://rocksucker.co.uk/2011/10/ten-underappreciated-beach-boys-lps-all.html

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Lyrics: Beach Boys – All Summer Long

Sittin’ in my car outside your house
(Sittin’ in my car outside your house)
‘Member when you spilled coke all over you blouse

T-shirts, cut-offs, and a pair of thongs
(T-shirts, cut-offs, and a pair of thongs)
We’ve been having fun all summer long

(All summer long you’ve been with me)
I can’t see enough of you
(All summer long we’ve both been free)
Won’t be long til summer time is through
(Summer time is through)
Not for us now

Miniature golf and Hondas in the hills
(Miniature golf and Hondas in the hills)
When we rode the horse we got some thrills
Every now and then we hear our song
(Every now and then we hear our song)
We’ve been having fun all summer long

Won’t be long til summer time is through
(Summer time is through)
Not for us now
Every now and then we hear our song
(Every now and then we hear our song)
We’ve been having fun all summer long
We’ve been having fun all summer long
(We’ve been having fun all summer long)
We’ve been having fun all summer long
(We’ve been having fun all summer long)
We’ve been having fun all summer long

Source:

http://www.lyricsfreak.com/b/beach+boys/all+summer+long_20013619.html

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