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MaryNYS

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Hi all,

The song for this week is Surfing Safari.  It is a great song for the summer.  A wonderful song to dance to.  The boys/men are inviting us to come with us on their surfing trip.  

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A very infectious song, Mary. Makes you feel good. Was playing a Beach Boy cd in the car yesterday and it  came on. I was bellowing the words right along with the guys. A very SUMMER song.
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A very infectious song, Mary. Makes you feel good. Was playing a Beach Boy cd in the car yesterday and it  came on. I was bellowing the words right along with the guys. A very SUMMER song.

Right on Curt! So true. It's a great song and I could never think otherwise. One of the first Beach Boys tunes I was ever exposed to.

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Not a favourite.  That is the case with most of Surfin' Safari...the album.  Remember...I became a Beach Boys fan AFTER the release of the song Surfin USA and shortly thereafter when they flipped the disc over to include Shutdown.  My first 45 purchase was Be true to Your School/In My Room.  I had tried to buy the Surfin USA l.p. rather than just the single but it was always sold out.  So?  I bought Surfin Safari.  What a total disappointment.  I was 11...thought the Beach Boys were great...went out with my paper route money and bought my first rock 'n' roll album and THAT was all I got.  What a drag.  The Beach Boys without Brian at the studio control board...weaving his magic...and way too much Mike singing through his nose was not the recipe for success.  Even at the ripe old age of 11 I wasn't BIG on THAT.

The next album I'd buy would be Little Deuce Coupe...as Surfin USA was still sold out.  What a mezmerizingly colossal jump in quality, vocals and musicianship there was from Surfin Safari to Little Deuce Coupe.  In just 1 year...and with Brian running the show instead of Nick V and Murry W...they went from uhhhhhhhhh...no...not really thanks to WOW!!!

I play Surfin Safari about as often as i do Smiley Smile and Love You...which, these days, is about once every 2 years.   [ and Summer in Pair of Dice has only ever been played all the way through once.  Not sure if that one was released on Vinyl or petrified dung. ]
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Yeah the only thing that REALLY bothers me is Mike's voice but that bothers me all the time so I guess I can overlook that.
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Agree again with Lee - I just don't like the 'nose production'.  It's the only pre-MIU LP I don't own.  Nor do I own anything after Love You, until TWGMTR.  There's a correlation there - The WI factor (Wilson Involvement).  I've heard all the others from start to finish...except SIP - couldn't make it through that one even once.  I tried, really.
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Surfin Safari was only the second single the Beach Boys released.  It was a major nationwide hit.  Not bad for beginners:
"The single peaked at the number 14 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with "409" also charting at number 76, making it the band's first double-sided hit single. It placed at number 10 on the Cash Box sales chart, and number 5 on UPI's national weekly survey used by newspapers. According to English pop music statistician Joseph Murrells in The Book of Golden Discs, 1978 edition, it placed number 3 on one of the four major national charts then recognised, probably Variety. Certainly its regional sales backed up these higher placings (than Billboard). As well as its Capitol-record sales in New York, it was No. 1 in Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas, Minneapolis, Buffalo and Hartford; and top five in Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, Tucson, Nashville, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Springfield MASS."

Something was catching on ....



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Hi Deb - You are correct there.  There's is NO denying it, they were hitting that commercial wave.
My perspective is different than many here...Though I heard this when I was very young, I truly only started 'listening' to the Beach Boys' entire discography three or four years ago.

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Considering this is their second single it is WAY better than Surfin...the drum beat is halway decent, Carl plays a simple yet totally catchy lead, and yes the harmonies are simple but solid. Yeah, Mike's voice is what it is but if you think about it, no one else sounded like him either which was good for introducing the group to the world.
I always find myself wanting to sing all their parts which proves they had an incredible gift for engaging their listening audience. And then they blew our minds with what was to come!!!

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Yep, I'd go on that surfing trip. [smile]
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Surfin Sufari is a fun song, but only really offers a glimpse of the brilliance of The Beach Boys.  I agree with Lee that the Boys really found their sound on the following album, Surfin USA.  
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