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Hawthorne, Los Angeles CA, United States (1961 – present)

The Beach Boys are an American and band, widely considered one of the most influential groups of the ‘. Known as “America’s Band”, they are easily recognized by their complex vocal harmonies. Initially recording music that focused on Californian youth culture, halfway through the decade they shifted their attention towards melancholy pop, and continued to experiment with other genres. With the release of 1974’s Endless Summer they became a more popular touring act, playing their greatest hits. They have recorded 36 Billboard Top 40 hits (including four number-one singles), have had over 100 million sales, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

Formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961, the original group comprised singer-musician-composer Brian Wilson, his brothers Carl Wilson and Dennis Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and friends Al Jardine and David Marks. South African musicians Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar played and sang with the band on three key albums during the early 1970s. Many changes in both musical style and personnel have occurred in their sometimes-stormy career: Brian Wilson’s mental illness, drug addiction and eventual withdrawal from the group; the deaths of Dennis Wilson in 1983 and Carl Wilson in 1998; and continuing legal battles among surviving members of the group.

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  • FalseEuphoria

    Brian Wilson is the closest thing to a god I'll likely ever have.

    14 Sep 9:45pm Reply
  • Bastard1

    Tried that. Problem is, they're cockroach people. Talk like cockroach, look like people. They survived it and simply relocated their headquarters to an unidentified location within a 2 mile radius of the Earth's core.

    14 Sep 4:56pm Reply
  • Abomination317

    Couldn't we nuke the idiots at Spotify?

    13 Sep 5:27pm Reply
  • OutbreakOfFools

    "One Direction for Hipsters. [54]" Apparently, the number after 1 is 2, not 54 =D

    10 Sep 10:17pm Reply
  • MsMoonlightt

    "One Direction for Hipsters. [54]" , says a lying pokemon.

    10 Sep 10:14pm Reply
  • c0c0butter

    The guy belwo iz such a bastard1

    10 Sep 1:53am Reply
  • Bastard1

    Okay guys, so here's the plan. We track down the names of people using Spotify to listen to mistagged tracks, and invite them to a "Beach Boys reunion" that's secretly just a Mike and The Stooges show. Then, we nuke the lot of them. The world will thank us.

    4 Sep 4:48pm Reply
  • iamholgerczukay

    Weird and barely produced are two musical characteristics I've been known to really dig, that's probably why. SMiLE (sorry I spelled it wrong earlier) is squeaky clean, impressively so, but I like the raw pop insanity of Smiley Smile.

    2 Sep 2:12pm Reply
  • Abomination317

    vv yet that's literally it. Brian went crazy and abandoned SMiLE but for some reason felt the need to rerecord a bunch of even weirder, barely produced versions.

    31 Aug 7:40pm Reply
  • iamholgerczukay

    I'm no Beach Boys historian (BTW, when is the Brian Wilson biopic coming out?!) but wasn't Smiley Smile essentially the half assed/forced release of Smile that nobody was happy with? I ask because I think it's so much better than Smile, I can't really explain why.

    29 Aug 8:28pm Reply
  • Cherrylake

    One Direction for Hipsters. [54]

    27 Aug 10:27pm Reply
  • willett25

    "Caroline No" is a heartbreaking but perfect closing song, and with how I've connected with it lately, it closes this playlist dedicated to a solemn summer. Check it out here!- http://swilletted.wordpress.com/2014/08/05/playlist-potluck-the-solemn-summer/

    27 Aug 7:11pm Reply
  • Lowbacca

    no-one's ever been more out of it than you, john lame-on.

    25 Aug 8:28am Reply
  • John__Lemon

    Wonder if brian Wilson's new solo work is actually him.. He seems completely out of it

    20 Aug 10:25am Reply
  • Bastard1

    We really need to get a separate artist page for Mike Love and His Stooges so their tour dates can be attributed correctly.

    14 Aug 1:55pm Reply
  • Lowbacca

    for your consideration in the up-voting department #11: http://www.last.fm/music/The+Beach+Boys/+images/80573965

    13 Aug 10:38am Reply
  • Harry_01

    v Yet you've been at a Tokio Hotel concert, lol.

    11 Aug 5:24pm Reply
  • Emile1995

    One Direction for Hipsters.

    10 Aug 11:52am Reply
  • WarriorJones

    B-but, Mike Love gave us Kokomo!

    3 Aug 5:16pm Reply
  • limonad_limonad

    Каждых неделю-две их альбом висит в новых релизах.

    3 Aug 8:49am Reply
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