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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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  • Nakkinak

    you're under arrest

    18 Jan 5:43pm Reply
  • MickyDolenz

    Life is for the living, so don't sit on your ass, smoking grass, that stuff went out a long long time ago!

    11 Jan 9:43am Reply
  • noise-psych

    holy shit yet another compilation. endless sleep is great, definitely a standout

    7 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Bastard1

    A BIG MAN IN A CHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIR AND LITTLE TINY MEN EVERYWHEEEEEEEERE

    3 Dec 2014 Reply
  • VadiushaKomarov

    За сёрф и Драмс спасибо, слов нет, короли.

    16 Nov 2014 Reply
  • MissAtomicBombb

    God only knows what I'd be without you <3

    7 Nov 2014 Reply
  • WarriorJones

    Girls are always ready for the Summer of Love! Goin' out and lookin' for love! GIIIIIRLS ARE ALWAYS READ-EY!

    3 Nov 2014 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    I think Jake Bugg is the worst artist in the BBC video. What is the point of using a american band for this makes no sense though.

    30 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    Brian or no, I wouldn't trade a hundred Impossible Orchestras for one Carl Wilson [2]

    17 Oct 2014 Reply
  • moisesbs3008

    could be brian wilson, god?

    16 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Nihil227

    This BBC video makes me cringe.

    10 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    guys, seriously - there are so many great (colourful) pictures buried in the gallery. have a look and vote 'em up!! :O

    9 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Bastard1

    Brian or no, I wouldn't trade a hundred Impossible Orchestras for one Carl Wilson.

    9 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Creepcleaner

    the bbc version of god only knows is awful.

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    http://www.peterbagge.com/baggeextras/swfs/MurryWilson1.swf

    4 Oct 2014 Reply
  • noise-psych

    I use spotify sometimes, come at me

    27 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Bastard1

    Brian only knows what I'd be without Brian.

    22 Sep 2014 Reply
  • obefm

    Brian Wilson is the closest thing to a god I'll likely ever have. [2]

    19 Sep 2014 Reply
  • FalseEuphoria

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

    14 Sep 2014 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 2014 Reply
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