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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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  • Dylanisgod2

    alright what is up with this "MIKE the cool one sings" meme?

    25 Apr 3:46am Reply
  • Tollemannen

    fuckin dad rock m8s r u shitters or wat

    16 Apr 10:39pm Reply
  • jessyrocker

    Cool Music

    12 Apr 10:10pm Reply
  • sandrarichm

    Just Great

    12 Apr 6:37am Reply
  • jakobdorof

    Pet Sounds is still the pinnacle (of albums)

    11 Apr 3:24pm Reply
  • thekidwiththefa

    god only knows what the world would be without the brians

    5 Apr 6:15am Reply
  • thekidwiththefa

    saw the old slimy perverts without Brian a couple years back...my dear ex bought the overpriced tickets and we drove way too far to see their 3-night sold out show. they showed us their shiny rings, pictures of their cars, a slideshow that looked like they themselves had googled 'california girls'...they gave a shoutout to the vancouver canucks (this was in nanaimo...)...the guitarist coordinator dude grinded against a young girl...i bought a hat that doesn't fit well to commemorate what a momentous occasion it was for me

    5 Apr 6:14am Reply
  • Aartmusic

    de strand jongens

    31 Mar 12:57pm Reply
  • Bastard1

    ...Or is it?

    31 Mar 2:34am Reply
  • Bastard1

    Pet Sounds is an album.

    31 Mar 2:30am Reply
  • carefulneckbear

    fuck mike love

    29 Mar 7:28pm Reply
  • OhYesByAllMeans

    Pet Sounds is actually quite unremarkable.

    27 Mar 8:02pm Reply
  • Dani_Gabarrot

    Pet Sounds is better than any (insert artist name/band) album.

    27 Mar 12:27am Reply
  • TheOnlyMAD

    Pet Sounds is better than any Beatles album.

    23 Mar 3:04pm Reply
  • Lowbacca

    the film is beyond great, y'all

    22 Mar 2:44pm Reply
  • PhoenixBloom

    Vote for your fave debut albums here, join the community and vote! http://universalmusiclovers.proboards.com/thread/4/best-debut-albums-all-time

    16 Mar 1:14am Reply
  • Pi_Puppids

    Thanks Aartmusic. Hyped as well. I have seriously been waiting for this Brian Wilson biopic since like 2007.

    12 Mar 7:17pm Reply
  • Goodmorningcapn

    Holy shit didn't realize there was a trailer out. HYPED

    26 Feb 10:28pm Reply
  • Aartmusic

    Hey guys, seen this? They're making a movie about Brian Wilson in the Pet Sounds / SMiLE era. Can't wait for it. http://youtu.be/VUhFpFQeilM

    26 Feb 9:42am Reply
  • Moonlight_Dawn

    Looking for a "lost song" that I *think* is The Beach Boys -- a very slow love song. Going through their music now to find it.... I liked more songs from The Beach Boys than I remembered liking. LOL. In other words: I like more from The Beach Boys than I recalled liking :D.... but still searching for my "lost song". :)

    24 Feb 5:59pm Reply
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