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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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  • Lowbacca

    brian bowie: wife on mars?

    17 Apr 8:32am Reply
  • Bastard1

    If Mars had life on it, I might find my wife on it.

    11 Apr 3:13am Reply
  • luiz_kogut

    BARNYARD

    10 Apr 1:23am Reply
  • Lowbacca

    for your consideration in the up-voting department #9: http://www.last.fm/music/The+Beach+Boys/+images/98027829

    4 Apr 1:25pm Reply
  • MsMoonlightt

    There's something sweet 'bout them...

    4 Apr 11:37am Reply
  • Peeeons

    Brian Wilson was a hippie genius, the beatles only copied what he did and were more successful at it

    4 Apr 5:35am Reply
  • Slim_rafa

    Dontcha fuka worrin modafucka beibi

    29 Mar 10:58pm Reply
  • Nihil227

    I've juste discovered the long version of 'Til I Die, now this is my new favorite. I wish they had used their talent to make longer songs with deeper lyrics than their usual boys band stuff, like this one.

    28 Mar 2:14pm Reply
  • Syd3arrett

    Not tagged psychedelic?!?! How are people supposed to find this stuff without it?

    25 Mar 2:03am Reply
  • StrictlyStupid

    amazing how they managed to be so complex but at the same time so radio friendly. nothing but love for these men

    22 Mar 6:20am Reply
  • Lowbacca

    you mean in the same way the monkees are better?

    20 Mar 2:09pm Reply
  • RussellChap

    the beatles are better

    20 Mar 12:24pm Reply
  • Abomination317

    "This is the worst trip I've ever been on"

    17 Mar 6:29am Reply
  • El_Salvador7

    Sloop John B. is the centerpiece of Pet Sounds. The most essential song to understanding the underlying emotional themes of the masterwork that is that album.

    16 Mar 12:03pm Reply
  • Bastard1

    If Spotify didn't exist, Heroes+Villains would be in the weekly charts. What a tragedy...

    14 Mar 3:14pm Reply
  • Abomination317

    I'm confused. How is that in any way ironic?

    13 Mar 10:56pm Reply
  • beanerama

    Beach Boys are so badass that Pet Sounds experimental melodies influenced The Beatles during Sgt. Pepper´s production. Ironically, "Pet Sounds" (the song) show how experimental these guys sound back in the 60s.

    13 Mar 12:26am Reply
  • TylerSymes

    Sloop John B is worst pet sounds song?

    5 Mar 1:33pm Reply
  • Bastard1

    Who ever said goodbye?

    3 Mar 10:15pm Reply
  • karl_seifert

    Yeah God Only Knows why i love this band so much!!!!

    1 Mar 10:19pm Reply
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