That's Not Me (2:27)

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“That’s Not Me” is a song by the American pop band The Beach Boys, taken from their 1966 album Pet Sounds. It is the third track on the album. The song was composed and produced by Brian Wilson with the lyrics by Tony Asher. The lead vocal was sung by Brian Wilson and Mike Love.

Brian stated “This showcased Mike Love’s voice. Listen for the twelve-string guitar right after the lyric “I’m a little bit scared ‘cause I haven’t been home in a long time.”

Unlike all of the other songs on Pet Sounds, this track actually featured the Beach Boys playing the instruments; Brian had been using session musicians since The Beach Boys Today!. Brian Wilson plays organ, Carl Wilson plays guitar, and Dennis Wilson plays drums. Alan Jardine has also been credited as playing tambourine, while Mike Love sings the lead vocal with the whole band singing background vocals. The whole band is featured on this one track as the liner notes imply:

The AFM contract for this date lists Brian, Carl, Dennis, Alan and Bruce as having played on this track. However, on the surviving session tape, only Brian, Carl and Dennis are clearly audible on the basic track, which includes just drums, organ, one guitar, and tamborine. As Brian was on the studio floor. Bruce was in the control booth, helping Chuck Britz direct the session. The tamborine apparently was played by Alan Jardine or an uncredited Terry Melcher; Brian has named the latter on at least one occasion.

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  • Stugard

    Damnit, I want to know what Nakkinak was referring to now. The 12-string?

    30 Jan 7:48pm Reply
  • _GooglePlex_

    This song is life.

    21 Sep 2013 Reply
  • PinkM0nster

    My anthem

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    @KHsonicdude23 when Pet Sounds came out, many musicians were like "holy shit what was that"

    20 Feb 2013 Reply
  • rubb3r_s0ul

    I'm convinced that this is one of the greatest songs ever to exist. [2]

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
  • El_Salvador7

    Dat organ in this song got me droolin... literally. I'm serious. I love this song so much.

    4 Nov 2012 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    Yeah there's tambourine and toms..ya'll are fools! Those are drums! haha love it.

    3 Jun 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    Unknown album? ..So what's Last.fm been smoking?

    17 May 2012 Reply
  • holmesspuntuna

    Brian sounds a heck of a lot like Noah Lennox on this one

    28 Apr 2012 Reply
  • enyalb24

    makes me wanna puke....banned

    27 Apr 2012 Reply
  • hidetheglove

    this is proly emy favorite beach boys song GUYS

    9 Mar 2012 Reply
  • mmmmlowell

    ...this song does have drums in it. as does most of pet sounds? i don't understand this no-drum discussion.

    19 Feb 2012 Reply
  • drumaboy70

    so lonely and haunting, but so incredible

    16 Jan 2012 Reply
  • richardneal

    Nice to have one on Pet Sounds that Carl & Dennis played on

    5 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Argamocrypt

    Don't let the baroque tag fool you - it's clearly a rock song. The chamber approach works for "You Still Believe in Me", "God Only Knows", "Caroline, No" etc, I just think this one is seriously missing some drums.

    22 Nov 2011 Reply
  • MoogleZilla

    It's supposed to Baroque chamber-esque...why drums?

    17 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Argamocrypt

    Now don't get me wrong here, Pet Sounds is a great album, but a handful of these songs could REALLY use some drums. This is one of them.

    8 Nov 2011 Reply
  • sam2george

    Man I fucking love reading track comments on last fm, what a tune,

    12 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Roy1968Wood

    The tag says Unknown Album. Really?!!!! This is from one of the greatest rock albums of all time: Pet Sounds.

    9 Oct 2011 Reply
  • mlilly14

    I'm convinced that this is one of the greatest songs ever to exist.

    28 Jul 2011 Reply
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