That's Not Me (2:27)

Cover of Pet Sounds: 40th Anniversary

From Pet Sounds: 40th Anniversary

“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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