"I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" is a song by the Beach Boys from their album Pet Sounds. It is the eleventh song on the album. It is the first song to use of a keyboard-controlled variation on the theremin - later named the Electro-Theremin or Tannerin - in a rock record. Shortly after this track was recorded, Brian Wilson used the Tannerin on the "Good Vibrations" track.
Wilson stated: "It's about a guy who was crying out because he thought he was too advanced, and that he'd eventually have to leave people behind. All my friends thought I was crazy to do Pet Sounds."
The song has been covered by Wilson himself on Pet Sounds Live, by Sixpence None the Richer for the tribute album Making God Smile, by Patrick Wolf for Do It Again: A Tribute To Pet Sounds, by married couple Aimee Mann and Michael Penn for A Tribute To Brian Wilson (2001), and by the Japanese group Feelds for the tribute album Smiling Pets.
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