Beach Boys

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"Beach Boys"
Beach Boys cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Pacific Daydream
Released September 14, 2017
Length 3:51
Label Crush Music/Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Producer Butch Walker
Status Officially released
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Pacific Daydream track listing
"Mexican Fender"
(1)
"Beach Boys"
(2)
"Feels Like Summer"
(3)

"Beach Boys" is the second song from Pacific Daydream and the third song that was officially released prior to the album's release.

Overview

Beach Boys was the third song to be released from Pacific Daydream before the album came out. The song was written intentionally to sound as little as possible like The Beach Boys, the band for which the song is named. Rivers started out with just the song's title and wrote many different chord progressions and melodies, many of which were reminiscent of The Beach Boys, before selecting the ones that were the least like them. According to Rivers, the song is about "being in downtown L.A. at night and being totally disoriented and alienated, and reminiscing about west side life in the early 90s and listening to The Beach Boys."

The song interpolates quotes from Murry Wilson, the abusive father of the Wilson brothers of the Beach Boys and one-time manager of the group. The quotes were taken from the sessions when the group was recording "Help Me, Rhonda" in which tensions between the group and Murry were high. Murry insists on re-recording the vocals over and over until he is satisfied, offering vague advice like "quit screaming and singing from your heart." At one point he claims to Brian Wilson, "I'm a genius too." Some fans theorize these quotes were utilized to equate Murry with fans or other pressures to keep making the same kind of music as in the past and not move forward. These sound clips are not Murry himself, but a soundalike.

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Lyrics

The sun won't shine tonight
Metro's screaming by
Walking with the Mexicans
Should I call an ambulance?
We need a melody, a gorgeous four-part harmony
So it all makes sense
There's gotta be more than this
Everyone wants to be cooler than everyone else
It's a hip-hop world
And we're the furniture
Let's get out of the city
Let me tell you about a band I loved
When I was a westside kid

Turn it up, it's the Beach Boys
Singing out in a sweet voice
On a roll, like a twist toy
Keep cranking them Beach Boys
Turn it up, it's the Beach Boys
Making my eyes get moist
Hold them up, at gunpoint
Keep cranking them Beach Boys

What you wanna do tonight?
I'll make it all happen, mixing up OJ
And champagne, cooler than the Ice Capades
We need a leader, someone to tell us what to do
To raise the bar, to make it rain
We're gonna go caroling in Ocean Park
If you know the notes, sing from your heart
'Cause it's gonna be fun
I'm a remarkable guy, I'll keep you trying new things
And keep you young

Turn it up, it's the Beach Boys
Singing out in a sweet voice
On a roll, like a twist toy
Keep cranking them Beach Boys
Turn it up, it's the Beach Boys
Making my eyes get moist
Hold them up, at gunpoint
Keep cranking them Beach Boys

They'll be there when you wake up
You're serving midnight mantras
It's the Beach Boys
Making my eyes get moist
Hold them up, at gunpoint

I've heard that before
But I want to hear it again
I've heard that before
But I want to hear it over and over again

[Fellas, I have 3,000 words to say. Quit screaming and start singing from your heart, huh?]

Turn it up, it's the Beach Boys
Singing out in a sweet voice
On a roll, like a Rolls Royce
Keep cranking them Beach Boys
Turn it up, it's the Beach Boys
Making my eyes get moist
Hold them up, at gunpoint
Keep cranking them Beach Boys

They'll be there when you wake up
You're serving midnight mantras
It's the Beach Boys
Making my eyes get moist
Hold them up, at gunpoint
Keep cranking them Beach Boys

[We don't have a blend. Can we hear a chord? Just a chord like we used to. When you used to sing clear records. OK? Let's go.]

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