Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Beach Boys: Fun, Fun, Fun

MUSIC Wednesday

Early Beach Boys: Fun, Fun, Fun

Written by: Brian Wilson & Mike Love
Recorded: January 1, 1964: United Western Recorders: Hollywood, CA
Released: February 3, 1964.
Album: Shut Down Volume 2
Label: Capitol Records

Here are some noteworthy liner notes, from Wikipedia:
The song was written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love about Shirley England, the daughter of the owner of radio station KNAK in Salt Lake City, Utah (not to be confused with the call letters now assigned to a station in Delta, Utah) where she worked as a teenager. She borrowed her father's Ford Thunderbird to go study at the library. Instead of driving to the library, she ended up at a hamburger stand. When her father found out, he took the car away. The next day she was at the radio station complaining about it to the staff while The Beach Boys were visiting and they were inspired to write this song.[2]

The Wilsons' father, Murry, always the critical conservative, denounced the whole idea for the song as immoral, and tried to prevent the group from recording it. The song, backed by a single-only mix of a cover version of Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers' "Why Do Fools Fall In Love", became a top-five hit. This argument set the seed for further deterioration in the family. It finally led to Murry being sacked as The Beach Boys manager a few months later when "I Get Around" was about to become the first number-one single for The Beach Boys.

The opening electric guitar introduction of the original version of the song was based on Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode, which was released in 1958.

The Beach Boys: Fun, Fun, Fun single sleeve cover, Februray 1964

Fun, Fun, Fun
By Brian Wilson & Mike Love

Well, she got her daddy's car
And she cruised through the hamburger stand, now
Seems she forgot all about the library
Like she told her old man, now
And with the radio blastin' goes
Cruisin' just as fast as she can, now

Chorus 1:
And she'll have fun, fun, fun
'Til her daddy takes the T-bird away
(Fun, fun, fun, 'til her daddy takes the T-bird

Verse 2:

Well, the girls can't stand her
'Cause she walks, looks, and drives like an ace,
(You walk like an ace, now, you walk like an ace)
She makes the Indy 500 look like
The Roman chariot race, now
(You look like an ace, now, you look like an ace)
A lot of guys try to catch her
But she leads 'em on a wild goose chase, now
(You drive like an ace, now, you drive like an

[repeat chorus]

Instrumental break (organ/guitar solo):

Verse 3:
Well, you knew all along
That your dad was gettin' wise to you, now
(You shouldn't-a lied, now, you shouldn't-a lied)
And since he took your set of keys
You been thinkin' that your fun is all through
(You shouldn't-a lied, now, you shouldn't-a lied)
But you can come along with me
'Cause we got a lot of things to do now
(You shouldn't-a lied, now, you shouldn't-a lied)

Chorus 2 [2X]:
And we'll have fun, fun, fun
Now that Daddy took the T-bird away
(Fun, fun, fun, now that Daddy took the T-bird

Coda [repeat to fade]:
Fun, fun, fun now that Daddy took the T-bird away

Fun, fun, now that Daddy took the T-bird away


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