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I Get Around
by The Beach Boys
As usual, my all-consuming 'Beatles' obsession of the time was an obstacle to appreciating how energetic and driven (literally!) this song was. At ten years old though, that was probably to be expected - I mean, who really learns about the ability for expansive thinking at that age?

Most of their records had a kind of tinny, echo-ey tinge to them, which I found puzzling at first (I later learned all about the influence on Brian Wilson of producer Phil Spector, his "Wall of Sound", and Wilson's "adaptation" of that process in 'The Beach Boys' own production work). The harmonies were pretty impossible to ignore though - of all the various aspects in music, vocal harmony was easily the most prominent influence on my appreciation and enjoyment of music in future years.

'The Beach Boys':
:: Their original group name, 'The Pendletones', was a play on words (combining the popular "Pendleton" shirt with "tone", as in musical terms). ...
:: Brian Wilson took five tries to finally get his driving licence. He was sometimes failed for "driving in a distracted manner" - on one occasion for constantly fiddling with the car radio dials during his test. ...
:: In 1968, drummer Dennis Wilson was actually serial killer Charles Manson's roommate! (They lived together for the spring and summer of that year on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles.)

In #1964 :
:: Driverless trains began running on the London Underground network. Automation of their powered rolling stock was first introduced on the Hainault to Woodford section of the Central Line on April 5th. ...
:: The first ever "Spaghetti Western" film premiered on September 12th this year. "A Fistful of Dollars" starred Clint Eastwood in his first movie leading role, was directed by Sergio Leone, and featured the dystopic and atmospheric music of Ennio Morricone. ...
:: On December 7th, George Harrison changed his personal music publishing company's name to 'Harrisongs' (he had first formed it as 'Mornyork' just a few months earlier).

US: No. 1 - UK: No. 7
1964 - Capitol - United States - Not blocked anywhere
Posted: 24th August 2019
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For a few years in the 1960s, London was the world capital of cool, reflecting all things hip and fashionable which had been growing in the popular British imagination throughout the decade. Music was also a huge part of London's swing - Liverpool had 'The Beatles' and the London sound was a mix of bands like 'The Who', 'The Kinks', the 'Small Faces' and 'The Rolling Stones'. Hopefully, you'll catch a flavour of all this from my posts here.
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