The Worst Beach Boys Song Ever

Message Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed

As scientifically voted on by you, the esteemed afficionados of ILM. All albums featuring all three Wilson Bros + Mike Love were polled, with the "winner" of each album included in the options below. Good Vibrations included for extra challops option. With any luck, I will be posting links of the individual songs for consideration.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Student Demonstration Time (Surf's Up) 12
Chapel of Love (15 Big Ones) 5
Good Vibrations (Smiley Smile) 4
Transcendental Meditation (Friends) 2
Bluebirds Over the Mountain (20/20) 2
Deirdre (Sunflower) 2
Belles of Paris (M.I.U.) 2
Mount Vernon and Fairway (A Fairy Tale) (Holland) 1
Love Is a Woman (Love You) 1
How She Boogalooed It (Wild Honey) 1
Little Girl (You're My Miss America) (Surfin' Safari - *tie*) 0
Stoked (Surfin' USA) 0
Ballad of Ole' Betsy (Little Deuce Coupe) 0
Denny's Drums (Shut Down Vol 2) 0
Carl's Big Chance (All Summer Long) 0
Dance, Dance, Dance (Today!) 0
Salt Lake City (Summer Days and Summer Nights) 0
Medley: I Get Around/Little Deuce Coupe (Party!) 0
Pet Sounds (Pet Sounds) 0
Lady Lynda (L.A./Light Album) 0
He Come Down (Carl and the Passions/So Tough) 0
Summertime Blues (Surfin' Safari - *tie*) 0


Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 23:14 (5 years ago) Permalink

student demo i guess.
i like baot half of these worst songs

wilter, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 23:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

wtf? this song is not about Lynda Carter btw

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 23:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 23:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 23:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

people! plz don't vote SDT without first giving the other bad songs a chance.

songs like uh...'good vibrations'

iatee, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 23:24 (5 years ago) Permalink

unfortunately I can't find links for a lot of these songs. Presumably because they are not, um, well-loved....

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 23:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

I'm not sure what I'm going to vote for, these songs are all bad in so many different ways (ie, youthful ineptitude vs. middle-aged insanity, etc.)

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 23:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

can i just vote mike love

tylerw, Thursday, 11 June 2009 01:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

Salt Lake City is great! (song not city) Easily #2 or #3 best of locale-based Beach Boys songs.

Philip Nunez, Thursday, 11 June 2009 01:20 (5 years ago) Permalink




abanana, Thursday, 11 June 2009 02:06 (5 years ago) Permalink




abanana, Thursday, 11 June 2009 02:10 (5 years ago) Permalink


abanana, Thursday, 11 June 2009 02:14 (5 years ago) Permalink

"Good Vibrations"? I don't get it...Is it a different version from the single, or is that an ironic joke that went right past me? (And shouldn't "Kokomo" be on the list?)

clemenza, Thursday, 11 June 2009 02:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

Okay, I reread the into and I get the absence of "Kokomo" now.

clemenza, Thursday, 11 June 2009 02:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

good vibrations will probably win in a landslide

tylerw, Thursday, 11 June 2009 02:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

good vibrations will probably win in a landslide
― tylerw, Thursday, June 11, 2009 2:49 AM (1 minute ago) Bookmark

..thereby rendering this poll completely useless

billstevejim, Thursday, 11 June 2009 02:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

"Good Vibrations"? I don't get it...Is it a different version from the single, or is that an ironic joke that went right past me? (And shouldn't "Kokomo" be on the list?)

the challopsy reasoning is that it doesn't fit on the album it was released on (Smiley Smile) and is thus "the worst track" on that particular album, since it stands out like a sore thumb. Which is true - but in no way does that make it a BAD song, and none of the people who voted for it actually argued that it was a bad song as such. Which is fucking annoying, but... y'know, what can I say, democracy just doesn't work.

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 11 June 2009 15:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

ahhhhahaa, just watched that Lady Lynda youtube video. youtube is so weird. Lynda Carter was a serious fox tho, cannot deny it. And the song isn't toooooo bad. Maybe the visuals helped.

tylerw, Thursday, 11 June 2009 15:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

thz for doin the add'l youtube diggin abanana.

wtf with that TM video

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 11 June 2009 15:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

"Good Vibrations" ought to win this.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Thursday, 11 June 2009 17:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

I can't vote, because somehow "Amusement Parks, USA" didn't make it on here

francisF, Thursday, 11 June 2009 18:20 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeah that was edged out by Salt Lake City

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 11 June 2009 18:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

voted deirdre. really, really can't stand that song.

iatee, Thursday, 11 June 2009 18:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

SDT Duh!

Geir Hongro, Thursday, 11 June 2009 21:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

I'm surprised the Mike Love Factor is only present in, at best, five or so of these songs.

fit and working again, Thursday, 11 June 2009 22:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

^^^was thinking this myself. For all his horrible behavior, the other bandmembers were more than eager to muddy the waters with substandard product and their own poorly conceived failures... even so I'm still kinda leaning towards SDT, although Belles of Paris is really, really REALLY bad. It lacks the questionable politics, but its worse in its own way

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 11 June 2009 22:44 (5 years ago) Permalink

can't find a youtube link for it unfortunately

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 11 June 2009 22:44 (5 years ago) Permalink

here's the lyrics tho (for the uninitiated)

Bells are ringing, soul of France
Bells are singing of romance

C'est tres jolie en Paris in the spring
Watching all the lovers walk along the Seine
Pitch a penny in her like a wishing well
Feed the pigeons in the park near Tour-Eifelle

Bells are ringing, soul of France
Bells are singing of romance

There's a chapel "Sacre Coure" in quaint Montmarte
In the open air the painters show their art
In the restaurant sip a beaujolies
What a perfect way to spend a lovely day

Bells are ringing, soul of France
Bells are singing of romance

Sunday morning, hear the bells of Notre Dame
Watching belles jeunes filles and the handsome gendarmes
Near the Arc De Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees
Coffee and croissants in a sidewalk cafe

Some people go to see the races at Deauville
Or weekend by the racing tides of Mont San Michelle
Some take the tour of Chartres on an autobus
While the writers and the artists never leave Mont Parnasse

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 11 June 2009 22:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

Those instrumentals and covers beat out a lot of the Mike's finest moments.

fit and working again, Thursday, 11 June 2009 22:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

SDT is the obvious choice here but I may be swayed by either Deirdre or Belles.

fit and working again, Thursday, 11 June 2009 23:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

the thing about the early covers/instrumentals is that - while they are indeed pretty poor - you can't really hold them against the band. They were young and inexperienced, they were putting out four albums a year (!), they didn't really know any better, etc. But by the time you get around to the 70s stuff, they really don't have any excuses for some of the crap that's nominated here - they were experienced musicians with big budgets and plenty of opportunities for quality control.

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 11 June 2009 23:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I mostly didn't vote for the instrumentals in those polls for exactly that reason.

fit and working again, Thursday, 11 June 2009 23:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

SDT is the obvious choice

Yes x 9999999999999999 .. voting for good vibrations just means you have no brain

billstevejim, Friday, 12 June 2009 00:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

Voted STD without looking at the rest of the thread. It's just one big lemon face. No no no no no.

"Good Vibrations" ought to win this.

This faction is in on some joke that I'm not, right? You can't be serious.

Brundlefly (kenan), Friday, 12 June 2009 00:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

Um... SDT.

HA!

Brundlefly (kenan), Friday, 12 June 2009 00:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 15 June 2009 23:01 (5 years ago) Permalink

Why do people hate Deirdre? It's quite a sweet song with a nice brass break.

dog latin, Monday, 15 June 2009 23:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

trombone break I should say.

dog latin, Monday, 15 June 2009 23:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

I'm voting Belles of Paris. At least with SDT Mike Love is kinda trying - albeit in a misguided way - there's a certain level of effort involved, to be "relevant", to "rock", whatever. And the backing track isn't so terrible on its own, even if there isn't anything particularly creative about it. With Belles of Paris its just straight up horrible hacky laziness ("hey guys, let's write a song about PARIS!"), the music is horrible, the lyrics are tossed off drivel heavy on forced, groaner rhymes.

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 15 June 2009 23:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

I went for Chapel Of Love - unforgiveable shit.

dog latin, Tuesday, 16 June 2009 00:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

SDT above Belles because of context: it's on a record that includes Till I Die and Surf's Up. Belles is just one of many shit songs on an album most people won't bother with.

fit and working again, Tuesday, 16 June 2009 14:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

And the 'message' of the song is more crass than just hacky laziness.

fit and working again, Tuesday, 16 June 2009 14:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

SDT is terrible for the Beach Boys, because it's boring 70s rockplod, but if a boring 70s rockplod band had done it, it wouldn't be so offensive.

Then in walked Barbara Castle with the Lady Eleanor (Tom D.), Tuesday, 16 June 2009 14:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

"Belles of Paris" and "Chapel of Love" are just fuggin' awful. But I'm voting for the "Fairy Tale", because it's offensively awful and, there's no other word that can be used, self-indulgent

Then in walked Barbara Castle with the Lady Eleanor (Tom D.), Tuesday, 16 June 2009 14:53 (5 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 16 June 2009 23:01 (5 years ago) Permalink

lolz foregone conclusiosn

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 16 June 2009 23:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

conclusions even

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 16 June 2009 23:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

I'm still pissed off that Deirdre even made it in here. Listen to the fucking arrangements yeah?!

dog latin, Tuesday, 16 June 2009 23:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

Although I've now enqueued all these songs into Winamp.

dog latin, Tuesday, 16 June 2009 23:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

I'm still pissed off that Deirdre even made it in here. Listen to the fucking arrangements yeah?!

I'm glad yr mad about that and not the four votes (!) that Good Vibrations got

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 16 June 2009 23:48 (5 years ago) Permalink

im pissed about Bluebirds Over the Mountain, that song is funn!

wilter, Tuesday, 16 June 2009 23:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

Good Vibrations, well I voted for it in the Smiley Smile one for reasons explained above, but no it's not their worst song of course.

dog latin, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 00:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

There's like fifty Beach Boys songs worse than Student Demonstration Time!!

Mr. Snrub, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 00:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

Four ILM members are nuts.

Geir Hongro, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 02:24 (5 years ago) Permalink

i assume those are lolvotes?

Thanks, Casey Westcott Fleet Foxes (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 02:26 (5 years ago) Permalink

There's like fifty Beach Boys songs worse than Student Demonstration Time!!

hey, the voters have spoken (but I am curious what you think is worse and if any of them are on this list)

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 03:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

"How She Boogalooed It" is so awesome can't believe that's on here

surfboard dudes get wiped out, totally, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 04:30 (5 years ago) Permalink

There's like fifty Beach Boys songs worse than Student Demonstration Time!!

20+ polls have proved this wrong.

fit and working again, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 15:26 (5 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Anyone know where i can hear Stars & Stripes Vol 1 online? I have a very morbid curiosity to hear it.

reallysmoothmusic (Jamie_ATP), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 18:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

God, I hate the fucking Beach Boys

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Wednesday, 6 April 2011 19:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

'"Cassius" Love Vs. "Sonny" Wilson' should be on this list, unless it doesn't qualify as a song. But it makes it impossible to listen to what would have been an awesome first side of "Shut Down Vol. 2" straight through.

Why is a song about "Transcendental Meditation" so loud, dischordant, and dissonant? (I agree with the David Leaf liner notes that "I Went To Sleep", recorded during the Friends sessions, should have closed the album instead. OTOH, he disses "Good To My Baby" which I think is a great song.

"Dance, Dance, Dance" doesn't belong on this list at all. If there's any downer on 'Today', it's "Don't Hurt My Little Sister", or maybe their cover of "I'm So Young" - neither is bad, just not up to the brilliant level of the rest of the album.

"Good Vibrations" wouldn't have "belonged" on Smile, either, by the logic used here. It dates from the Pet Sounds sessions, but wasn't finished in time.

Lee626, Wednesday, 6 April 2011 20:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

'"Cassius" Love Vs. "Sonny" Wilson' should be on this list, unless it doesn't qualify as a song. But it makes it impossible to listen to what would have been an awesome first side of "Shut Down Vol. 2" straight through.

Worst Beach Boys Song on Shut Down Vol 2 - Part 18 in an Ongoing Series

in my world of loose geirs (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 20:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

God, I hate the fucking Beach Boys

― If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Wednesday, 6 April 2011 20:22 (1 hour ago) Bookmark

SB

Evil Eau (dog latin), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 20:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm So Young is amazing!

Evil Eau (dog latin), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 20:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

Cassius Love does break the album up a bit, but it brings the LOLs. Mickey Mouse with a sore throat.

Evil Eau (dog latin), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 20:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

haha so sad I missed this thread. For that ILM compilation series I claimed the Beach Boys and was planning on doing a best-of and worst-of but never got around to it. Bonus track: Mike Love, "Almost Summer."

You can email me through ILX mail if you really want to hear Stars & Stripes. It's a depressing listen - the Beach Boys reduced to backup singers for second-rate country hacks. One wonders what Volume 2 would have sounded like.

skip, Wednesday, 6 April 2011 21:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

Tempted, but...

Shit no who am I kidding, I won't listen to it.

Evil Eau (dog latin), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 21:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

i sort of like willie nelson singing the warmth of the sun.

but i like willie nelson singing almost anything. could do w/o the beach men on this one tbh.

tylerw, Wednesday, 6 April 2011 21:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

with Dennis dead and Brian AWOL you can just assume nothing worthwhile was produced. I guess there's Carl but he had long since ceased being a serious creative force (is Carl even on that Stars and Stripes thing?)

in my world of loose geirs (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 21:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

wtf is Brian doing there

xp

in my world of loose geirs (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 21:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

making willie uncomfortable?

tylerw, Wednesday, 6 April 2011 21:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Shut Down Vol. 2" has got to be one of the most uneven albums ever made....

I've read that their lifeless cover of "Louie Louie" sounds that way because it was recorded before they heard the now-definitive Kingsmen version, which was just starting its run up the charts when SDV2 was recorded. "Louie" was previously a minor hit, especially in California, by a group called the Wailers (no relation to Bob Marley's backup band) and Paul Revere and the Raiders, and their versions, like the Beach Boys', more closely mimic the 1957 Richard Berry original recording.

Lee626, Wednesday, 6 April 2011 21:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

obviously I take back the second-rate country hacks comment for Willie Nelson. But look at the rest of the soloists:

Lorrie Morgan
James House
Junior Brown
Doug Supernaw
Sawyer Brown
Toby Keith
Ricky Van Shelton
T. Graham Brown
Collin Raye
Kathy Troccoli
Timothy B. Schmit

for fuck's sake, couldn't they have done better than that??

skip, Wednesday, 6 April 2011 21:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

god only knows

what the answer to this is! teehee

uberweiss, Wednesday, 6 April 2011 22:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

I only recognize like 2 of those names

in my world of loose geirs (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 22:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

One could easily argue that "Heroes and Villains" doesn't "belong" on Smiley Smile any more than "Good Vibrations". It certainly doesn't sound anything like the rest of the album (except perhaps "GV") and at least part of it was recorded before Smile was abandoned.

Lee626, Wednesday, 6 April 2011 22:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

the Good Vibrations votes are just challops

in my world of loose geirs (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 22:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

sad that deirdre and mount vernon are on this list

colby, Wednesday, 6 April 2011 23:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

This song should've been nominated at least:

reggaeton for the painfully alone (polyphonic), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 23:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

we didn't got past 1980 for a reason

in my world of loose geirs (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 23:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

Junior Brown's good.

Handjobs for a sport (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 7 April 2011 00:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

Wtf was that video?

Evil Eau (dog latin), Thursday, 7 April 2011 01:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

we really ought to have a "worst unreleased Beach Boys song ever" thread. it just doesn't seem fair that a song as excruciating as this was never even eligible for inclusion:

administratieve blunder (unregistered), Thursday, 7 April 2011 04:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

thanks skip, downloading now.

reallysmoothmusic (Jamie_ATP), Thursday, 7 April 2011 07:38 (3 years ago) Permalink


You must be logged in to post. Please either login here, or if you are not registered, you may register here.