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Hear Lorde, Sam Smith, and just about everyone else cover the Beach Boys' 'God Only Knows'


God only knows how this came together…

In celebration of the launch of BBC Music, the BBC released an all-star cover of the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows.” It is a sort-of sequel to the BBC’s 1997 all-star cover of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day.”

In its fantastical video, complete with butterflies, diamonds, and a trip into the sky, Brian Wilson, the songwriter, is joined by myriad talent. Participants include: Lorde, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Florence Welch, One Direction, Pharrell, Chris Martin, Dave Grohl, Sam Smith,  and many, many, many more.

Watch, and be amazed, below:


Brian Wilson on being 'fired' from the Beach Boys: 'I was completely blindsided'

If there’s a lesson to be learned from the last few days in the saga of the Beach Boys, it’s that when dealing with conflict, it’s probably best to just sit down and talk about it, rather than release competing articles in the Los Angeles Times and make us feel sad for everyone involved.

Last week, Beach Boy Mike Love (who, like Axl Rose before him, controls the rights to the name of the band that made him famous) wrote a lengthy piece in the Times about how, contrary to the reports in the mean old media, he did not “fire” Brian Wilson from the group for a run of tour dates in the fall.

Not to be outdone, Wilson countered with a lengthy newspaper-hosted diatribe of his own this morning. “As far as I know I can’t be fired—that wouldn’t be cool,” Wilson wrote. “The negativity surrounding all the comments bummed me out. What’s confusing is that by Mike not wanting or letting Al, David and me tour with the band, it sort of feels like we’re being fired.” READ FULL STORY

Mike Love: 'I would never fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys'

Last week, just as the Beach Boys were wrapping up their 50th anniversary reunion tour and celebrating the opening of an exhibit dedicated to them at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, Mike Love made the announcement that he would be continuing on with more Beach Boys tour dates without the assistance of Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, or David Marks. That led to Wilson giving this heartbreaking quote to CNN: “I’m disappointed and can’t understand why he doesn’t want to tour with Al, David and me. We are out there having so much fun. After all, we are the real Beach Boys.”

Love was deeply upset when people reacted badly to the idea that he had dismissed Wilson, so he clarified the situation in the pages of the Los Angeles Times. “Let me get right to it: I did not fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys,” he wrote. “I cannot fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys. I am not his employer. I do not have such authority. And even if I did, I would never fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys. I love Brian Wilson. We are partners. He’s my cousin by birth and my brother in music.”

Love explained that the dates he’ll be playing without Wilson were already booked prior to the big reunion, and that he was never supposed to play those dates in the first place. READ FULL STORY

Beach Boys drop first new reunion song 'That's Why God Made The Radio': Hear it here

During one of the wildest scenes in a particularly unhinged episode of Mad Men this past Sunday, Roger Sterling took an acid trip with the assistance of the smooth sounds of the Beach Boys’ “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times.” It was a perfect use of an excellent song, fully encapsulating the strange passing of time, the frivolity of youth, and the melancholy of loneliness.

In 50 years, perhaps a television show that takes place in 2012 will use “That’s Why God Made the Radio,” the just-released Beach Boys’ reunion single. What sort of scene should this new track underscore? Give it a listen below to get your synapses firing. READ FULL STORY

The Beach Boys to reunite with Brian Wilson for 50th anniversary tour and album

The Beach Boys offically announced today that they are reuniting with founding member and chief songwriter Brian Wilson for a 50th-anniversary tour and album.

The 50-date international tour will kick off in April with a headlining performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the reunited lineup has already recorded several songs for the new album, including a new version of their 1968 hit, “Do It Again.”

The album will be released next year by Capitol and is being produced by Brian Wilson. Capitol/EMI also plans to commemorate the Beach Boys’ half century-long career by releasing a new hits collection and career-spanning box set. READ FULL STORY

Brian Wilson to complete unfinished Gershwin songs

Acclaimed early-20th-century composer George Gershwin’s estate has asked onetime Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson to try his hand at finishing some rare, unfinished Gershwin compositions. The completed songs—along with covers of Gershwin classics—will appear on the scruffy pop genius’s next solo album, to be released through a Walt Disney Records imprint.

“He had a gift for melody that nobody has ever equaled,” Wilson says of Gershwin. “The earliest music I remember hearing is ‘Rhapsody in Blue.’ Along with Irving Berlin, Gershwin basically invented the popular song.” Indeed; see below:

Following on the heels of this record will be another covers project — only this time the source material isn’t America’s greatest composer, but rather America’s richest mouse. Wilson plans on doing a covers album of classic Disney songs that he intends to “Brian-ize.” That record better include a version of “Under the Sea” with Beach Boys harmonies, or we’ll be very disappointed.

What do you think the Gershwin-Wilson album might sound like—“Rhapsody in Little Deuce Coupe?” “Oh Lady, Be Good Vibrations?” “God Only Knows I Got Rhythm?” Or should he call the whole thing off?

Which Gershwin and Disney tunes would you love to hear given the Wilson treatment?

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