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« on: June 10, 2006, 09:40:26 AM »

I was just thinking the other day about songs that the Beach Boys covered.  I was wondering which ones everyone thought was the best and why?  I do not know all the songs that they covered, but these are the ones I could think of off the top of my head (in no particular order):

Do you wanna dance?, summertime blues, then I kissed her, I'm so young, Louie, Louie, Why do fools fall in love?, Walk on by, Sloop John B, Barbara Ann, ( most of the songs off  the party! album) I can hear music, Come go with me, Rock and Roll Music, Hot fun in the Summer time, Under the Boardwalk, The Little old lady from Pasedena, Long Tall Texan, Papa oo mow mow, Monster Mash, The Letter, California Dreamin, I was made to love her.

I would have to make it a tie between Why do Fools fall in love, and Do you wanna dance.  They are great  songs, which the Beach Boys really made their own.
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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2006, 10:29:29 AM »

"Sloop John B". Without a doubt.
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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2006, 07:04:48 PM »

"Shortenin Bread" ain't bad. I could listen to that a few more times.
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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2006, 10:32:04 PM »

There's On Broadway, I Should Have Known Better, Mountain of Love, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Old Man River, Devoted to You, You Are My Sunshine, Gee, Misirlou, Let's Go Trippin', Cottonfields, Bluebirds Over the Mountain, Never Learn Not To Love, Back in the USSR, School Days, Okie from Muscogee, Moon Dawg, Honky Tonk, tons of Christmas songs, et cetera..

They had their fair share of covers.
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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2006, 04:06:21 AM »

Palisades park was a cover.


My favorite has to be Sloop John B.  Nearly perfect song. 
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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2006, 07:32:47 AM »

Sloop John B for me too.
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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2006, 07:34:31 AM »

Never Learn Not To Love

Since one of the Beach Boys actually got writing credits for that and because they were the first artists to offically record it, that's technically not a cover.
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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2006, 08:57:46 AM »

Jumpin' Jack Flash, Let's Go Trippin', Blueberry Hill
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« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2006, 01:15:59 PM »

'Why Do Fools Fall In Love', without a doubt, it's such an amazing cover.

It  defined brian wilson as the greatest singer of all time to me,
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« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2006, 01:19:24 PM »

i wish some studio beatles stuff would have been done besides the party tunes, with a little help, etc...

perhaps Paper Back Writer, This Boy, Because???  those would have been amazing vocal covers
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« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2006, 03:19:55 PM »

On an interview on XM radio last week, Brian played and sang a couple seconds of a few Beatles songs from Rubber Soul.  Pretty cool. 
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« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2006, 05:34:04 PM »

On an interview on XM radio last week, Brian played and sang a couple seconds of a few Beatles songs from Rubber Soul.  Pretty cool. 

Ooh!  Which ones?

Favorite covers would have to be "Cotton Fields" (Al's version), "Just Once in My Life" and "Hushabye".  In all three cases they were able to better the original, IMO.  Dennis doing "Sea Cruise" is great too!

Apparently Brian recorded a piano-only version of "You Never Give Me Your Money" during the Sunflower sessions.
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« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2006, 06:09:16 PM »

I guess that I forgot a lot of their cover songs.  I have to agree that Hushabye is another great onethat I let off my little attempt at a good list.
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« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2006, 08:07:47 PM »

Never Learn Not To Love

Since one of the Beach Boys actually got writing credits for that and because they were the first artists to offically record it, that's technically not a cover.
What's "official"? Charles Manson recorded many versions of lots of his songs, "Cease To Exist" included, way before 20/20 came out. Taking a self-publishing (though well known in LA at the time) artist's song, claiming that Dennis wrote it, changing the title and releasing it on a major label two years before Manson's version was? Pheh.
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« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2006, 08:58:47 PM »

I shouldn't have said last week, I should have said last year.  If I remember correctly, "Michelle", and "Girl" and maybe another 1 or 2.  He was really animated in that interview, he played a cool version of "Da Doo Ron Ron" on piano. 
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« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2006, 07:08:31 AM »

There were many good covers but my all time favorite, aside from SLB, would have to be I Can Hear Music.  It was the song that brought me back as a fan.  It was just beautiful and just jumped right out of the radio and slapped me around......just pure joy and harmony....just the antidote for that morbid self-absorbed drug music of the late sixties.

Carl Wilson at his best.
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« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2006, 07:47:48 AM »

i hear ya, i can hear music is one of the best covers...and i loved everyminute of it when i first bought 20 More GV...
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« Reply #17 on: June 13, 2006, 08:50:13 AM »

The first half second of it is already one of my favorite moments. Those heavenly BB-vocals....
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« Reply #18 on: June 13, 2006, 11:01:01 AM »

the best covers for me are:
i can hear music, cottonfields, barbara ann, school days and sloop john b
school days from the keepin the summer alive album is bad, but the concert versions are good


then i kissed her and why do fools fall in love is good too
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« Reply #19 on: May 14, 2020, 04:18:12 AM »

OK--this topic has not been posted in for at least 120 days. LOL

But it's the only non-toxic thread on the subject I could find, so back it comes! Grin

At a crucial point in the superb film Never Look Away (original title: Werk ohne Autor), the hero and his wife move from East Germany to the West (this was post-war, pre-wall). The first song they hear when they arrive is (of all things) the original of "Papa Oom Mow Mow" by The Rivingtons:

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« Reply #20 on: May 14, 2020, 06:54:52 AM »

So many great covers to choose from they've done a ton. If I exclude Sloop John B I probably have to go with I can hear music followed closely by then I kissed her. While they've had some clunker cover versions too they've had some magnificent ones as well
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« Reply #21 on: May 14, 2020, 02:17:33 PM »

My vote is for Cottonfields.
Love the "lickety spit" lyrics.
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« Reply #22 on: May 14, 2020, 02:43:19 PM »

Unpopular opinion I know, but i really like Under the Boardwalk. Yeah its dated, and compressed, but Carl and the backing vocals are really soothing. And that smooth guitar hanging in the mix is nice.  Its one of the very few songs off SIP that sound like there was some effort put into it.
It might also be that it was one of the first BB songs I heard. And yeah, the drum machine is a bit much, but it doesn’t bother me.
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« Reply #23 on: May 14, 2020, 04:32:16 PM »

Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring
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« Reply #24 on: May 15, 2020, 02:45:05 PM »

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