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Author Topic: Whats the deal with the Hondells?  (Read 412 times)
chewy
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« on: August 21, 2020, 11:40:36 PM »

Jan and Dean / Sidewalk surfin I get but what is up with the Hondells.  Did they have to ask Brian Wilson to cover that.  Why did they want to do that as their song so bad?
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2020, 12:06:23 AM »

They were assembled and produced by Brian's writing partner Gary Usher. Gary probably heard Little Honda and thought there was hit potential there for a motorcycle themed group. Pretty dumb, but surf and cars had worked for others so I'm sure it seemed worth a try.

I doubt the plan was for the Hondells to be a group that would continue recording - Gary was probably just looking for a one-off novelty hit. He wouldn't have needed Brian and Mike's permission to produce a cover but I'm sure they were aware and doubt they took issue - just more potential income for them as songwriters.
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