For the past 50 years, The Beach Boys have been making music that really touches the heart and means so much to the fans. The group’s staying power in music is evident from the sold-out audiences coming out to hear the reunited members perform on the 50th Anniversary Tour and on the new release That’s Why God Made The Radio.
Mike Love explains that the decision to get back together after 50 years to celebrate that legacy was simple; more heads put together are better than one.
“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” said Mike Love. “And it’s true with us being together, it is greater than the sum of its parts. We’re all capable of doing our own things, but when we put that aside to get together for this 50th anniversary, it really shows.”
Even after 50 years under their belt, the mentality of the group hasn’t changed one bit. On the new release, The Beach Boys still sing about subjects that have been prominent in all their songs over the years like the beach, romance and cruisin’ in classic cars.
“It’s hard to believe. We don’t think of ourselves as being older. We’re still kids in our heads,” said Al Jardine. “We’re getting back together and singing and having a good time…boy are we lucky. Just to be able to do that together, it’s awesome.”
The Beach Boys’ pioneered a sound that numerous bands through the generation have looked to for inspiration. The group talks about sharing the spotlight during their early days with the biggest groups of the time including The Beatles and The Who.
The group talks about the “friendly rivalry” between other groups and how their harmonies and arrangements helped inspire songs like The Beatles’ “Here, There and Everywhere,” but say that this ongoing competition was all part of the creative process and was nothing but “co-inspirational.”
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