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The Beach Boys preview their first new song in two decades

By Andy Greene
RollingStone

The Beach Boys have unveiled a clip of "That's Why God Made the Radio," the first single off their reunion album, which is due to hit shelves this summer. The group split in the late 1990s and toured in separate camps, occasionally firing off nasty lawsuits at each other. Last year, they decided to put the acrimony behind them and reunite for a tour. They've spent the last few months at a Los Angeles studio working on their new album.

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"It's a sentimental thing for me," says Brian Wilson. "We've been together 50 years -- that's a long time." Adds Mike Love, "Conceptually, the album is not going to be anything outlandish or silly, like 'Smiley Smile.' It will be like the Beach Boys circa '65. I'm trying to write lyrics that fit the music without making it sound like you're writing from a hospice."

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The tour starts tonight in Tucson, Ariz., and hits New Orleans' Jazz Fest this weekend.

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Q&A: Original Beach Boy David Marks on the Band's Anniversary Tour

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I have to wonder if they ever considered asking Daryl Dragon (Captain), who was once one of their singers, or the only "Beach Girl" Tonille?  That would have been the cherry on the top of this delicious desert.
Apr 26, 2012 9:49PM
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Love the Beach Boys!  Some of the best concerts I ever saw when I  was younger.  Songs just seem like a great summer day!!  Glad that they are back...don't care how old they are or if the sounds not perfect, just enjoy listening to them!!
Apr 25, 2012 12:36PM
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I think it is great. I also just listened to "Don't Worry Baby" and it made me cry. I am almost 60 years old, and that is the music I remember loving the most. I dont care how old they are, or how many little imperfections in their voices there are, there is no denying this talent. Maybe those of you who only heard the little flaws will think back and find something that you are not as good at today, as you were 50 years ago. No future in trying to find the flaws, no future at all. KEEP ON SINGIN', BOYS!!
Apr 25, 2012 9:28AM
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Look, let's face it...much like the Stones any and all reviews of either the album or tour will have some overreaching superlatives simply because of their place in history, not whether or not they are still relevant in today's landscape. Will their harmonies be tight or music be "classic"? Probably not, just listen to Brian Wilson's latest stuff, and yet everyone bends over backwards praising his "genius", when in reality his best days are long behind him. This is simply a feel-good story, people will see them or buy their latest hoping to once again catch lightning in a bottle, or relive "a better time" in their lives. Me? I'll continue to enjoy my DVD-Audio copy of "Pet Sounds" in glorious surround sound, of a band at their artistic pinnacle.

 

I do wish them the best though...

Apr 24, 2012 11:39PM
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The show in Tucson....WAS FABULOUS....Brought back some great memories of California.

 

Still can't believe it's been 50 years....What a treat...If you get the chance to see them on this tour.

You won't be disappointed.

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