“Surfin' U.S.A.” - The Beach Boys
Album: Surfin' U.S.A.
The lyrics are basically a guide to good surf locations, but the “Surfin' U.S.A.” music was based on Chuck Berry's 1958 hit "Sweet Little Sixteen" . The Beach Boys did it as a tribute to Berry, but didn't get his permission first - maybe because Berry was in jail for transporting a minor across state lines. When Berry threatened to sue, The Beach Boys agreed to give him most of the royalties and list him as the song's composer. The song also helped build Berry's legend while he served his time.
David Marks, who was a guitarist in The Beach Boys from 1961-1963, explains that he and Carl Wilson would play guitars every day after school, and one day Carl brought home the album “Is On Top” . They loved the album and introduced Berry's sound to Brian Wilson, who loved the rhythm parts and put together “Surfin' U.S.A.” based on that sound. Brian changed the lyrics and added a hook, but it is basically a rewrite of Berry's “Sweet Little Sixteen”.
Many of the early Beach Boys' songs were about surfing. Dennis Wilson was the only Beach Boy who actually surfed, but surfing was a very popular at the time, especially with teenagers who bought records. For The Beach Boys, the surfing subculture gave them an opportunity to write songs about adventure and fun while exploring vocal harmonies and new production techniques. And while the majority of Americans didn't surf, the songs represented California, which was considered new and modern and a great place to be. Surfing, and California by extension, became more about a state of mind.
This is a very early Beach Boys song, following up their first hit “Surfin' Safari” . Brian Wilson was gaining confidence as a producer, and this song marks the emergence of what would become the Beach Boys signature sound over the next few years. Wilson got the most of 1963 studio technology, and managed to create a sound with bright guitars and sophisticated background vocals - something he accomplished with double-tracking. Brian also used his falsetto vocals in the chorus to offset Mike Love's lead.
Carl Wilson came up with the guitar intro, which is reminiscent of Duane Eddy's “Moving and Grooving” . Wilson explained: “On 'Surfin' U.S.A.” , Brian wanted an opening lick and I just did this Duane Eddy riff. “I was worried that it had been on another record, but what the hell. That was the first time we were aware we could make a really powerful record. For the first time, we thought the group sounded good enough to be played with anything on the radio.”.
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Image: “Surfin' U.S.A.” by The Beach Boys
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Joke of the Day
Meet Jack Schitt
Jack is the only son of Awe Schitt and O. Schitt, and he has an interesting family tree:
In 1957, Awe Schitt, the fertilizer magnate, married O. Schitt, the owner of Needeep N. Schitt, Inc.
They had one son, Jack.
Jack Schitt grew up and married Noe, and together Jack and Noe Schitt produced 6 children:
• Holie Schitt (who came to be known as “The Lucky Schitt”)
• Fulla Schitt
• Shineola (who didn't really have the Schitt Face)
• Giva Schitt
• Bull Schitt (who really looked like Schitt, the father), and the twins: Dip Schitt and Deap Schitt.
Dip Schitt was not very bright, and was known as “The stupid Schitt”, and she married Dumb Schitt, a high school dropout who happened to share the same last name (no relation, however). Friends affectionately nicknamed them “The Schitts”. Their marriage produced no little Schitts.
The other twin, Deap Schitt, went on to build a deodorant empire, which became famous for its slogan: “Smell Like Schitt”. Interestingly, that slogan only worked in the United States, and another slogan was more popular in the U.K.: “Put a dab of Schitt on your pits.” When the company launched its product into Australia, a third slogan was used successfully: “Smell Like Schitt Down Under”.
But soon, trouble developed and Noe Schitt divorced Jack and promptly married a nice man named Ted Sherlock, but being a modern woman, she decided to hyphenate her name. She become known as Noe Schitt-Sherlock.
Jack was depressed at losing Noe, but he, too, remarried a nice lady named Loda. The blushing bride, Loda Schitt, produced a son of nervous disposition, whom they named Chicken Schitt.
Jack and Loda went on to produce two more boys, Krappy Schitt and Ugglee Schitt.
These athletic brothers, Krappy and Ugglee, married the stunningly beautiful Happens Sisters in a dual ceremony.
The “Schitt-Happens” Wedding was a huge affair, and this union also produced many offspring:
• Dawg Schitt
• Byrd Schitt
• Hoarse Schitt
• and Pigh Schitt.
But once again, Jack lost his love for his wife, and left to tour the world. He recently returned from an extended visit to Italy with his newest bride, Pisa.
Presently Jack Schitt and his 3rd wife, Pisa Schitt, are living without children in New Jersey on property which contains a stream of water, now known to the locals as “Schitt Creek”.
(From now on, nobody can say you don't know Jack Schitt!)