Endless Summary Vol. 9: Pet Sounds


One-sentence capsule summaries of Beach Boys songs, album by album.

  1. “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”: Brian thinks it would be keen if you and he could get married and settle down when you’re a bit older.
  2. “You Still Believe in Me”: Brian knows he’s far from a perfect boyfriend, but he’s grateful that you patiently put up with him.
  3. “That’s Not Me”: Lonely Mike admits he’s not as independent as he’d thought.
  4. “Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)”: Brian just wants to spend a little quiet time with you.
  5. “I’m Waiting for the Day”: Brian is patiently waiting until your broken heart from your last failed relationship ends and you’re ready to move on.
  6. “Let’s Go Away for Awhile”: The studio musicians play an instrumental by Brian.
  7. “Sloop John B”: Brian and Mike cover the traditional folk song about working a disappointing stint as a sailor.
  8. “God Only Knows”: Carl cannot even begin to comprehend how completely lost he’d be if you ever left him.
  9. “I Know There’s an Answer”: Mike, Al, and Brian won’t tell you what to do, and they’d rather you let them figure things out for themselves too.
  10. “Here Today”: Mike doesn’t want to be a wet blanket or anything, but he suspects that you’ll get your heart broken too if you date his ex-girlfriend.
  11. “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times”: Brian says he’s got some great new ideas, but finds that the people around him don’t quite get it, which about sums up his relationship with the band during this period.
  12. “Pet Sounds”: The studio musicians play another instrumental by Brian.
  13. “Caroline, No”: Brian finds that the sweet little girl he once knew has grown up to be kind of a bitch.

3 Responses to “ Endless Summary Vol. 9: Pet Sounds

  1. 1 Marlene

    Remember whe The Beach Boys were regulars on Full House? My favourite episode was when D.J. played “Name That Tune” on the Radio and couldn’t get get the name so she said, “Help me, Gibbler” and the radio guy said, “What’d you say?” and then Danny, Joey and Jesse said, “Help me, Rhonda!”. What excitment! The whole Tanner family got to be on stage to sing “Cocamo”! What haven’t those Olsen twins done?!

  2. 2 Marlene

    They also got to sing “Bob or Anne”

  3. 3 Peter Lynn

    Of course, the song is actually called “Barbara Ann”. Although your version gives a curiously bisexual flair to the lyrics “Tried Peggy Sue / tried Betty Lou / tried Mary Lou / but I knew she wouldn’t do / Bob or Ann /Take my hand.”

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