Endless Summary Vol. 20: 15 Big Ones


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

  1. “Rock And Roll Music”: Mike covers Chuck Berry.
  2. “It’s OK”: Mike figures there’s nothing wrong with jumping in the hot rod and going down to the beach for a little fun.
  3. “Had To Phone Ya”: The boys just wanted to call and let you know they missed you.
  4. “Chapel Of Love”: Brian covers the Dixie Cups.
  5. “Everyone’s In Love With You”: Mike lets God know that people dig him.
  6. “Talk To Me”: Carl wants his Floridan girlfriend to tell him she loves him.
  7. “That Same Song”: Brian thinks Gregorian chants and rock music are pretty much the same thing, when it comes down to it.
  8. “TM Song”: Al says trancendental meditation works for him even better than expected, and you ought to give it a whirl too.
  9. “Palisades Park”: Carl covers Freddy Cannon.
  10. “Susie Cincinnati” (recorded for Landlocked): Al pays tribute to a cab-driving hooker.
  11. “A Casual Look”: Mike and Al get married before they go overseas on military service (not to each other).
  12. “Blueberry Hill”: Mike covers Fats Domino.
  13. “Back Home”: Brian is excited by the prospect of going home to the farm where he can do chores and go to bed early.
  14. “In The Still Of Night (I’ll Remember)”: Dennis covers the Five Satins.
  15. “Just Once In My Life”: Carl and Brian cover the Righteous Brothers.

5 Responses to “Endless Summary Vol. 20: 15 Big Ones

  1. 1 Anonymous

    A-ha! Repetition eh? I knew you would slip one day.Copy Editors 0, pedantic member of the masses who will never get a real job 1.All the best,Phil

  2. 2 Karla

    It wasn’t repetition! The second version was obviously superior.Though the first one definitely made some good points. Fascinating as always.

  3. 3 Peter Lynn

    I blame Blogger for that.

  4. 4 Scott

    It’s a poor craftsman that blames his tools. Whoo!By the way… Did you start the whole Beach Boys thing just to use the clever “Endless Summary” name? It really is starting to feel endless. Every time there’s a new post I check it to see if Cocamo is in there because I’m pretty sure that whichever album has it is their last one.

  5. 5 Peter Lynn

    That was almost a Ric Flair imitation.I actually started the whole thing, and then came up with the name, and I was pleased about it because I thought it was kind of clever. I wasn’t sure anyone would get it, though. It sure is beginning to feel endless. I’m tempted to wrap it up with the next one, 1977’s The Beach Boys Love You, which seems like the last album worth acknowledging, as the band began to seriously suck hard after that under the direction of Mike Love. “Kokomo” didn’t come out on an album until 1989. Their most recent album is 1996’s Stars and Stripes, Vol. 1. Let us hope that there is never a Vol. 2. There is no reason for a group called The Beach Boys to exist that does not have a single Wilson brother in it.

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