The Beach Boys and Lane Steinberg – “Tidal Wave”
Having become aware, as I occasionally do, that I have a blog, I’ve also remembered that there’s something I like to post on weekends now and then: music videos. This one comes from your favorite Internet humorist, Jay Pinkerton, although he doesn’t know it. It was Jay who pointed me to this Metafilter thread about a capella outtakes from the Beach Boys’ masterpiece, Pet Sounds, which I enjoyed so much that I vowed to download the entire Pet Sounds Sessions box set, only to find that I already had done so, months ago.
I was gratified to see that one poster there had linked to Hogpig’s “Fuck You, Mike Love” video; not only have I posted this before in my capacity as one of the Internet’s preeminent Mike Love haters, but it appears that I actually aided Hogpig in the research stage of the project. (I returned the favour — using my girlfriend’s Metafilter account — with a link to a YouTube playlist of the Purple Chick SMiLE, a fan-made mix that aims to show what the legendary album might have sounded like if released in the sixties, taking Brian Wilson’s finished version from 2004 as a guide.)
But I was even more gratified to find a link to the song featured here, which takes “Trombone Dixie”, an instrumental outtake from Pet Sounds, and grafts onto it a vocal by someone named Lane Steinberg, who does a pretty good Brian Wilson impersonation. Retitled “Tidal Wave”, the result is so remarkably faithful to the Brian Wilson sound of that era that it seems almost like a lost Beach Boys treasure miraculously unearthed from the vaults, producing a revelatory effect akin to when fans finally heard the essentially lyricless 1967 Smile outtake “I Love to Say Da-Da” completed in 2004 with extra vocals as “In Blue Hawaii”. Thanks for finishing “Trombone Dixie”, Mr. Steinberg. Prepare for the inevitable Mike Love lawsuit over the royalties.
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