The Seaside Boys Love You is the twenty first studio album by American rock band the Seaside Boys, launched April 11, 1977 on Brother/Reprise. Usually referred to as the band’s “punk” album,[1] Love You is distinguished for its pioneering use of synthesizers and its juxtaposition of adolescent-oriented lyrics with the middle-aged band members’ tough vocals.

The album was largely recorded in late 1976 on the band’s Brother Studios. Initially deliberate as Brian Loves You, it’s basically a solo mission by Brian Wilson, who wrote virtually all the materials and performed practically each instrument on the file, together with keyboards, synthesizers, and drums. Love You marked the primary time he was given full management of a Seaside Boys album for the reason that Smile periods in 1967. His bandmates primarily served as further vocalists, though Carl Wilson was credited as “mixdown producer”.

Engineer Earle Mankey described the work as “critical”, “autobiographical”, and “frighteningly correct” to Brian’s character. The subject material of the 14 songs ranges from the planetary system and curler skating to adolescent sexuality and infants. Wilson additionally included tributes to his spouse, daughters, and mistress, in addition to his idols Phil Spector and Johnny Carson. Though it was met with near-unanimous crucial acclaim, some listeners discovered the album’s weird, childlike high quality to be a detriment. The file offered poorly, peaking at quantity 53 on the U.S. Billboard 200.

Love You has since been acknowledged for contributions to synth-pop and new wave. A follow-up, Grownup/Baby, was accomplished by the group, however left unreleased. Wilson later referred to Love You as his life-defining work, and his most creatively fulfilling since Pet Sounds (1966). It was the final album he wrote and produced till his first solo LP, Brian Wilson (1988), and his final that was created with out important interference from outsiders.


Brian Wilson producing 15 Massive Ones at Brother Studios in early 1976.

Following a interval of semi-inactivity, in late 1975, Wilson grew to become a affected person beneath psychologist Eugene Landy’s radical 24-hour remedy program.[3][4] Underneath Landy’s care, he grew to become extra steady and socially engaged, along with his productiveness rising as soon as once more.[5][6] In the course of the latter half of 1976, Wilson grew to become an everyday member of the band’s touring line-up for the primary time since 1964.[7] The tagline “Brian’s Again!” grew to become a significant promotional device for the group’s live performance excursions, in addition to their July launch 15 Massive Ones, the primary Seaside Boys LP that reached the U.S. high 10 with new materials since Pet Sounds (1966), and their first that credited Wilson as the only real producer since Pet Sounds.[8]

15 Massive Ones, which consisted of an equal share of canopy songs and originals, got here as a disappointment for many followers and the group members themselves.[9] In a recent interview, Wilson acknowledged that the album was “nothing too deep”, however promised that the band’s subsequent launch could be “a masterpiece” on par with “Good Vibrations” (1966).[9][nb 1] It was to be the second-to-last album owed to their file firm, Warner Bros., as their contract had been set to run out in July 1977.[11][12]

From July to August 1976, Wilson joined his bandmates on a U.S. tour, after which he produced a big assortment of studio recordings, largely by himself whereas the opposite Seaside Boys had been preoccupied with their very own private and artistic affairs.[13] Throughout this era, in late 1976, Dennis Wilson recorded his first solo album Pacific Ocean Blue (1977), Carl Wilson produced Ricci Martin’s Beached (1977), Mike Love taught Transcendental Meditation, and Al Jardine frolicked along with his household.[14]

Requested in a December 1976 interview about his emotions on a solo profession, Brian responded that he wish to launch a solo album, nevertheless, he didn’t need to take care of the inner-band politics that might consequence from him turning into a solo artist. “They need to maintain the fabric for the Seaside Boys, too; a solo album would take away from Seaside Boys gross sales. It will break up the group up an excessive amount of – and I do not suppose that might be good.”[15][nb 2]


Love You was largely recorded in October and November 1976 on the band’s Brother Studios in Santa Monica, California.[16] Demo recordings, by which Brian previewed his new songs for his bandmates, had been captured at a Brother Studios session in fall 1976. The demoed songs had been “Airplane”, “I will Wager He is Good”, “It is Over Now”, “Let’s Put Our Hearts Collectively”, “Love Is a Girl”, “Little Kids”, “Mona”, and “Nonetheless I Dream Of It.”[17] In 2021, 5 of those demo recordings had been formally launched as downloadables on Wilson’s official web site.[18]

The Love You periods marked the primary time that Brian was given full reign on a brand new Seaside Boys album for the reason that Smile periods in 1967.[14] He wrote virtually your entire album and carried out practically each instrument, together with keyboards, synthesizers, and drums.[19] Carl and Dennis contributed some instrumentation, whereas Jardine and Love had been not often current for the periods,[20][21] and in the end each member of the band sang a number of lead vocals.[20] In biographer Peter Ames Carlin’s estimation, “it was basically [Brian’s] solo album”,[21] whereas biographer Christian Matijas-Mecca concurred that it was successfully “a Brian Wilson solo album with solely transient contributions by different members of the band who added their elements after the majority of the work was completed.”[22]

Synthesizers such because the Minimoog had been closely employed on Love You

Contrasting his earlier data, which used orchestras of natural devices, digital sounds pervade Love You, with Brian extra reliant on the Moog synthesizer than he had been on 15 Massive Ones.[20] The entire bass traces had been carried out by him on ARP and Moog synthesizers.[23] Biographer Mark Dillon atrributed the file’s “oddball sound” on to Wilson’s use of those devices.[20] Jardine acknowledged, “The Minimoogs are in every single place.”[24] Wilson mentioned his use of synthesizers was partly influenced by Wendy Carlos’ Switched-On Bach (1969).[25] Like on 15 Massive Ones, Dennis’ and Brian’s vocals appeared tough and strained.[20] Carlin describes Brian’s singing type on Love You as a “gravelly, messed-up baritone and sometimes barely off-key. .. in some methods it virtually seems like a suicidal gesture.”[26]

Brother workers engineer Earle Mankey, who had additionally labored on 15 Massive Ones, recalled that Wilson appeared to exert extra self-discipline in the course of the Love You periods, working usually from 10 or 11 A.M. to the early afternoon.[27] He mentioned that, in contrast to prior events, Wilson took the initiative to file within the studio “as a substitute of being pressured into it.”[28] Carl was credited on the Love You liner notes as “mixdown producer”.[16] In line with Mankey, “Carl took his productions critically and did actually cautious mixes. When Brian got here in, he’d say, ‘Let’s combine this,’ and after one cross, like 5 minutes later, he’d say, ‘That is good!’ Or possibly he’d say, ‘Extra bass! Extra vocal!’ However that was it.”[29] Jardine mentioned, “In a means, [Love You] was Carl’s tribute to Brian. … Carl wished Brian to really feel appreciated. He had probably the most to do with that album, him and Dennis, paying tribute to their brother.”[24]

Biographer Steven Gaines states that the fabric had been written beneath the “aegis” of Eugene Landy.[11] Brother Studios administrator Trish Campo recalled that Landy “used to exit of his method to embarrass Brian. I keep in mind he had a younger child working for him, and I keep in mind seeing him standing over Brian with a fucking baseball bat, like, if you happen to do not knuckle down and do what we would like, I am gonna hit you with the bat.”[19] Over the following month, Wilson set to work on one other album, Grownup/Baby, that was accomplished however left unreleased.[16]


It is a frighteningly correct album. It might have gave the impression of a lighthearted album. However that is a critical, autobiographical album: Brian Wilson giving what he had. Form of like [David Lynch’s film] Eraserhead.

—Engineer Earle Mankey[30]

The primary aspect of the album consists of uptempo songs, with the opposite aspect incorporates track that replicate a extra grownup perspective.[20] The lyrical content material ranged from Wilson’s stream-of-conscious (similar to on “Photo voltaic System”) to adolescent considerations (similar to “curler skating”, schoolmate infatuations, and fraternizing with the household of 1’s girlfriend).[31] Wilson went on this route as a result of he believed that these had been the kind of lyrics that followers had wished from the Seaside Boys.[20]

Relative to 15 Massive Ones, Wilson acknowledged that he wished Love You to be “extra inventive, extra authentic” and “lyrically way more attention-grabbing.”[32] His 2016 memoir, I Am Brian Wilson, in contrast the lyrical strategy to Pet Sounds. “I wrote some songs that had been about how I felt in my thirties, the identical means that Pet Sounds was about how I felt in my twenties.”[33] Mankey surmised, “Brian Wilson lyrics possibly weren’t as acquainted to the general public as [his past co-written lyrics] had been, and so The Seaside Boys Love You songs might need appeared odder as a result of nobody knew what Brian was actually like.”[34]

Carlin characterizes the overall impact as having reframed the themes of previous Seaside Boys hits by way of Wilson’s “warped” grownup perspective,[35] in addition to “a tour by way of the cracked fun-house mirror of [his] creativeness”.[20] Dillon acknowledged that, given the age of the band members, the truth that they “sing these teenage ditties made the tunes just a little creepy”.[36] In line with biographer Timothy White, it was a “portrait of a person making an attempt to redefine his shattered character.”[37]


Aspect one

“Let Us Go On This Manner” is a rock track by which the narrator, a younger man, expresses to his object of affection, “To get you babe, I went by way of the ringer / ain’t gonna allow you to slip by way of my finger”, adopted by a plea for God to “allow us to go on this fashion”.[21] Wilson mentioned he wrote the track with Mike Love after they discovered that the remainder of the album sounded too “deadpan and we would have liked one thing uptempo”.[10] “Curler Skating Baby” elaborates on the themes of the earlier monitor besides, as Carlin writes, “with a grown-up perspective that made it sound like a type of musical interpretation of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita, full with vivid descriptions of adolescent sexuality … careless parenting [and] lust-fueled escape”.”[21] Wilson mentioned the track was a tribute to his daughters Carnie and Wendy. “Carnie truly goes ice-skating however I referred to as it ‘Curler skating baby, with a ribbon in her hair.’ All of us exit to a skating rink in Santa Monica.”[10]

Love You features a tribute to the discuss present host Johnny Carson (pictured 1965)

“Mona” is a Nineteen Fifties-style love track with solely 4 chords. The lyrics focus on a few of Wilson’s favourite songs by Phil Spector, together with his 1963 productions of the Crystals’ “Da Doo Ron Ron” and the Ronettes’ “Be My Child”.[21] “Johnny Carson” equally expresses admiration for the host of the late-night tv discuss present, The Tonight Present Starring Johnny Carson.[21] Carlin refers back to the monitor because the album’s “pivot level”, one which “separates the traditional from the freakishly weird.”[38] Requested in regards to the track in a 1979 interview, Carson answered, “Positive I heard it. Somebody despatched it over to the workplace. I do not suppose it was an enormous vendor. I believe they only did it for the enjoyable of it. It was not a murals.”[39]

“Good Time” is a track a few man who declares of his varied girlfriends, “Perhaps it will not final however what can we care / My child and I simply need a good time”.[33] It was first tracked by the band on January 7, 1970 at their since-dismantled non-public studio – predating the Love You periods by seven years[40] – and had already been launched, albeit with totally different vocals, because the second single by American Spring from their debut album, Spring (1972).[41] Wilson defined that he recycled the track for Love You as a result of Spring had offered poorly, and he thought, “Perhaps the publicity to that track to folks could be good. Why waste a track?”[10] For the reason that recording of “Good Time”, Wilson’s voice had deteriorated considerably, making it the one monitor on Love You by which his singing shouldn’t be coarse.[42]

“Honkin’ Down the Freeway” is a rock and roll track[43] a few man driving to a girl, at her father’s behest, for an engagement that the narrator states will conclude with himself “Takin’ one little inch at a time, now / ‘Til we’re feelin’ positive, now”.[38] Wilson mentioned, “I keep in mind once I wrote that I used to be thinkin’ ‘truckin’ down the freeway’ – just a few type of a rustic western type of an thought. The precise track itself wasn’t that nation although.”[25]

“Ding Dang” is a brief track, consisting of a single verse and refrain, that Wilson wrote with the Byrds’ Roger McGuinn within the early Nineteen Seventies.[44] McGuinn recalled that Wilson had sooner or later visited his dwelling asking for amphetamines. After they labored collectively on the track, McGuinn went to mattress. The subsequent morning, he discovered that Wilson was nonetheless awake enjoying “Ding Dang” on the piano. Just one lyric was ever written: “I really like a lady and I really like her madly / I deal with her so positive however she treats me so badly”.[14] Jardine surmised that Wilson’s longtime obsession with the people normal “Shortenin’ Bread” might have originated from this impromptu writing session for “Ding Dang”.[45]

Wilson recorded “Ding Dang” within the studio on quite a few events in the course of the mid-Nineteen Seventies.[46] Mankey famous that “all people who confirmed up [to the sessions] bought subjected to ‘Ding Dang’.”[45] It appeared on the album with a lower than one-minute runtime, just about unaltered from how Wilson and McGuinn initially left it.[44]

Aspect two

“Photo voltaic System” discusses the planetary system in an identical vein because the band’s 1965 hit “California Ladies”.[47] Within the track, the narrator asks, “What do the planets imply? / And have you ever ever seen / dawn within the mornin’? / It shined while you had been born”.[19] “The Night time Was So Younger”, in accordance with Carlin, revels in “conventional shades of self-pity, jealousy, and loneliness”.[38] It was written about Wilson’s mistress, Debbie Keil, and her nightly visits to his dwelling.[48] “I will Wager He is Good” follows related themes because the earlier monitor.[38]

“Let’s Put Our Hearts Collectively” is a duet between Wilson and his first spouse Marilyn. Within the track, they focus on the insecurities that they really feel for one another earlier than coming collectively to “see what we will cook dinner up between us”.[38] Wilson mentioned that he enlisted Marilyn as a vocalist as a result of he had inadvertently composed the track in a key outdoors of his vocal vary.[10]

I labored particularly at getting the lyrics proper, in order that the lyrics could be attention-grabbing sufficient to take heed to. Like, “I really like to choose you up since you’re nonetheless a child to me“—you recognize, issues like that. Attention-grabbing.

—Brian Wilson, 1977[32]

“I Wanna Choose You Up”, in Carlin’s description, considerations an “object of want” that’s “both a disturbingly sexualized toddler or a dismayingly infantilized grownup.”[38] On the finish of the track, the singer instructs the listener to “pat, pat, pat her on her butt, butt / She’s gone to sleep, be quiet”.[38] Wilson defined that the lyrics are about “a person who considers this chick a child. … she’s too large to choose up, in fact. However he desires to; he desires to fake she’s small like a child: He actually desires to choose her up!”[10]

“Airplane” is a love track written from the attitude of somebody flying on an airplane.[38] “Love Is a Girl” concludes the album with an instrumental palette of saxophones and flutes.[38] Wilson wrote of the track, “It is nearly all people, about something, about how issues are. It is an thought {that a} lady is love. A child is love, too, in fact. It is simply an expertise, you recognize? ‘Love is a Child’ would have been a greater title.”[10]


A number of songs that had been recorded or labored on in the course of the Love You periods had been handed over for inclusion on the album. Amongst these had been the originals “eleventh Bar Blues”, “Clangin'”, “Hey Little Tomboy”, “Lazy Lizzie”, “Sherry She Wants Me”, “Marilyn Rovell”, “My Diane”, “Hey There Momma”, and “We Gotta Groove”,[49] in addition to “That Particular Feeling”.[50] “Sherry She Wants Me” dated from the band’s Summer time Days (and Summer time Nights!!) period, with Wilson overdubbing a brand new lead vocal onto the backing monitor from 1965.[51] “Lazy Lizzie” features a melody recycled from Wilson’s Mount Vernon and Fairway (1973).[14] Biographer David Leaf referred to the track as “a completely realized manufacturing in addition to a powerful instance of Brian’s songwriting means.”[52]

As well as, Wilson labored on cowl variations of the Drifters’ “Ruby Child” and the Righteous Brothers’ “You have Misplaced That Lovin’ Feelin'”.[49] In line with band archivist Alan Boyd, “His [Wilson’s] model of ‘You have Misplaced that Lovin’ Feeling’ could be very darkish and it is very uncooked. It virtually has type of a punk edge to it. … He performs every little thing on it, did all of the vocals. All the pieces was just about executed in a single take.”[51]

“Hey Little Tomboy” and “My Diane” had been accomplished for M.I.U. Album (1978).[53] “Hey There Momma” was reworked into “I Noticed Santa (Rockin’ Across the Christmas Tree)”; the transforming was launched on the 1998 compilation Final Christmas.[54] “Sherry She Wants Me” and “You have Misplaced That Lovin’ Feelin'” had been launched on the field set Made in California (2013).[51] “eleventh Bar Blues”, “Clangin'”, “Lazy Lizzie”, “Marilyn Rovell”, “We Gotta Groove”, “That Particular Feeling”, and “Hey There Momma” stay unreleased.[50]

Title and packaging

Wilson initially meant to title the album Brian Loves You, with the “you” referring to the group’s fanbase.[26] He mentioned that he selected the identify Love You as a result of he “thought it could be a great sound folks may really feel safe with”.[10] To make the album appear extra democratic, its title was modified to The Seaside Boys Love You.[52] Reflective of the brand new title, the interior sleeve included a dedication to Wilson from his bandmates, “To Brian, whom we love with all our hearts …”,[26] written under a photograph of him at a celebration with Marilyn.[55] Jardine later commented, “The title of that album is basically The Seaside Boys Love Brian.”[24] The dedication continues,

We want to categorical our appreciation, and acknowledge your willingness to create and assist completely the completion of those songs. We thanks for sharing your self and your music with us, and all those that love you as effectively. An unspeakable pleasure being with you [sic] in your expression of the music you place on the market for everybody. Brian, we really feel honored and grateful and we love you.[55]

Dean Torrence designed the quilt illustration, which was meant to resemble a Navajo rug, and had instructed titling the album Cowabunga, impressed by Chief Thunderball’s catch-phrase on the kids’s tv present Howdy Doody.[26] In line with Dillon, the quilt “inadvertently suggests a Lite-Brite toy, which fits the childlike surprise of the file’s contents.”[26]

Jardine had an unfavorable opinion of the design: “[I]t’s a disgrace that the [Love You] album cowl is so crummy. All the pieces about that factor is hand-crafted. I believe they [Warner Bros.] thought it was our final album. They did not spend a penny on the album as a result of they knew that we weren’t coming again. They used actual low cost cardboard on it.”[54] Torrence contended that costly paper was used to simulate the file sleeve’s stitched texture.[26]


The Seaside Boys performing a live performance in Michigan, August 1978

On November 27, 1976, Wilson appeared because the featured musical visitor on NBC’s Saturday Night time, throughout which he carried out “Love Is a Girl”, “Again House”, and “Good Vibrations”.[56] It was his first solo tv look since 1967’s Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution. Producer Lorne Michaels insisted that Wilson seem with out his bandmates, who had been enjoying their third night time of sold-out live shows at close by Madison Sq. Backyard.[57][nb 3] One other solo look on The Mike Douglas Present, which included an interview with Wilson about his previous drug use, was filmed days earlier, however was not broadcast till December 8.[57] In early December, Landy was relieved from his companies amid considerations of his elevating charges and controversial therapy strategies.[57][58] On December 31, the band performed a fifteenth anniversary celebration live performance on the Los Angeles Discussion board, a efficiency that included “Airplane”.[28]

By 1977, the media hype forward of the “Brian’s Again” marketing campaign from the earlier 12 months had been dissipated.[52] As Love You approached completion, band supervisor Stephen Love organized negotiations for the band to vary labels with CBS Information as soon as the group had fulfilled their contractual obligations to Warner Bros. Gaines writes, “Warner Brothers knew of the CBS deal by January 1977 … Warner was so disgusted with the Seaside Boys at this level that the group members had been satisfied the corporate was doing little or no to advertise the album.”[11] Launched on April 11,[11] Love You reached quantity 53 within the U.S.[16] throughout a seven-week chart keep.[59] One single, “Honkin’ Down the Freeway”, was issued a number of weeks later with no chart exhibiting.[60]

Members of the group, together with Mike Love,[61] attributed the album’s poor gross sales to Warner’s lackluster promotional efforts.[26] Gaines countered that, regardless of what the group considered the corporate, “the very best promotional marketing campaign on this planet could not have helped The Seaside Boys Love You“.[62]

Vital reception

Retrospective skilled rankings
Assessment scores
Supply Ranking
AllMusic [63]
Blender [64]
Christgau’s File Information A[65]
Leisure Weekly A[66]
Encyclopedia of Widespread Music [67]
MusicHound 4/5[68]
Pitchfork Media 7.8/10[69]
The Rolling Stone Album Information [70]
Uncut 8/10[71]


Love You was met with polarized reactions from the general public.[72][42] Schinder cited a “sharp divide” between followers and critics, a few of whom noticed the album as a piece of “eccentric genius” whereas others “dismissed it as infantile and trivial”.[42] Some listeners considered the album as a near-punk rock assertion and felt that it had been a refreshing change of tempo given the dominance of progressive rock and “overproduced” pop that had dominated the mainstream for a number of years.[39] Typically, the reactions from file reviewers had been constructive.[73] Writing in his 1978 biography of the band, John Tobler mentioned that Love You was “within the creator’s estimation and that of a number of critics … the very best launched by the group for the reason that ’60s.”[74]

Favorable opinions had been penned by quite a few esteemed critics, together with Circus Lester Bangs, Creems Mitchell Cohen, NMEs Nick Kent, The Village Voices Robert Christgau, and Rolling Stones Billy Altman.[39] Bangs mentioned it was the Seaside Boys’ “greatest album ever”[22] and described them affectionately as a “diseased bunch of motherfuckers” who exhibit “a magnificence so superior that listening to them at their greatest is like being in some huge dream cathedral adorned with a thousand gleaming American popular culture icons.”[75] Altham’s evaluation acknowledged that the album was “flawed however pleasing. Brian Wilson nonetheless is not singing in addition to he used to, however his enjoying and composing skills have actually returned from wherever they have been the previous few years.”[76] Patti Smith, often known as the “godmother of punk”, contributed a evaluation in Hit Parader that was written within the type of a poem.[39] Melody Makers reviewer decreed, “This album can seem insubstantial on early acquaintance, however additional consideration yields many riches.”[22]

That is actually the primary time since Pet Sounds that I’ve felt this completely glad with an album. I believe it offers just a little bit, it has just a little additional.

—Brian Wilson, 1977[74]

Informal listeners typically discovered the album’s idiosyncrasies to be a detriment, whereas a number of the group’s followers thought of the tough vocals and manufacturing distracting.[39] Peter Ames Carlin, then a junior highschool scholar who had eagerly anticipated the album’s launch, recalled of his response, “This was his large return — all authentic songs; a whole Brian manufacturing. And also you take heed to it and also you had been like, What the hell is that this?’ It is so totally different.”[26] Wilson himself reviewed the album within the Could 1977 challenge of Crawdaddy!. His conclusions: “I like the brand new album higher than the final one… It is a cleaner album; the tracks and the songs appear to return off cleaner.”[10]

One of many few adverse opinions of the album, written by Michael Tearson, was revealed in David Leaf’s fanzine Pet Sounds. In one other adverse evaluation, by a author for Audio, the album was named “an actual disappointment … patronizing and disastrous, the type of file to get out of a contract with. And that they’ve executed.”[73] The author accused different critics of writing inauthentic constructive suggestions towards the album, and praised Tearson for being “the one file reviewer who informed it like it’s. It took guts.”[73]


Within the many years since its launch, Love You has remained divisive amongst followers.[22] It has developed a cult following, and it’s regarded by some as one of many band’s greatest albums.[77] Writing in his 2017 e-book The Phrases and Music of Brian Wilson, Christian Matijas-Mecca referred to as it “extraordinary in its sheer originality and its rejection of up to date traits in standard music”, likening it to “the Smiley Smile of 1977″. Matijas-Mecca added that Love You was “probably the most sudden album” of 1977 and in contrast to the rest launched that 12 months, concluding that it “stays as stunning and refreshing in the present day because it did upon its authentic launch.”[22] AllMusic reviewer John Bush praised the album and believed that “The Night time Was So Younger,” “I will Wager He is Good,” and “Let’s Put Our Hearts Collectively” type a collection throughout aspect two that possesses a breadth of emotional attachment to rival Pet Sounds.[63]

A reviewer for Musician, Participant, and Listener wrote in 1981: “Within the discount bins [the album] collected mud. That 1977 launch is Brian Wilson’s most formidable and profitable work of the last decade. It ranks with Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk, Steely Dan’s Katy Lied, and Neil Younger’s Zuma as the very best California rock albums of the last decade.”[2] Referring to “naysayers” of Love You, the underground fanzine Scram wrote “fuck [them] … [the album showcases] a very authentic mixture of humor and unhappiness. The unique numbers all the time dance only a step away from the cliché, coping with easy lyrical themes that make you surprise why that they had by no means been explored earlier than.”[78] The A.V. Memberships Keith Phipps relented: “there’s one thing not-quite-right about males on the cusp of center age hungering after a ‘roller-skating baby’—however its failure reveals a touching vulnerability beneath the sunny good-times picture of an American establishment”, occurring to say that “most of the time, Love You has a successful, human directness.”[79]

Aftermath and legacy

The recording of Love You remained the final time Brian Wilson took cost of a Seaside Boys album.[80] Pitchforks D. Erik Kempke mentioned that it “stands in sharp distinction to the albums that preceded and adopted it, as a result of it was a product of real inspiration on Brian Wilson’s half, with little outdoors interference.”[69] Carlin famous that, following Love You, Wilson wouldn’t write songs that mirrored his musical, emotional, and mental pursuits to an identical diploma till the aborted Andy Paley periods from the Nineteen Nineties.[81] Matijas-Mecca characterised Wilson, embittered by the band’s lack of assist for his new music, as selecting “the trail of least, or no, resistance when working with the Seaside Boys” for the following a number of many years.[82]

Among the many band members, Brian later referred to it as his favourite Seaside Boys album on repeated events,[39] explaining in a 1998 interview, “That is when all of it occurred for me. That is the place my coronary heart lies. Love You, Jesus, that is the very best album we ever made.”[83] In a 2000 interview, he mentioned, “My favorites are ‘I Wanna Choose You Up’ and ‘Ding Dang’. … One of many shortest data now we have ever made.”[25] Requested in 2009 for the data in his catalog that he felt had been underrated, he listed Love You and the tracks “Ding Dang”, “Johnny Carson”, “The Night time Was So Younger”, and “I will Wager He is Good”.[84] Mike Love commented in his 2016 memoir that the album was “undeniably authentic however fragmented and simply plain odd”.[85] In a 2013 interview, Al Jardine expressed enthusiasm for performing your entire Love You album in live performance, occurring to notice, “these are a number of the greatest songs we ever did.”[86]

Affect and different musicians

In line with Dillon, Love You is taken into account to have influenced the event of latest wave,[39] whereas Clay Patrick McBride of The Washington Put up wrote that Wilson “helped invent synth-pop” with the album.[87] Journalist Adam Theisan wrote that the album’s “prescience” is one among its hanging components, having anticipated “new wave experiments, arty bands like Speaking Heads and synth-pop generally years earlier than they hit the mainstream.”[88] Wilson remarked in a 2000 interview, “It is humorous as a result of now individuals are starting to see that album as a basic – it was fairly revolutionary in its use of synthesizers.”[25]

Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth first found the Seaside Boys by way of Patti Smith’s evaluation of Love You.[89] R.E.M.’s Peter Buck praised the file as “a window into the center of one of many biggest composers of the 20 th century.”[77] He named it his favourite Seaside Boys album.[90] Producer Alan Boyd opined, “It is an enchanting file. I’ve by no means heard a file earlier than or since that sounded prefer it. It is bought its personal sonic texture that nobody has ever tried to do earlier than. … A few of these songs and chord progressions are among the many richest and the deepest that Brian ever did.”[51]

Alex Chilton recorded a canopy of “Photo voltaic System” that was included on his Electrical energy by Candlelight (2013),[91] and he contributed his model of “I Wanna Choose You Up” to the multi-artist tribute album Caroline Now! (2000). Different songs coated within the compilation had been “Honkin’ Down the Freeway” (Radio Sweethearts), “Good Time” (Stevie Jackson of Belle and Sebastian), and “Let’s Put Our Hearts Collectively” (duet between Chip Taylor and Evie Sands).[92] In 1997, Darian Sahanaja launched a canopy of “I Wanna Choose You Up” as a single.[citation needed] Yo La Tengo’s stay rendition of “Ding Dang” was launched on the 2006 compilation Yo La Tengo Is Murdering the Classics.[93]

Monitor itemizing

All tracks are written by Brian Wilson, besides the place famous.

Aspect one
No. Title Lead vocal(s) Size
1. “Let Us Go On This Manner” (Brian Wilson, Mike Love) Carl Wilson with Love 1:58
2. “Curler Skating Baby” Love and C. Wilson, with Al Jardine 2:17
3. “Mona” Dennis Wilson 2:06
4. “Johnny Carson” Love and C. Wilson 2:47
5. “Good Time” (Wilson, Al Jardine) B. Wilson 2:50
6. “Honkin’ Down the Freeway” Jardine 2:48
7. “Ding Dang” (Wilson, Roger McGuinn) Love 0:57
Aspect two
No. Title Lead vocal(s) Size
1. “Photo voltaic System” B. Wilson 2:49
2. “The Night time Was So Younger” C. Wilson 2:15
3. “I will Wager He is Good” D. Wilson and B. Wilson with C. Wilson 2:36
4. “Let’s Put Our Hearts Collectively” B. Wilson and Marilyn Wilson 2:14
5. “I Wanna Choose You Up” D. Wilson with B. Wilson 2:39
6. “Airplane” Love and B. Wilson with C. Wilson 3:05
7. “Love Is a Girl” B. Wilson with Love 2:57
Complete size: 34:50


Tailored from 2000 CD liner notes.[90]

The Seaside Boys

  • Al Jardine
  • Mike Love
  • Brian Wilson
  • Carl Wilson
  • Dennis Wilson

Technical and manufacturing workers

  • Stephen Desper – engineer on “Good Time”
  • Stephen Moffitt – engineer
  • Earle Mankey – engineer
  • Dean Torrence – cowl design
  • Man Webster – pictures


Chart (1977) Peak
Canada RPM Albums Chart[94] 66
Swedish Album Charts[95] 34
UK High 40 Album Chart[96] 28
US Billboard 200 Albums Chart[16] 53



  • Badman, Keith (2004). The Seaside Boys: The Definitive Diary of America’s Biggest Band, on Stage and within the Studio. Backbeat Books. ISBN 978-0-87930-818-6.
  • Cooper, Kim; Smay, David (2004). Misplaced within the Grooves: Scram’s Capricious Information to the Music You Missed. Routledge. ISBN 9781135879211.
  • Carlin, Peter Ames (2006). Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Seaside Boys’ Brian Wilson. Rodale. ISBN 978-1-59486-320-2.
  • Dillon, Mark (2012). Fifty Sides of the Seaside Boys: The Songs That Inform Their Story. ECW Press. ISBN 978-1-77090-198-8.
  • Gaines, Steven (1986). Heroes and Villains: The True Story of The Seaside Boys. New York: Da Capo Press. ISBN 0306806479.
  • Leaf, David (1978). The Seaside Boys and the California Fantasy. New York: Grosset & Dunlap. ISBN 978-0-448-14626-3.
  • Love, Mike (2016). Good Vibrations: My Life as a Seaside Boy. Penguin Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-698-40886-9.
  • Matijas-Mecca, Christian (2017). The Phrases and Music of Brian Wilson. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 978-1-4408-3899-6.
  • Schinder, Scott (2007). “The Seaside Boys”. In Schinder, Scott; Schwartz, Andy (eds.). Icons of Rock: An Encyclopedia of the Legends Who Modified Music Ceaselessly. Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0313338458.
  • Tobler, John (1978). The Seaside Boys. Chartwell Books. ISBN 0890091749.
  • White, Timothy (1996). The Nearest Faraway Place: Brian Wilson, the Seaside Boys, and the Southern Californian Expertise. Macmillan. ISBN 0333649370.
  • Wilson, Brian; Greenman, Ben (2016). I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir. Da Capo Press. ISBN 978-0-306-82307-7.

  • The Seaside Boys Love You at Discogs (listing of releases)
  • The Seaside Boys Love You on YouTube (playlist)
  • Brian Wilson – Songwriter – 1969-1982 – The Subsequent Stage – Half 8 on YouTube (documentary excerpt)
  • Boar, Ovidiu (April 26, 2017). “40 Years Later: Appreciating an Uncommon Seaside Boys Album”. The Good Males Challenge.

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