Rewind Button – Beach Boys


The Rewind Button is a group blogging project that I’m participating in. We’re taking on Rolling Stone‘s Top 40 albums of all time and writing our own reviews of them. There will be a new album and review each Thursday.

The second album on the Rewind Button blogger’s task is to listen to Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys, this is Rolling Stone’s #2 album of all time.

Let me get this straight, I hate The Beach Boys. I despise their male falsetto harmony. It’s the same reason I don’t like The Barenaked Ladies and never got into Moxy Fruvous. Add that to The Beach Boys desire to sing about California girls, and I just want to vomit. 

Luckily, one of my fans sent me a message about this project. He reminded me that what I’m known for is making fun of really terrible writing, not music reviewing. He is so right! He suggested I look at the lyrics of these songs, and thus my ears have been saved from agony! Here’s my review and thoughts based solely on the lyrics alone. I’ve linked to lyrics pages for each song title.

Wouldn’t It Be Nice

This is a song for 16 year old boys to play to their 16 year old girlfriends so they can get laid. At least that’s my interpretation.

You Still Believe In Me 

Is a song about an abusive relationship where the guy is a jerk and the woman keeps coming back. Then he manipulates her by crying. 

That’s Not Me 

Story: Guy thinks he needs to be tough, leaves home, gets scared, says his girl needs him, he’s been through changes (aka drugs), now he’s back because he’s lonely. Poor, poor rock star.

Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) 

Shut up, let’s cuddle.  

Waiting for the Day 

“He hurt you then, but that’s all done
I guess I’m saying you’re the only one
I’m waiting for the day when you can love again

You didn’t think that I could sit around and let him work
You didn’t think that I could sit around and let (watch) him take you
You didn’t think that I could sit around and let him go
You didn’t think that I could sit back and let you go
You didn’t think . . .”

 Yikes. Revenge of the rebound guy. 

Sloop John B

I’ll let this terrible song speak for itself:

“The poor cook he caught the fits
And threw away all my grits
And then he took and he ate up all of my corn
Let me go home
Why don’t they let me go home
This is the worst trip I’ve ever been on”

Yeah,  me too!

 God Only Knows 

“I may not always love you
But long as there are stars above you
You never need to doubt it”

What?! You just contradicted yourself.  I know this song is supposed to be romantic but I find it kind creepy.

“God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows …..”

I Know There’s an Answer 

The answer is either meditating or drugs.

Here Today

A jaded love song. It’s half telling us to say in the moment and the other half is saying ‘never forget the pain!’  The only song, so far that I can relate to. 

I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times

“They say I got brains
But they ain’t doing me no good”



Story- Girl grows up, boy doesn’t. Oh, Beach Boys, no. 

This album cover is almost as good at the lyrics. What the world needs more of is petting zoos. So true, Beach Boys!

One thing I’ve been thinking about with this project. Why did we start at #1 and work our way down? Does this mean they’re only going to get worse?

The Rewind Button Bloggers include

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  3. Reb Stevenson - Life Doesn't Have to Suck blog says:

    I didn’t come up with the order – Rachel did. But I don’t think they will get worse because they’re not really ranked in terms of popularity or current listenability. I think they’re placed there because of how groundbreaking they were and such.

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