Beatles and The Beach Boys Part 1
Beatles and The Beach Boys Part 1 MUSC205
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Date Created: 02/17/16
Beatles and Beach Boys Beatles and Beach Boys - Began around the same time - same sort of evolution - played off of one another constantly - both immensely popular Early Beatles- - formed in 1957 in Liverpool, England (important port, but poor working man’s town) - Eventually go to Germany and hone their craft and play for hours on the port there- the people do not care how good the music is, just get hours of practice, so when they come back they are a really good and focused rock band - do a lot of rock covers - in US, rock is in the decline, but in UK, it is becoming huge - Sweet Little Sixteen by Chuck Berry- they do a cover of it - That Will Be the Day That I Die- Buddy Holly and the Crickets- cover for it First Hits- - come back to Liverpool - First #1 hit in 1963- From Me To You - make an album called Please Please Me, with 13 songs all recorded in one day - basically a live concert performance because they couldn’t work on it too much on it - “Love Me Do” - can hear the reason why Beatlemania is a thing - live show matches the recorded one “She Loves You” - after the success of Please Please Me - over 5,000 preorders before the song was even named in England - August 1963 - Simple, precise rock and roll form - in the US, there were 1000 copies- that’s it- they weren’t so excited - catchy hook - attraction is energy and the fact that they grab you - most successful song in UK, but US does not buy into it so quickly, but then it comes across Beatlemania- - After getting big in the UK, they cross the pong - Able to get Beatles everything - Everyone is obsessed with it - They were on Ed Sullivan- and over 1,000,000 people watched it - First US concert in Washington, DC, Feb 11, 1964- full house British Invasion- - Beatles open the floodgates - Wave that sweeps over the US - Record company starts to look for “Mersey sound”- like the river in England- try to imitate the Beatles - Dave Clark Five, The Kinks, Herman’s Hermits, The Rolling Stones- British rock and roll bands but find out that US is obsessed with it, so good to go there - “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter”- Herman’s Hermits - “All the Day and All of the Night”- The Kinks o they are so different- talk about babies and then sex, the tunes are different Surf Rock- - Coming in from the West Coast, and making its way East - California is the land of opportunity early on, Gold Rush in 1849, place for slaves to escape, can get a job in the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, place of manufacturing, aerospace, and etc - People move to California- center of American industry, which means more money and more land for cheap - CA becomes epicenter of American dream - Surfing becomes huge- representation of lifestyle of what everyone wants - Need music to go with surfing- surf rock- turning the Reverb as high as it can go o Dick Dale is the father of it- played the ood and electric guitar After surfing, would come back and play some music “Miserlou” Early Beach Boys- - try to fit in the surf scene and surf rock - “Miserlou” - focus on vocal-led surf rock- bunch of good singers, but surf rock is more focused on the music- have to connect both and integrate it into each other - “Surfin Safari”- 1962 - add in doo wop vocals to make it big- becomes hallmark sound spreading the Surfing Dream - “Surfin’ USA”- a rework of Chuck Berry o drops the names of surfing places to connect to them o chuck Berry would drop random places to connect with people from all over the place - March 4, 1963 (just Before “From Me To You”) - Very simple song- teens and young adults can relate to it Brian Wilson’s Depth- - Leader of Beach Boy - “In My Room”- 1963 o pretty deep- need a place to feel safe o people start to copy the emotional depth - grew up in an abusive house, so he sang personal and confessional song - not the same upbeat song- very different Beatle’s “Yesterday” (1965) - George Martin’s (producer) impact on the Beatles - Classical inspiration - Not a classic beatles song - Bands start to change from cover bands who know hw to do rock and roll to bands who start to discover their own abilities
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