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Groovy Things You Didn't Know About the Beach Boys

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Throughout the constantly reevaluated and often hyperbolically discussed history of modern music, there have only been a few musical groups that have captured the imaginations of an entire generation, and built a mythology around their sound. The Beach Boys are one of those groups. But when you’re trying to get into an artist with a discography that’s as dense and varied as that of the psychedelic surfers from Hawthorne, California, you need an inroad. This collection of facts about the Beach Boys is here to help you cut through the myths and fictionalizations to find the true essences of their Southern California sound.

If you’re one of the few people who are asking who were the Beach Boys then you’re in luck because this list is here to help you go down the rabbit hole of one of America’s all-time greatest bands. The Beach Boys facts collected here are a mix of interesting recording information, and little things about the group that you can use at parties to impress your friends. But before you do that, vote up the most interesting facts about this legendary group that you didn’t already know and then go have some fun fun fun before your daddy takes the t-bird away.
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    They Had an All Original Album Before the Beatles Did

    They Had an All Original Album Before the Beatles Did
    Photo: Capitol Records
    Much editorial hay has been made of the Beach Boys v. Beatles rivalry that played out through the '60s, but when it comes to which band released an all original album first the honor goes to Brian Wilson and his Beach Boys. In 1963 the group released Surfer Girl, their first completely original album which predated A Hard Day's Night by one year. Deal with it, England. 
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    Smiley Smile Has Been Used to Chill Out Drug Addicts

    Smiley Smile Has Been Used to Chill Out Drug Addicts
    Photo: Brother/Capitol Records
    According to Carl Wilson, the album that salvaged what was left of the Smile sessions was being used in a Fort Worth drug clinic to help relax patients. “[The LP] acts as a soothing remedy which relaxes them and helps them to recover completely from their trip.”
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    The Wild Honey Cover Was in Brian Wilson's House

    The Wild Honey Cover Was in Brian Wilson's House
    Photo: Capitol Records
    What is easily the best Beach Boys album cover wasn't made in a design studio, in fact, it was as homemade as the rest of the album. The bee and flowers were from a stained glass window panel in Brian Wilson’s Bel-Air mansion at the time of the recording.
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    They Weren't Always Called the Beach Boys

    They Weren't Always Called the Beach Boys
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY
    Originally naming themselves The Pendletones after their favorite style of shirts and well, tones, the band wasn't called the Beach Boys until the release of their first single. Notably, the band didn't even choose the name. Future head of 20th Century Fox, Russ Reagan, thought up the moniker and the rest was history.
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