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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

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    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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    Brian Wilson Is Deaf in One Ear

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    That Brian Wilson is deaf in one hear is crazy when you think about the sonic masterpieces that he created in MONO of all things. What did you do today with both of your normally functioning ears?
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    God Only Knows Is Paul McCartney's Favorite Song

    To say that it's a big deal for one of your songs to be Paul McCartney's favorite tune ever recorded is an understatement. In a Japanese interview with David Leaf, the Beatle said that the song was, "Very emotional, always a bit of a choker for me, that one."
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    Pet Sounds Inspired Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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    When you think about how the annual back and forth album cycle between the Beach Boys and the Beatles shaped modern music, it's astounding to realize that so much was accomplished in less than 10 years. The biggest leap probably comes from the one-two punch that was Pet Sounds and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. According to Beatles producer George Martin, "Without Pet Sounds, Sgt. Pepper never would have happened... Pepper was an attempt to equal Pet Sounds."
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