Beach Boys Reunion Coming for 50th Anniversary?
To recognize their 50th anniversary, Brian Wilson is hinting the Beach Boys might reunite inside the recording studio.
In an interview with BBC 6 Music, Wilson said, I am considering this. I’m not sure yet. I am considering this though.
He added, there isn’t anything that’s holding me back. I’m just not sure if I really want to be hanging out with those guys. They’re crazy. They’re zany guys.
The last time Wilson and the rest of the Beach Boys worked together was in 1966 on the “Stars and Stripes Volume One” album. He co-produced the set.
The album featured country renditions of some of the best known Beach Boy songs, including “Little Deuce Coupe” and “I Get Around.”
The Beach Boys consisted of Brian, his brothers Carl and Dennis, Mike Love, his cousin, and Al Jardine, a friend. The band formed in California in 1961. They are considered as one of the 1960′s most inventive bands.
Known for their surfing fixation, close harmonies, and the groundbreaking recording techniques employed by Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys scored hit singles like “Surfin’ USA,” “California Girls” and “Good Vibrations.”
Wilson was considered to be one of his era’s greatest songwriters. However during the 1970s and 1980s, he suffered from psychological problems.
During the past decade, following a long recovery, Wilson has embarked on a solo career. He finished sessions for “Smile,” the long abandoned Beach Boys album, and overcame his stage fright and began touring in support of albums such as “That Lucky Old Sun.”
Currently, Brian Wilson is promoting a George Gershwin cover album entitled “Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin.”
There are two “new” songs on the record as well, where Wilson completed two piano compositions that had been left uncompleted by Gershwin.
Wilson explained, the Gershwin estate sent 104 of Gershwin’s unfinished songs over. They wanted it narrowed down to two. Then try and write a song using the chords.
Gershwin is one of my major music heroes. I grew up listening to him. My grandma played him for me when I was a three year old from her hi-fi set.
Grandma had me lie down by the speakers on the floors and played Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” very softly for me.
Wilson also said the Gershwin project gave him space for rejuvenating his creative drive.
In one month, around five years ago, I wrote a total of 18 songs. Not throwaways, it was 18 good ones.
I’ve really slowed down and exhausted my creativity. As of yet, the need for making music still isn’t in me.
I need that to come back.