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Beatles/Beach Boys influence on eachother...
8 September 2013
Paris Olympia
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Whereas the Beatles and Stones never really considered eachother rivals, between 1965 and 1967, there was a friendly rivalry between Brian Wilson and Lennon/McCartney. Rubber Soul influenced Brian Wilson to write Pet Sounds, which in turn influenced songs on Revolver and Sgt. Pepper. Some of both bands best music came out in this time period.


Macca claims that the "La-la-la"s on this song influenced the "Tit-tit-tit"s on "Girl", and possibly "Nowhere Man"/"You Won't See Me".

That guitar/Leslie speaker combination is also fairly Beatlesque, a trick they'd started on "Help!" a few months before this was recorded.


This song was reportedly Wilson's attempt at writing a Beatles style number, and clearly references "Ticket To Ride".


This is one of Paul McCartney's favorite songs, and influenced his bass playing. I think it was also fairly influential on a lot of their Sgt. Pepper/MMT era output.

9 September 2013
Candlestick Park
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The best known example is in "Back In The USSR".  Mike Love was throwing ideas around with Paul, and he suggested that the song do a "California Girls" thing, but using Soviet places instead.

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9 September 2013
Candlestick Park
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And Brian Wilson wrote an incredibly obvious Beatles-style track, with "Girl Don't Tell Me"

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9 September 2013
Funny Paper
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God, I love that "comeback" song the Beach Boys wrote in 1988, Kokomo.¬† Man, that song is even better than the mischievous name of that certain tropical drink I won't spell out, in case children are in the room…blue-meanie

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