There are quite a few Beach Boys fans who work on Biff Bam Pop, so you can imagine how exciting it is for us to hear the brand new single from the band, “That’s Why God Made The Radio”. It’s from the groups forthcoming album of the same name, due in stores June 5th. Take a listen and then read some initial thoughts from a few of us:
Andy Burns: On first listen, I had a huge smile on my face. Brian Wilson takes the lead vocal, but their are contributions from all the band members on the track (except Mike Love, surprisingly), most notably to my ears Bruce Johnston. The vocal blend is just fantastic, though. A gorgeous chorus, a nice vocal break towards the end. Hopefully a taste of the entire album.
Perry Schwartz: Summer is definitely on the way. How do we know? Take a listen to the lead single and title track from The Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary reunion album, “That’s Why God Made The Radio”, and you can feel the sun in your face and wind in your hair as their harmonies float through the air. This isn’t a modern-day “Good Vibrations” or even a classic like “California Girls”, but it is the classic Beach Boys sound featuring lead vocals by Brian Wilson and layer upon layer of silky smooth harmonies. There’s no denying The Beach Boys can still craft a song that takes you back to 1960’s sunny Southern California…and there’s nothing wrong with that.