I have a geeky question for you, ready ? With no boundaries of time or place, what would your “dream band” sound like ? The one that would encapsulate everything you love in the musical universe in every way ? Vocals, sound, songs, everything. Is it Geddy Lee fronting The National ? Alicia Keys singing with The Band ? Janis Joplin belting it out with Low ? Tierra Whack weirding out in a band with Frank Zappa ? Sorry just doing some absurdist spitballin’ here.
I love hearing people’s answers to this especially if they are outright ketchup on pop tarts weird. I’ve sadly spent many waking hours pondering this question & came to the realization that my mythical band would sound something like Chaka Khan or Gladys Knight fronting the Beach Boys circa 1966-1973 ( the “lovelorn-psychedelic” years). Alas this mystical unicorn will only ever exist in my mind.
And so as a means of somewhat satiating this fantasy, I’m perpetually on the lookout for things that at least sound like The Beach Boys of that era, even in the smallest way. If you are a Beach Boys fan & want to hear some cool 21st century, maybe obscure, sometimes one off songs touched by that particular bit of Wilson genius ( all 3 brothers), please check out the “BEACH BOY-ESQUE PLAYLIST” below featuring some beautiful & slightly off the wall acolytes of that sundown sound. It’s full of tracks that have that influence, that feel, that signature Wilson thing. And forgive me for that playlist title, I just need things to be 100% on the nose so my old ass can find them easily in my antique i-Tunes library 🙂
The Beach Boy-esque Playlist:
p.s. I wanted to include songs from Lewis Taylor’s “The Lost Album”, which is basically the sound of a one man British-Soul-Beach Boys, and is absolutely gorgeous. It isn’t on Spotify or YouTube as of this writing so I can’t attach it here but it is available on Apple Music. Anyway I highly recommend tracking it down because again, it’s amazing ! FYI: The UK and U.S. versions had different covers, here’s what they look like :
*Nerd note: In the early days of this blog I ran this piece in a slightly edited form, this is a miraculously updated version