For his new book Fifty Sides of The Beach Boys, which celebrates the iconic California band’s golden anniversary, Toronto writer Mark Dillon interviewed famous fans and admiring fellow musicians for an in-depth look at 50 of the group’s songs. With the Beach Boys playing Molson Amphitheatre on June 19, we asked the author Dillon which tunes he hopes to hear live.
- I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times (1966): “I think this is Brian Wilson’s ultimate anthem of alienation – and he has a few of them. It’s so personal to him that when he recorded it for Pet Sounds, he did all the vocals. There’s a lot of intersecting vocal parts, and it’s all him. It would be interesting to hear the whole band, with everybody singing.”
- Forever (1970): “I’d love to hear Dennis Wilson sing his ballad, but that’s not going to happen, because he’s dead. But what they are doing is putting up a video of Dennis singing it 40 years ago, and the Beach Boys are singing along to that. It’s a nice tribute to a guy that I would call the Beach Boys’ other genius.”
- When I Grow Up (To Be a Man) (1965): “I can’t resist the spectacle of 70-year-old guys singing a song called When I Grow Up. They recorded it in 1964, and I’m sure they would have had no idea that 48 years later they’d be singing this song.”
Mark Dillon, in conversation with Liz Worth, and with live music, launches Fifty Sides of The Beach Boys, May 28, 7:30 p.m., $5 (free with purchase of book), Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., tinars.ca.