I Get Around (1964) – the Beach Boys

I Get Around is one of my favourite pop-songs full-stop. Even now when I listen to it, I am awestruck how the Beach Boys achieved that sublime sound and harmony. I’ve never grown tired of it, and I continue to be mind-blown upon each listen. I don’t think I’ve heard 2 minutes of music more groovy and catchy and it never grows old and always puts me in good space. I put my kids onto this a couple of years ago and they still request I Get Around and Barbara Ann to this day. This is Pop music-making at its absolute peak and like ABBA’s Dancing Queen can’t be surpassed by imitation, remakes or movies. Cream of the crop.

Round, round, get around
I get around, yeah
Get around, round, round, I get around
I get around
Get around, round, round, I get around
From town to town

I Get Around was the opening track from their 1964 album All Summer Long. Brian Wilson was originally listed as the songwriter of the song but after a law-suit Mike Love was added to the credits. Wilson recalled “I [wrote it], with the exception of a possible – possibility that Mike wrote the intro, the ’round ’round.‘” The autobiographical lyrics describe the group’s reaction to their newfound fame and success. The single became the Beach Boys’ first chart-topping hit in the U.S., as well as America’s first number-one hit by a homeland group in eight months. In 2017, I Get Around was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Producer Daniel Lanois who produced 2 Bob Dylan records (said of the song):

It’s what I call a “snapshot song.” It’s like a Polaroid of a moment or a feeling. I like the way Brian wrote about specifics of a rising culture. He brings the listener in through one philosophical moment – one thought, one emotion – and that is often the most powerful way. You could write a much bigger song, but by writing a small one, you address a big subject. Funnily enough, Brian may not have been personally experiencing all those moments, but he was watching them happen.

I Get Around was backed with Don’t Worry Baby already reviewed here and was released as a single in the U.S. on May 11, 1964. Good luck finding a better single release in pop-music.

1. I Get Around – Wikipedia

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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8 comments on “I Get Around (1964) – the Beach Boys
  1. This ranks among my favorite Beach Boys songs, right up there with “Good Vibrations”, “God Only Knows” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”.

  2. Badfinger (Max) says:

    One of my favorite songs period. I had the single when I was a kid and I remember that yellow and orange label single spin. Someone in the family gave it to me. The harmonies are so tight and in your face.

    • Same here. It’s just so good. When you can hear a song nearly 60 years after it’s made and wonder how the hell they did it, and continues to be so magnificent you know you are in pop heaven.

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        What did Brian say before? He called them Teen Symphonies… which fits that music well…especially Pet Sounds.

      • Did you see the short clip of Brian putting together ‘Good Vibrations’? I’ll add it below in case you haven’t seen it:

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        Yes I saw that when I wrote about the song….the hours that man spent in the studio…but it was well worth it for just that song.

  3. I must look up your article Max. Sweet.

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