In early 1964, there may hardly have been an American teenager unaware of the Seashore Boys. Singing in immaculate harmonies about browsing, scorching rods, ladies, and root beer — in addition to numerous mixtures and permutations thereof — they quickly discovered themselves using an unprecedentedly excessive wave, so to talk, of postwar teen tradition. On the opposite facet of the pond, the Beatles had been laborious at work taking part in to demographically related, also-enraptured audiences. In February of 1964 the Fab 4 arrived in America, and their efficiency on The Ed Sullivan Present alone put them on no less than an equal footing there with the Seashore Boys.
“The subsequent alternative in your common American Beatlemaniac to see the Beatles carry out would have been on the movie show watching the Beatles’ Washington D.C. live performance on the Coliseum on a closed circuit broadcast on March 14 or 15, 1964,” says the weblog Meet the Beatles for Actual. “This was the primary time in historical past that the closed-circuit was used for a live performance. Beforehand, it had solely been used to indicate boxing matches.”
The direct-to-theaters broadcast additionally included shorter opening acts Lesley Gore and the Seashore Boys, the latter of whose efficiency was thought misplaced till its rediscovery in 1998. Within the video above, you may see its whole 22 minutes at an audiovisual high quality properly exceeding most live performance movies of its period.
Starting with “Enjoyable, Enjoyable, Enjoyable,” the Seashore Boys play quite a lot of early numbers that may end up to rank amongst their most beloved songs, additionally together with “Little Deuce Coupe,” “Surfer Lady,” “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” and “Shut Down.” (“Lengthy Tall Texan” would solely be correctly recorded 32 years later, with the late nation singer Doug Supernaw.) The set even options “In My Room,” whose melancholic break from the surfing-cars-girls spectrum supplied an indication of issues to return from the group’s musical mastermind Brian Wilson. Unsuited to the stress of stardom, he would recuse himself from reside efficiency the next yr. This present thus marks the onstage zenith of the Seashore Boys’ basic lineup of the Wilson brothers Brian, Carl, and Dennis with Al Jardine and Mike Love. However as makers of basic albums — and basic albums pushed to heights of ambition by competitors with the Beatles — they’d solely simply begun.
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Primarily based in Seoul, Colin Marshall writes and broadcasts on cities, language, and tradition. His initiatives embrace the Substack publication Books on Cities, the guide The Stateless Metropolis: a Stroll by way of Twenty first-Century Los Angeles and the video sequence The Metropolis in Cinema. Comply with him on Twitter at @colinmarshall or on Fb.