Video of the Week (Double Shot): Beach Boys

Here are a couple videos from the Beach Boys, early 1970s style.  Both seem appropriate for now because the Boys are apparently freezin’ their asses off in each video.

The first is the ecologically conscious “Don’t Go Near The Water” from 1971’s Surf’s Up.  This lineup of the Beach Boys features, of course, Blondie Chaplin on guitar and vocals (far left when you can see the full band) and Ricky Fataar on drums.  The hairiest members are Mike Love (who looks like he’d much rather be someplace else), Carl Wilson (nice hat!) and Al Jardine.  Dennis Wilson’s holding down the keyboards in place of Big Bro Brian, who’s probably at home in Calfornia where it’s much warmer.

The second video is “You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand Alone,” with the same lineup except this song is from 1972’s Carl And The Passions – So Tough.  Although it was written by Brian Wilson (with Jack Rieley) he’s still not in the video.  Carl sings lead and wears the same fuzzy hat in this one, shot on a rooftop someplace a la the Beatles and “Get Back.”  Could they be in Holland- they cut an album there in 1972 which became, uh, Holland.  Actually, they’re in Brighton, England, south of London in the cold winter of 1972 (see comment below).

The Beach Boys official website

2 Responses to “Video of the Week (Double Shot): Beach Boys”

  1. I Googled up a Beach Boys forum which contained this location speculation from a JohnK:
    “Good one, BM. Might that be Brighton Pier?
    It is! According to Keith Badman’s BB book, on Thursday 25th May, ’72, they shot “two films for the Music Unlimited pop series intended for screening in UK cinemas. The first colour clip filmed is for ‘You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand Alone’, to which the group mimes on top of the Brighton Dome, and then later ‘Don’t Go Near The Water’, shot inside one of the small promenade buildings adjacent to the seafront.”
    A couple of pages earlier there’s a photo of this lineup – including Mike with knitted headgear…
    Nice to see Blondie and Rikki in action – you don’t see that too often for some reason.”

  2. 30daysout Says:

    Once again, Randy to the rescue! Thanks, and because I’m especially slow today I re-googled Brighton and it’s about 50 miles south of London on the English Channel. So, not Holland.

    By the way, join us in congratulating L.A. correspondent Randy Fuller on being syndicated to 2,200 radio stations around the planet, via his “Now and Zin” wine report. If you can’t dial him in on your wireless, download him as a free iTunes podcast here:

    Congrats, man! Check out Randy’s Now and Zin blog:

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