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The Beach Boys are an American rock band formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine. They emerged at the vanguard of the "California Sound", first performing original surf songs that gained international popularity for their distinct vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting a southern California youth culture of surfing, cars, and romance. Rooted in jazz-based vocal groups, 1950s rock and roll, and doo-wop, Brian led the band in devising novel approaches to music production, arranging his compositions for studio orchestras, and experimenting with several genres ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic and baroque.

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In a 1991 interview[1], Peel mentioned attending a Beach Boys concert in a gymnasium at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, saying it was the only time he ever saw them live - seemingly as part of a package show organised by radio station KLIF in May 1964 [2]. In the 60's and 70's, Peel would often play tracks by the Beach Boys; they were at the height of their popularity as a Californian surf band during the years when he was working as a DJ in the USA. Indeed, he would later recall that when he was working at KMEN in San Bernardino, California, he was advised not to sound "too English", as this would alienate the surfers who listened to the station.

Later, after the release in 1966 of their musically adventurous album Pet Sounds (advertised in the British pop weeklies as "the most progressive pop album ever!") they became favourites of the "hip" audience in the UK and Peel played their records on the Perfumed Garden and his BBC shows, but by the 80's, he seemed to have lost interest in the group, due to their musical style being no longer exciting to him. On his 15 September 1990 (BFBS) show Peel described how record and radio producers played the band's music on the radio in their desire to feel young, which he despised:

"I must admit, I'm not a great fan of the Beach Boys, y'know, because it's one of those things. Whenever summer comes along, record producers and radio producers of about my age...they put on Beach Boys records because it makes them feel young, I think, and they can't think of anything else to do anyway, so I've always had it in for the Beach Boys for that reason."

In the 90's and 00's. Peel would sometimes play the Beach Boys' track "409", which he liked particularly, because he had owned a car of that brand number, whilst living in America.

Festive Fifty Entries

Shows Played


Beach Boys - 409.wmv

  • 04 January 2000: 'Good Vibrations (LP-Best Of The Beach Boys Vol. 2)' (Capitol) All Time Festive Fifty #46
  • 05 January 2000: 'God Only Knows (LP-Pet Sounds)' (Capitol) All Time Festive Fifty #41
  • 18 June 2002: '409 (LP - The Best Of The Beach Boys Vol 1)' (Capitol)
  • 24 August 2004: "409" (LP - 'The Best of The Beach Boys Vol. 3') - (Capitol)
  • Keeping It Peel: "409" (LP - 'The Best of The Beach Boys Vol. 3') - (Capitol)
KMEN British Pop Top Ten
  • 18 Mar 1966: Barbara Ann (6)
  • 25 Mar 1966: Barbara Ann (6)
  • 01 Apr 1966: Barbara Ann (5)
  • 08 Apr 1966: Barbara Ann (6)


(The list below was compiled only from the Cover Versions page of this site. Please add more information if known.)

Artist | Track | First Known Play

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