DiscoverThe Secret Life of Songs#4 - God Only Knows / The Beach Boys
#4 - God Only Knows / The Beach Boys

#4 - God Only Knows / The Beach Boys

Update: 2020-06-04
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The story of the Beach Boys starting out as preppy Californian surf-popsters to become Rock n Roll Hall of Famers responsible for 'Greatest Albums Ever' list perennial 'Pet Sounds' is a familiar one. This narrative tends to overlook the currents of tension and angst rippling under the surface of both the early pop hits and the Phil-Spector-meets-Maurice-Ravel grandeur of their mature work. 'God Only Knows', one of the most analysed and acclaimed songs in pop, is a case in point: how does this stately orchestral masterpiece (and wedding reception stalwart) manage to hide in plain sight so much fear and doubt: "God only knows what I'd be without you"?

All the songs discussed in this episode, including 'God Only Knows', can be heard here

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#4 - God Only Knows / The Beach Boys

#4 - God Only Knows / The Beach Boys

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