"I Get Around" By The Beach Boys, The Happiest Song With An Ugly Past

By | November 13, 2021

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One of the most successful double sided singles of all time. (spotify)

On July 4th, 1964, “I Get Around” scored the Beach Boys their first #1 hit in America. Released as a double single with “Don’t Worry Baby,” the pairing ranks among the all-time two for one alongside The Beatles’ “Penny Lane/Strawberry Field Forever” and Elvis’ “Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog.” Taking the top spot meant a lot to the father-son tandem of Murray and Brian Wilson. The previous two years they earned back-to-back 2nd place finishes to “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Surf City.”

For the Beach Boys, it was worth the wait. “I Get Around” sold nearly 2 million US copies and reached #7 in the UK. Apparently, Mick Jagger himself had a hand in distributing the ode to teenage exuberance. Here’s everything you wanted to know about “I Get Around” by the Beach Boys.

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One of the best vibrations bands ever. (TheBeachBoys)

A Vibe Song

As even the most ardent Beach Boys’ fans will agree, their early stuff wasn't exactly John Lennon or Fleetwood Mac when it comes to lyrics. Nevertheless, they created the jam of the summer, a song everyone wanted to listen to with the top down and the wind in their hair.

Despite the lack of heart-rending lyrics, the Beach Boys still managed to innovate on “I Get Around.” The opening fuzz of the guitar would become a staple of Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton just a few years later. ‘64’s summer anthem was the first to pointedly make use of the sound.