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The Beach Boys – Don’t Worry Baby (plus interview)

After Rivers Cuomo’s version, here’s the original classic, performed live (after a fashion!) by the Beach Boys on the Dick Clark Show in 1964.

This is followed by an interesting interview with the California Boys! Man, they sure aren’t fans of “primitive” Australia! Even the surfing in Oz is shit, apparently!

Apparently, Dick did not like music acts to perform live on his show! What a damn pity!

Maybe it’s us but the boys look real weird and uncomfortable during their “performance”.

“Don’t Worry Baby” is credited to Brian Wilson and Roger Christian. It was produced by Brian Wilson and first recorded by the Beach Boys on their 1964 album Shut Down Volume 2.

Shut Down Volume 2 was their fifth studio album and the first of four they released in 1964! Although far from their greatest opus, this LP had some inspirational moments and showed Brian Wilson’s music becoming more ambitious and experimental.

Probably the finest moment on the album, “Don’t Worry Baby” is a tender beautiful ballad with falsetto lead vocal by Brian.

The song tells the tale of a teenager who brags about his new car and then is forced to defend his honour after another teenager challenges him to a race. He is in some personal agony but takes strength from his girlfriend’s assurances about his safety and about the power of her love for him.

It’s a theme that could have straight out of a Jimmy Dean movie and a tale which perhaps we today would consider anachronistic and a tad silly. Regardless of this, its core theme of the power of love and the comfort love can provide, is a timeless one and the song still manages to retain its original, inherent strength and beauty all these years later.

“Don’t Worry Baby” was also released as the B-side of The Beach Boys’ first U.S. #1 hit single, “I Get Around”, managing to reach #24 on the US Hot 100 in its own right. The single was released in the United States in May, 1964 through Capitol Records. It was released a month later, in June 1964, in the United Kingdom.

Brian Wilson cited the song as his attempt to capture the essence of his all-time favourite record, Be My Baby by the Ronettes (who would later cover his song.)

At one time, Wilson apparently listened to his 45 record of “Be My Baby” – the song he “could never do” – up to 100 times a day!

The song “Don’t Worry Baby” is part of the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list.

It is ranked #176 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time“.

It’s been a hugely influential song. John Lennon’s 1980 hit “(Just Like) Starting Over” strongly borrows from the verse melody of “Don’t Worry Baby”, while Garbage’s 1998 hit Push It contains an interpolation of its chorus.

A detailed analysis of the song can be had here:

There have been many, let’s say “attempts” at covering this classic!

Keith Moon, drummer for The Who, covered this song on his only solo album, Two Sides of the Moon, with Dick Dale on solo guitar.

Artists as diverse style-wise and quality-wise as Bryan Ferry, the Everly Brothers, the Bay City Rollers, the Fun & Games and Andy Pratt have also offered cover versions of “Don’t Worry Baby”.

Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo in 1992 recorded a good cover of the song which appears on Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo.

New Zealand band Zed performed an uptempo rock-oriented cover version in 2003 on their album This Little Empire.

Muzak monster Billy Joel performed a cover version of this song at “An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson (2001)”. Before he sang, he mentioned that his daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, adored the song from Never Been Kissed and dedicated the song to her.

B.J. Thomas also recorded an interesting version! The song as originally performed by the Beach Boys, is about a teenager who agrees to a challenge to race a rival in order to defend his honor after bragging about his car, and his girlfriend’s plea to take her love with him when he races. The B.J. Thomas version has a more mature theme, as a man waking up to his partner every morning, thinking that her love for him is fading, but his spirits rise as she reminds him how much she believes in him and loves him.

The song is prominently featured in the insanely dumb 2006 thriller Déjà Vu. We had the misfortune to see Déjà Vu, but all the way through had this crazy feeling that we’d seen it before!!!

Déjà Vu is one thing I never want to see again! Boom! Boom!




Well it’s been building up inside of me
For oh I don’t know how long
I don’t know why
But I keep thinking
Somethings bound to go wrong

But she looks in my eyes
And makes me realize
And she says don’t worry baby
Don’t worry baby
Don’t worry baby
Everything will turn out alright

Don’t worry baby
Don’t worry baby
Don’t worry baby

I guess I should’ve kept my mouth shut
When I started to brag about my car
But I cant back down now
I pushed the other guys too far

She makes me come alive
And makes me wanna drive
When she says don’t worry baby
Don’t worry baby
Don’t worry baby
Everything will turn out alright

Don’t worry baby
Don’t worry baby
Don’t worry baby

She told me baby, when you race today
Just take along my love with you
And if you know how much I loved you
Baby nothing could go wrong with you

Oh what she does to me
When she makes love to me
And she says don’t worry baby
Don’t worry baby
Don’t worry baby
Everything will turn out alright

Don’t worry baby
Don’t worry baby
Don’t worry baby

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Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo Covers The Beach Boys "Don’t Worry Baby"

A fine acapella version of the Brian Wilson classic “Don’t Worry Baby” from Rivers Cuomo – recorded for stereogum.

Very doo-wap!

We love it!

The Weez frontman had earlier recorded a cover of the song which appears on Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo, from 199.

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Brian Wilson – Black Cab Session

A great session from the legendary Brian Wilson from the amazing blackcabsessions

Yes, that’s Brian Wilson performing in the back of a London Cab!

I think those are a few Wondermints too!

More about this fantastic series here: wiki/Black_Cab_Sessions

“DEAR BLACK CABS,” THE EMAIL BEGAN, “WOULD YOU PLEASE CONSIDER FILMING A SESSION WITH BRIAN WILSON (OF THE BEACH BOYS).” THEY REALLY DIDN’T NEED TO ADD THAT LAST BIT ABOUT THE BEACH BOYS. A FEW WEEKS LATER WE WERE OUTSIDE ABBEY STUDIOS, WITH THE TAXI HUMMING PATIENTLY BEHIND US, NERVOUSLY AWAITING ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL SONGWRITERS OF ALL TIME. AND THEN HE EMERGED WITH HIS BAND: FIVE OF THEM IN TOTAL. BIT TRICKY THAT BECAUSE, OF COURSE, YOU CAN ONLY SIT FIVE IN THE BACK OF CAB, AND SEEING AS THERE WERE TWO OF US TO FILM AND RECORD SOUND, THAT MADE AN UNLUCKY SEVEN IN TOTAL. SO WE JETTISONED SOUND RECORDING DUTIES, MADE THE FIVE OF THEM COMFORTABLE, AND WEDGED OUR CAMERAMAN IN AN AWKWARD STRESS POSITION BETWEEN THE JUMP SEATS. AND WE WERE AWAY, THE CAMERAMAN FILMING AN UNFORGETTABLE BLACK CAB SESSION WITH BRIAN WILSON (OF THE BEACH BOYS), TRYING TO KEEP THE CAMERA STEADY AS CRAMP SLOWLY TIGHTENS AROUND HIS HAMSTRING. AMAZINGLY, AFTER PERFORMING THAT LUCKY OLD SUN, THE BAND BREAK OUT INTO CALIFORNIA GIRLS. WE’VE COAXED SOME PRETTY BIG ACTS INTO THE BACK OF A CAB BUT LANDING BRIAN WILSON REALLY IS THE MOTHER OF ALL COUPS. WE HOPE YOU ENJOY IT – AND TO GET THE LATEST UPDATES ON FUTURE RELEASES (AND OH BOY WE’VE GOT SOME CRACKERS IN THE MIX), BE SURE TO SIGN UP TO THE KNOWLEDGE. OVER TO YOU BRIAN…

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