I Get Around
The Beach Boys
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I'm gettin' bugged driving up and down the same old strip
I gotta finda new place where the kids are hip

1964
1
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1964 for two weeks
  • on July 4, 1964, "I Get Around" moved Peter and Gordon's "A World Without Love" off the top of the Hot 100, which had held the position for one week
  • peaked at No. 7 on the UK Singles chart in 1964 - the first Top-10 single in the UK for The Beach Boys
  • single released May 11, 1964
  • RIAA certified Gold record
  • the opening track from The Beach Boys' sixth album, All Summer Long (1964)
  • it was drummer Dennis Wilson, the only one in the band who surfed, that suggested to the others that they write a song about surfing
  • lead vocal: Mike Love (verses), Brian Wilson (chorus)
  • the first of four No. 1 hit singles on the Hot 100 for The Beach Boys
  • on the record:
         -The Beach Boys
             Brian Wilson - lead vocals, harmony and backing vocals, Baldwin harpsichord
             Mike Love - lead vocals, harmony and backing vocals, handclaps
             Carl Wilson - lead guitar, harmony and backing vocals
             Al Jardine - bass guitar, harmony and backing vocals
             Dennis Wilson - drums, harmony and backing vocals
         -session musicians
             Ray Pohlman - bass guitar
             Steve Douglas - tenor saxophone
             Jay Migliori - baritone saxophone
             Hal Blaine - timbales
  • written by Brian Wilson, Mike Love
  • produced by Brian Wilson
  • engineered by Chuck Britz
  • Capitol Records label
  • Alice Cooper: "I was about 14 when this song came out. I wasn't a surfer, but it spoke to me. That's exactly what I wanted to do: go drive around with my buddies. It's still my favorite song."
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