Friday, August 18, 2006
And Greatest Song of the Sixties is...
..."God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys. At least that's what the hipsters over at Pitchfork say. I won't argue with that choice, but my favorite song from Pet Sounds is probably either "Caroline No," or "That's Not Me." Wait no, maybe it's "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times." See, this is why I don't make lists. I can't even bother to make a list before I go to the grocery store.
For all my nasty and self-righteous comments about Pitchfork, I have to admit that most of the capsules they wrote for the songs are worth reading. I think what I really object to about a project like this is the apparent desire to quantify everything, the need to put a number on something intangible and keep it in a tidy, manageable box. My mind is far too sloppy and non-linear for that kind of thing.
Anyway, I'm pretty sure my favorite Beach Boys song is "Don't Worry Baby"--sex, death, cars, hubris--the song captures the essence of 20th Century America in 2 minutes and 49 seconds. Then again, "In My Room" is pretty great too...and then there's "Good Vibrations"...forget it.
For those of you more decisive than me: What is your favorite Beach Boys song? What is your favorite song from the sixties? And if you did not give the same answer to both of those questions, please explain what is wrong with you.