Review: “Surf: The Musical” Opening Night Performance in Las Vegas

Originally posted 2012-07-05 16:53:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

By Jim Fusco:

Last week, my wife and I were on vacation in Las Vegas.  We were SO excited to learn that we were there on opening night of “Surf: The Musical”!  We got tickets and honestly, I didn’t know what to expect.  We went over to Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino…

Well, we were pleasantly surprised!  The show featured 30 Beach Boys songs and even had a couple of obscure ones, like Dennis Wilson’s “Be Still” (from the 1969 album “20/20”) and (slightly less obscure) “Getcha Back” (from the 1985 album “The Beach Boys”).

One of the coolest moments was after a car crash, the chorus sang “Our Prayer” (from Smile)- it was the perfect song choice.  Actually, I was surprised at how well the lyrics to all the songs fit in so well with the story.  They had to change a few lyrics (mostly gender-related), but it was done well.

Of course, the show was “Vegas-fied” with a lot of dancing, skimpier outfits than anyone would’ve worn in 1965, and there were a lot of special effects and lighting tricks.  The background was a set of three large LCD screens.  That was a great touch because the background changed with each scene- it allowed them to have different “locations” without having a ton of set props.  There was even a really cool Ferris Wheel effect that drew applause from the audience.

The singing was done pretty well- normally I can’t stand hearing people over-dramatize my favorite songs.  But, these stayed fairly true to the originals.

Overall, we had a ton of fun and I would really recommend it to any Beach Boys fan.  I hope it does well!

“Soulful Old Man Sunshine” (Beach Boys Cover)

Originally posted 2008-03-10 14:14:41. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

By Jim Fusco:

Welcome to my Beach Boys Session for this week! Today, this song goes out by request, but I probably would’ve done it eventually, anyway.

This is a technically unreleased song called “Soulful Old Man Sunshine” that was only released on a compilation a few years ago.

I truly think the only reason the Beach Boys never released it is because of Carl’s “shun-shine” gaff in the middle 8.

I figured out this song’s chords by myself and even though I took some liberties, I think it stays true to the original.

Also, I think this is one of the few over-produced Beach Boys songs. That’s why I was so excited to strip all that excess out and just make an acoustic version. You’ll notice that I even sing a bit of it like Brian Wilson did in the original demo of the song, also included on that compilation. I love that version, too- it’s a bit more jazzy.

Thank you for making this ongoing series so incredibly popular! We’re doing a Session a day in 2008, so make sure to check back EVERY DAY you go on the computer for fresh, new material at http://laptopsessions.com. Don’t forget to RATE the songs, too!



Ranking every Beach Boys album and song: “Surfer Girl” LP (by Songwriter Jim Fusco)

Originally posted 2008-02-08 10:59:41. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

By Jim Fusco:

ALBUM – SURFER GIRL

Hawaii – 7
Surfer Girl – 9
In My Room – 9
Catch A Wave – 8
Little Deuce Coupe – 8
(great blues song)
Surfer Moon – 8
Surfers Rule – 5

Our Car Club – 6 (I like it better on the Little Deuce Coupe album!)
Boogie Woodie – 3
Your Summer Dream – 7

The Rocking Surfer – 2
South Bay Surfer – 1 (ugh)

** Other than a little flakiness at the end of the album, this is a GREAT one- some classics on Side One and the songs I like, I like a LOT. **

“Getcha Back” by the Beach Boys – Chords & How to Play

Originally posted 2010-07-07 23:45:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

To see how it’s played in the cover song music video, CLICK HERE!

“Getcha Back”
The Beach Boys (Love – Melcher)

Intro:   A   F#m   Bm   E   (x2)

E               A                        F#m
The other night, they were playin’ our song.
Bm                        E
Hadn’t heard it for oh so long.
A                                          F#m
Took me back darlin’ to that time in my car when you
Bm                                 E
Cried all night ‘cuz we’d gone too far.

E                           A                             F#m
Can I ever getcha back, getcha back, baby,
F#m                Bm                  E
Gonna getcha back now.
E                           F                 G
Can I ever getcha back?

I’m getting tired, layin’ around here at night.
Thinkin’ ’bout some other guy holdin’ you tight.
He may have money and a brand new car,
May even treat you like a movie star.

Ain’t no matter what he ever do for you:
He can never love you like I can do.
So if I leave her and you leave him,
Can we ever get it back again?

E                           A                             F#m
Can I ever getcha back, getcha back, baby,
F#m                Bm                  E
Gonna getcha back now.
E                           A
Can I ever getcha back?

Middle:  B   Abm   C#m   F#

F#        B                             Abm
Getcha back, getcha back, baby,
Abm                C#m              F#
Gonna getcha back now.

I’ll leave her, and you leave him.
Can we baby get back again?

** These chords and lyrics are interpretations and transcriptions, respectively, and are the sole property of the copyright holder(s).  They are posted on this website free of charge for no profit for the purpose of study and commentary, as allowed for under the “fair use” provision of U.S. copyright law, and should only be used for such personal and/or academic work. **