Getcha Back

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"Getcha Back"
Single by The Beach Boys
from the album The Beach Boys
B-side "Male Ego"
Released May 8, 1985
Format Vinyl
Genre New wave
Length 2:59
Label Brother Records
Writer(s) Mike Love, Terry Melcher
Producer(s) Steve Levine, harmony and backing vocals produced by Brian Wilson (Uncredited)
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"Come Go with Me"
"Getcha Back"
"It's Gettin' Late"

"Getcha Back" is a song written by Mike Love and Terry Melcher for the American rock band The Beach Boys. It was released on their 1985 album The Beach Boys. It was the band's first release since the tragic drowning death of Dennis Wilson in 1983. The song peaked at number 26 nationally, and reached number two on the Adult Contemporary chart.[1] "Getcha Back" recaptured the sound and feel of the Beach Boys' early hits. Musically, the backing vocals resemble those from the 1959 hit Hushabye by The Mystics later recorded by the Beach Boys in 1964. Comparisons could also be made to Bruce Springsteen's 1980 hit "Hungry Heart", which Love later recorded a cover of for a tribute album.

Music Video[edit]

The music video directed by Dominic Orlando, was filmed on location in Malibu and Venice, California. (1985). It featured a then-unknown Katherine Kelly Lang, who went on to play Brooke Logan on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. Although the active members of The Beach Boys appear in the video, they do not play, sing, or lip-sync the song.

Cover Versions[edit]

Mark McGrath, lead singer of the California rock band Sugar Ray, performed a cover of this song for the soundtrack of Herbie: Fully Loaded, a Walt Disney Pictures movie released in 2005. The Beach Boys version appears at the beginning, during the flashback of Herbie's racing career, during the opening credits.

Live Versions[edit]

The song was played on The Beach Boys 50th Reunion tour in 2012 with David Marks taking over on lead vocals and with Jeff Foskett on Brian Wilson's original falsetto part. The song has also been played by the Mike Love and Bruce Johnston led Beach Boys with Love on his original lead however in early 2008 his son Christian took over the lead since then it has been a regular in the set lists.



  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 29.