She's Goin' Bald

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"She's Goin' Bald"
Song by The Beach Boys from the album Smiley Smile
Released September 18, 1967 (1967-09-18)
Recorded June 3–July 14, 1967, Brian Wilson's home studio, Los Angeles
Genre Psychedelic rock, comedy song
Length 2:15
Label Brother/Capitol
Writer Brian Wilson/Mike Love/Van Dyke Parks
Producer The Beach Boys
Smiley Smile track listing
"He Gives Speeches"
Song by The Beach Boys from the album The Smile Sessions
Released October 31, 2011 (2011-10-31)
Recorded August or September 1966
Length 1:13
Writer Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks

"She's Goin' Bald" is a song from The Beach Boys' 1967 album, Smiley Smile. Like many of the songs on that album, it has roots in the abandoned Smile album, as the short song "He Gives Speeches". Both compositions are built from the "How Dry I Am" progression.[1]

Background[edit]

"He Gives Speeches," like many other Smile songs, was composed as a section for the track "Heroes and Villains". The descending harmony vocals heard in "My Only Sunshine" were recycled by Wilson for "He Gives Speeches". However, after the collapse of Smile, the song remained dormant.

"He Gives Speeches" was later reworked on Smiley Smile as "She's Goin' Bald" with new lyrics by Mike Love. In 1995, Brian Wilson said that it was only a coincidence that Love himself "was on his way to goin' bald then," and that group did the song without being aware that he might have thought it was about him. Brian then called it "one of the funnier songs [the Beach Boys] ever done, very current for its time."[2] This version includes some unusual effects, including the novel use of an "Eltro Information Rate Changer" to raise the pitch of the group's vocals without affecting the tempo. An example of this obscure effect is present in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.[3]

When it came time to assemble the Smile material for Brian Wilson Presents Smile in 2004, Wilson passed on the song's inclusion.[4] The Beach Boys' recording of "He Gives Speeches" was then issued as a bonus track on the CD version of The Smile Sessions in 2011.

Personnel[edit]

"She's Goin' Bald"
"He Gives Speeches"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lambert, Philip (2007). Inside the Music of Brian Wilson: The Songs, Sounds, and Influences of the Beach Boys' Founding Genius. Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 269–70. ISBN 9781441107480. 
  2. ^ Benci, Jacopo (January 1995). "Brian Wilson interview". Record Collector (UK) (185). 
  3. ^ Carlos, Wendy (July 2008). "Vintage Technologies: The Eltro and the Voice of HAL". Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Bell, Matt (October 2004). "The Resurrection of Brian Wilson's Smile". Sound on Sound. soundonsound.com. Retrieved 16 July 2013.