I Just Wasn't Made for These Times (song)
|"I Just Wasn't Made for These Times"|
Cover to 1996 Sub Pop single release
|Song by The Beach Boys from the album Pet Sounds|
|Released||May 16, 1966|
|Recorded||February 14, 1966
Gold Star Studios
March 10 - April 13, 1966
|Pet Sounds track listing|
In 1996, Sub Pop released a stereo mix of The Beach Boys' "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" as a single with a vocal only version of "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and with the stereo backing to "Here Today as the B-side."
Writing and recording
The lyrics were written by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher about the ruminations on romance and the loss of innocence involved in growing up. Although sung by Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson was originally intended to sing lead on "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times". On the song's lyrical meaning, Wilson stated "It's about a guy who was crying out because he thought he was too advanced, and that he'd eventually have to leave people behind. All my friends thought I was crazy to do Pet Sounds." Wilson has stated that "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" was telling a self-portrait of his troubled psyche and that he was too advanced for his time.
The song is the first rock record to feature a keyboard-controlled variation of the theremin, which was later named the Electro-Theremin or Tannerin. Shortly after this track was recorded, Brian Wilson used the Tannerin on "Good Vibrations". Brian admitted "I was so scared of Theremins when I was a kid, the thing about the '40s mystery movies where they had those kind of witchy sounds. I don't know how I ever arrived at the place where I'd want to get one — but we got it."
The instrumental track was recorded on February 14, 1966, and vocal sessions ran between March 10 through April 13, 1966.
Brian Wilson played the song live for the first time ever during his Pet Sounds Tour in the early 2000's. The song was performed by The Beach Boys for the first time ever during the groups 50th Anniversary Tour. Despite reports the band played the song live during its 1993 "Box Set Tour" with Al Jardine on lead vocals these reports seem to be false as bootlegs from these shows don't contain a performance of the song.
- The Beach Boys
- Brian Wilson – lead vocal
- Carl Wilson – vocals
- Dennis Wilson – vocals
- Al Jardine – vocals
- Mike Love – vocals
- Bruce Johnston - vocals
- Additional musicians
- Chuck Berghofer – upright bass
- Hal Blaine – drums, timpani, bongos
- Glen Campbell – guitar
- Frank Capp – tympani, latin percussion
- Steve Douglas – tenor saxophone
- Plas Johnson – tenor saxophone
- Barney Kessel – guitar
- Bobby Klein – tenor saxophone
- Mike Melvoin – harpsichord
- Jay Migliori – baritone saxophone
- Tommy Morgan – harmonica
- Ray Pohlman – bass guitar
- Don Randi – piano
- Paul Tanner – Tannerin
The song has been covered by:
- Brian Wilson himself on Pet Sounds Live
- Sixpence None the Richer for the tribute album Making God Smile
- Patrick Wolf for Do It Again: A Tribute To Pet Sounds
- Married couple Aimee Mann and Michael Penn for A Tribute To Brian Wilson (2001)
- Japanese group Feelds for the tribute album Smiling Pets (Sony Japan, 1998)
- English indie band The Servants on the album Reserved (Cherry Red, 2006)
- Kat Edmonson for her album Way Down Low.
- Rich Batsford for his album Mindfulmess
- Elliott, Brad (August 31, 1999). "Pet Sounds Track Notes". beachboysfanclub.com. Retrieved March 3, 2009.
- J. DeRogatis, Turn On Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock (Milwaukie, Michigan: Hal Leonard, 2003), ISBN 0-634-05548-8, p. 4.
- "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times". Sub Pop. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
- Morris, C. (July 6, 1996). "Sub Pop Releases Beach Boys Single". Billboard Magazine. p. 9. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
- "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times review". Allmusic.com.
- T. Pinch and F. Trocco, Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2004), ISBN 0-674-01617-3, p. 87.