The cover of the 1966 Italian single release
|Song by The Beach Boys from the album All Summer Long|
|Released||July 13, 1964|
|Recorded||April 2/10, 1964, United Western Recorders, Hollywood|
|Genre||Surf rock, pop rock|
|Writer||Brian Wilson/Mike Love|
|All Summer Long track listing|
"Little Honda" is a song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love for the American rock band The Beach Boys. It was released on their 1964 album All Summer Long, and featured on their EP, Four by The Beach Boys. The song pays tribute to the small Honda motorcycle and its ease of operation, specifically the Honda Super Cub. Carl Wilson recalls:
[Brian] does exactly what he wants to do. I remember [sits back and laughs] — this is so funny — when we did "Little Honda," Brian wanted me to get this real distorted guitar sound, real fuzzy. "This guitar sounds like shit," I said. "Brian, I hate this." And he goes, "Would you fucking do it? Just do it." When I heard it, I felt like an asshole. It sounded really hot. That was before fuzz became a big deal.
"Little Honda" peaked at #65 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the Beach Boys but became an international favorite, rising to #1 in Sweden and #8 in Norway in early 1965 as cited by a contemporary issue of Billboard, #15 on Canada's national RPM chart, and concurrently #44 in Germany.
In regional North American charts the Beach Boys' recording was particularly popular in Los Angeles, Washington DC and Minneapolis (all #2), Vancouver (#3), Richmond (#4), Montreal (#6), San Jose (#8), and came close to top ten in Miami, Cincinnati, Winnipeg and in Springfield and Manchester in New England.
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- The Beach Boys
- Al Jardine – vocals, rhythm guitar
- Brian Wilson – vocals, bass guitar
- Carl Wilson – vocals, lead guitar
- Dennis Wilson – vocals, drums
- Mike Love – vocals
- 1964 – The Hondells, single "Little Honda"
- 1965 – Jan & Dean, Command Performance
- 1996 – The Queers, Bubblegum Dreams 7", Lookout!
- 1997 – Yo La Tengo, I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
- 2003 – Expulsados, Altoparlantes
- 2003 – Travoltas, Party!
- 2003 – The Demonics, Demons on Wheels
- 2011 – Cosmonauts, New Psychic Denim EP