Little Honda

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"Little Honda"
Song by The Beach Boys from the album All Summer Long
Released July 13, 1964 (1964-07-13)
Recorded April 2 / 10, 1964, United Western Recorders, Hollywood
Genre Pop rock, hot rod rock[1]
Length 1:52
Label Capitol
Writer Brian Wilson/Mike Love
Producer Brian Wilson
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.[2]

It was covered by The Hondells, whose recording produced by Gary Usher peaked at #9 on the U.S. Billboard 100.

Chart placement[edit]

The cover of the 1966 Italian single release

"Little Honda" peaked at #65 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the Beach Boys but became an international favorite, rising to #1 in Sweden, #5 in Denmark 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Personnel[edit]

The Beach Boys

Covers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guarisco, Donald A. "Song review". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ Felton, David (1976). "The Healing of Brother Brian". Rolling Stone. 

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