All Dressed Up for School

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"All Dressed Up for School"
Song by The Beach Boys from the album Little Deuce Coupe/All Summer Long
Released 1990 (1990)
Recorded September 16, 1964 (1964-09-16), United Western Recorders, Hollywood
Genre Rock
Length 2:20
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Brian Wilson
Producer(s) Brian Wilson
Little Deuce Coupe/All Summer Long track listing
"Be True to Your School (single version)"
"All Dressed Up for School"
"Little Honda (alternate take)"

"All Dressed Up for School" is a song written by Brian Wilson for the American rock band The Beach Boys. It was recorded very early in the sessions for the 1965 album Today!, but was not released until 1990. Carl Wilson sings vocals, a rarity at the time the song was recorded. In the song, the singer finds himself suddenly attracted to a girl (who had a crush on him) who he previously wasn't interested in until she dressed up in new school clothes. However, all the other boys also are trying to get her attention, which means that the girl no longer has time for him.

Author Philip Lambert described the track as "packed with musical invention" and said that the lyrics are "interesting" despite being "unsuitable for release in 1964."[1] Author Andrew Hickey described the song as "absolutely astonishing."[2]


"All Dressed Up for School" started life as a song called "What Will I Wear to School (Today)", a song which was written in early 1964 for Sharon Marie, (a friend of Mike Love's) but never recorded.[1] According to author Keith Badman, this version of the song featured lyrics that were partly written by Roger Christian, a frequent writing collaborator of Brian Wilson's.[1]

Parts of the melody of "All Dressed Up for School" would be reused by Brian Wilson in "I Just Got My Pay", an outtake from 1970's Sunflower, which was released in 1993 on the box set.[1] The chords in the opening a capella vocal passage would later show up in unreleased versions of "Heroes and Villains", and later in the 1980 single "Goin' On".[1]


The song was recorded on September 16, 1964 at Western Studios, with Chuck Britz as the engineer. For its release in 1990, it was mixed by Mark Linett.


Track details per session archivist Craig Slowinski.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Lambert, Philip. Inside the Music of Brian Wilson. pp. 176–177. 
  2. ^ Hickey, Andrew. The Beach Boys On CD vol 1: The 1960s. 
  3. ^ Craig, Slowinski (2014). Keep an Eye On Summer 1964 (Digital Liner). The Beach Boys. Capitol Records.  Mirror