Catch a Wave
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|"Catch a Wave"|
|Song by The Beach Boys from the album Surfer Girl|
|Released||September 16, 1963|
|Recorded||July 14 / 16, 1963
|Surfer Girl track listing|
"Catch a Wave" is a song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love for American rock band, The Beach Boys, released on their 1963 album Surfer Girl. In 1990, Wilson wrote of the song: "[It] was more rhythmic. The guitars were more clean and driving as if to say they didn't wanna stop. The piano was played by me and it was perfectly synchronized with the guitars. The 3 different sounds combined to make one unique sound. I was ecstatic about this."
As Al Jardine performs on bass and sings on the track, "Catch a Wave" is an example of the six-man lineup the band had at times in the summer and fall of 1963, prior to Marks' quitting the Beach Boys late in the year.
- Al Jardine - bass guitar, vocals
- Maureen Love - harp
- Mike Love - lead vocal
- David Marks - guitar
- Brian Wilson - organ, piano, lead vocal
- Carl Wilson - guitar, vocals
- Dennis Wilson - drums, vocals
Despite never being released as a single, the track was included on the greatest-hits 1974 Endless Summer album that revived the commercial sales of the band. The track is also featured in the 1993 box set Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys in a version that is about 11 seconds longer due to the 'fade' coming after the refrain is sung four times, not two, as is the case with the original releases.
Jan and Dean re-worked the lyrics of this surfing song to become a song about skateboarding and called "Sidewalk Surfin'". It was released as a single in 1964 and charted at #25 in Billboard.