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|Single by The Beach Boys|
|from the album The Beach Boys|
|Released||May 8, 1985|
|Genre||Pop, doo wop|
|Writer(s)||Mike Love, Terry Melcher|
|The Beach Boys singles chronology|
"Getcha Back" is a song written by Mike Love and Terry Melcher for the American rock band The Beach Boys, on their 1985 album The Beach Boys. It was the band's first release since the tragic drowning death of Dennis Wilson in 1983. The song peaked at number 26 nationally and number two on the Adult Contemporary chart. "Getcha Back" recaptured the sound and feel of the Beach Boys' early hits.
Musically, the backing vocals resemble those from the 1959 hit "Hushabye" by The Mystics, which the Beach Boys had covered in 1964 for their All Summer Long album. Comparisons could also be made to Bruce Springsteen's 1980 hit "Hungry Heart", which Love later recorded a cover of for a tribute album. The Allmusic Review had this to say "despite the production sheen provided by Steve Levine (of Culture Club fame), this is another competent but uninspired effort."
The music video directed by Dominic Orlando, was filmed on location in Malibu and Venice, California. It featured a then-unknown Katherine Kelly Lang, who went on to play Brooke Logan on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. Although the active members of the Beach Boys appear in the video, they do not play, sing, or lip-sync the song.
- The Beach Boys
- Al Jardine - vocals
- Bruce Johnston - vocals
- Mike Love - lead vocals
- Brian Wilson - lead vocals, backing vocals, falsetto, vocal arrangements (uncredited), keyboard bass (uncredited)
- Carl Wilson - vocals
- Additional musicians and production staff
- John Alder - guitars
- Graham Broad - percussion
- Steve Grainger - baritone saxophone
- Steve Levine - synth, drum programming
- Julian Lindsay - keyboards
- Terry Melcher - keyboards
Mark McGrath, lead singer of the California rock band Sugar Ray, performed a cover of this song for the soundtrack of Herbie: Fully Loaded, a Walt Disney Pictures movie released in 2005. The Beach Boys version appears at the beginning, during the flashback of Herbie's racing career, during the opening credits.