Hey Little Tomboy

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"Hey Little Tomboy"
Single by The Beach Boys
from the album M.I.U. Album
A-side "Peggy Sue"
Released August 28, 1978 (1978-08-28)
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded October 1976 (1976-10)–1978 (1978)
Genre Rock
Length 2:27
Songwriter(s) Brian Wilson
Producer(s) The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"Honkin' Down the Highway"
"Hey Little Tomboy"
"Here Comes the Night"
"Honkin' Down the Highway"
"Peggy Sue"
"Here Comes the Night"
Audio sample

"Hey Little Tomboy" is a song written by Brian Wilson for American rock band the Beach Boys, released on their 1978 album M.I.U. Album, and as the B-side to their single "Peggy Sue". The song was nearly included as a track on Adult/Child before the album was rejected.[1]

The Beach Boys' recording originates from March–October 1976 15 Big Ones/Love You sessions.[2] Wilson, describing "Hey Little Tomboy" as a contender for the Love You track list, said: "It's about a little girl who is sort of a rough neck, and this guy convinces her to become a pretty girl, and sure enough she slowly turns into a pretty—she starts shaving her legs and wearing short sticks—puts lipstick on and makeup. So she's a little tomboy. … We're very happy with it."[3]

Biographer Peter Ames Carlin wrote: "[the song] reveled uncomfortably in an adolescent girl who is putting away her skateboard and baseball mitt in order to get hot and heavy with the swain portrayed by Mike [Love]. … [it] may be the most unsettling moment in the entire recorded history of the Beach Boys."[4]

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  1. ^ Lambert, Philip (2007). Inside the Music of Brian Wilson: The Songs, Sounds, and Influences of the Beach Boys' Founding Genius. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 314. ISBN 978-1-4411-0748-0. 
  2. ^ Doe, Andrew Grayham. "GIGS76". Endless Summer Quarterly. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ "INTERVIEW WITH BRIAN WILSON OF THE BEACH BOYS IN EARLY 1980'S". Global Image Works. 1976. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ Carlin, Peter Ames (2006). Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson. Rodale. p. 226. ISBN 978-1-59486-320-2. 
  5. ^ Schnee, Steve "Spaz". "BMX Bandits On the Radio (1986-1996)". AllMusic. Retrieved July 18, 2014.