I Wanna Pick You Up

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"I Wanna Pick You Up"
Song by The Beach Boys
from the album Love You
Released April 11, 1977
Recorded October 13, 1976,
Brother Studios, California[1]
Genre Synthpop
Length 2:39
Label Brother/Reprise
Songwriter(s) Brian Wilson
Producer(s) Brian Wilson
Love You track listing
"Let's Put Our Hearts Together"
"I Wanna Pick You Up"

"I Wanna Pick You Up" is a song written by Brian Wilson for American rock band the Beach Boys. It was initially demoed during the 15 Big Ones sessions as "Pick Ya Up at 8"[citation needed] but was subsequently reworked and released on their 1977 album Love You.[citation needed]


"I Wanna Pick You Up" was tracked on October 13, 1976 at Brother Studios with the backing track largely being performed by Brian Wilson through the aid of multitrack recording.[2] Dennis Wilson sings the majority of the lead vocals on the song with brother Brian joining him on the second half of the verses and the chorus. The song's tag features a five-part a capella harmony arrangement.[3]


Cover versions[edit]

  • In the 1990s, the song was covered by Darian Sahanaja in the production style of Pet Sounds with an introductory keyboard arrangement similar to the opening of The Beach Boys' "You Still Believe In Me," and an ending with vocal harmonies borrowed from a "Heroes And Villains" outtake that were eventually used on the Brian Wilson Presents Smile version of the song. Sahanaja's cover of "I Wanna Pick You Up" was released as a b-side of the Brian Wilson penned "Do You Have Any Regrets". The single was pressed on blue vinyl with a label parodying X Records, the label that released The Beach Boys' first single, "Surfin'".[4]
  • In 2000 the song was covered by Alex Chilton for the compilation album Caroline Now!.[5]


  1. ^ Badman, Keith. The Beach Boys. The Definitive Diary of America's Greatest Band: On Stage and in the Studio Backbeat Books, San Francisco, California, 2004. ISBN 0-87930-818-4
  2. ^ Doe, Andrew G. (2012). "GIGS76". Retrieved October 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ Altman, Billy (1977-05-05). "Love You – Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.45cat.com/record/eno085
  5. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Caroline Now : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-11.