Little Honda

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"Little Honda"
Song by The Beach Boys from the album All Summer Long
Released July 13, 1964 (1964-07-13)
Recorded April 2 / 10, 1964, United Western Recorders, Hollywood
Genre Pop rock, hot rod rock[1]
Length 1:52
Label Capitol
Writer Brian Wilson/Mike Love
Producer Brian Wilson
All Summer Long track listing

"Little Honda" is a song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love for the American rock band The Beach Boys. It was released on their 1964 album All Summer Long, and featured on their EP, Four by The Beach Boys. The song pays tribute to the small Honda motorcycle and its ease of operation, specifically the Honda Super Cub. Carl Wilson recalls:

[Brian] does exactly what he wants to do. I remember [sits back and laughs] — this is so funny — when we did "Little Honda," Brian wanted me to get this real distorted guitar sound, real fuzzy. "This guitar sounds like shit," I said. "Brian, I hate this." And he goes, "Would you fucking do it? Just do it." When I heard it, I felt like an asshole. It sounded really hot. That was before fuzz became a big deal.[2]

It was covered by The Hondells, whose recording produced by Gary Usher peaked at #9 on the U.S. Billboard 100.

Cover of the 1966 Italian single


Per Craig Slowinski.[3]

The Beach Boys
Additional musicians and production staff



  1. ^ Guarisco, Donald A. "Song review". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ Felton, David (1976). "The Healing of Brother Brian". Rolling Stone. 
  3. ^ Boyd, Alan; Linette, Mark; Slowinski, Craig (2014). Keep an Eye on Summer 1964 (Digital Liner). The Beach Boys. Capitol Records.  (Mirror)

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