Solar System (song)

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"Solar System"
Single by The Beach Boys
from the album Love You
A-side "Honkin' Down the Highway"
Released May 30, 1977
Format Vinyl
Recorded Unknown
Genre Rock
Length 2:47
Label Brother
Producer(s) Brian Wilson
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"Everyone's in Love with You"
"Honkin' Down the Highway"
"Peggy Sue"

"Solar System" is a song written by Brian Wilson for the American rock band The Beach Boys. It was released on their 1977 album Love You with a lead vocal by Brian Wilson.[1][2]

Writing and recording[edit]

During the afternoon of October 26, 1976, Trish Campo, former chief administrator of Brother Studios recalled Brian at the studio sitting at a hammond B3 organ, absently gazing at the giant circular stained glass window over him depicting planets and stars. Later that afternoon, Campo heard "Solar System" coming out of the studio.[3] Brian explained that the lyrics were written while driving to a parents' meeting at his daughters' school. When he got home, he finished the song on his piano, exclaiming, "This is a gr-eat song! These lyrics are great. This melody is great. (whistles) I've got a beauty here!" He then named it one of his favorites on Love You, adding, "When I'm 90, I'm gonna be as proud of that song as I am now."[4]

The song uses a triple meter, a trait reminiscent of the 1968 Friends album and contains flashes of choral brilliance.[according to whom?][2] The subject and lyrics are amateurish and the song is quirky and baffling, but it is ultimately endearing.[according to whom?][1][5]

Music critic Robert Christgau loved the Love You album and gave it an A overall; and he found Solar System to be "impossible to shake", and characterized by a "silliness that registered as charming". [6]

Cover versions[edit]

  • Alex Chilton covered "Solar System" in concert during the mid-eighties.


  1. ^ a b "Love You". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  2. ^ a b Lambert, P. (2007). Inside the Music of Brian Wilson: The Songs, Sounds and Influences of the Beach Boys' Founding Genius. Continuum. p. 312. ISBN 978-0-8264-1877-7. 
  3. ^ Carlin, Peter Ames (2006). "12". Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, & Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson. Rodale Books (New York). ISBN 978-1-59486-320-2. 
  4. ^ Benci, Jacopo (January 1995). "Brian Wilson interview". Record Collector. UK (185). 
  5. ^ Bleiel, J. (1999). Add Some Music To Your Day: Analyzing and Enjoying the Music of the Beach Boys. Tiny Ripple Books. p. 65. ISBN 978-0-9675973-0-0. 
  6. ^ "CG: beach boys". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2016-10-12.