Solar System (song)

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"Solar System"
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Single by The Beach Boys
from the album Love You
A-side "Honkin' Down the Highway"
Released May 30, 1977
Format Vinyl
Recorded October 1976 to January 1977
Genre Rock
Length 2:47
Label Brother
Songwriter(s) Brian Wilson
Producer(s) Brian Wilson
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"Everyone's in Love with You"
(1976)
"Solar System"
(1977)
"Peggy Sue"
(1978)
"Everyone's in Love with You"
(1976)
"Honkin' Down the Highway"
(1977)
"Peggy Sue"
(1978)

"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]


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". [5]

Cover versions[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Love You". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  2. ^ 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. ^ "CG: beach boys". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2016-10-12.