Jealousy just west coast-sparkling over the fact that they were “getting eclipsed by a group called The Beatles from London” earlier in the year, The Beach Boys flexed their American pop arm today in 1964 at the season premier of The Ed Sullivan Show. Camera swooping up over the exposed engine of an old Ford Model T, the quintet immediately jangled into “I Get Around,” supported by a choir of screaming girls, as was mob fashionable at the time.
They even one-upped the mop-tops, really, with teenage panache, Mike Love (far right) hand-jiving at one-point, the whole crew threaded in pinstripe surfing garb. They would follow it up after the break with “Wendy,” but nothing encapsulated the moment better than the Pacific-breeze freedom of the former, tumbling toward those crystalline harmonies:
I’m getting’ bugged driving up and down the same old strip
I gotta find a new place where the kids are hip
My buddies and me are getting real well known
Yeah, the bad guys know us and they leave us alone
I get around
Get around round round I get around