Song of the Week: “Heroes and Villains” – Beach Boys

13 Nov

Originally recorded for the Smile album, and eventually released on Smiley Smile and as a single, “Heroes and Villains” was one of my favorite Beach Boys tunes. The layer upon layer of vocals, sounds, and instrumentation that also feature on “Surf’s Up” and “Good Vibrations” were just magic to my childhood self, and I listened to the vinyl Good Vibrations greatest hits album regularly because of them. Nowadays, reading about what a prolonged, torturous experience it was for Brian Wilson and the band to produce these songs tempers the joy some, but they’re all still excellent. I should note that I prefer the version without the “cantina” and “bicycle rider” segments.

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