Thursday, January 05, 2006

A little Music History...


Maybe everyone already knew this, but I realized something great today. I was listening to “Back in the USSR” and I noticed that there were some distinct Beach Boys riffs in there. So then of course, I hit up Wikipedia, only to discover I was right.

“The song describes a parody of a bad flight from the US to the Soviet Union on board a British BOAC airplane, the superior “beauty” of Soviet women over those of the Western world, the sound of balalaikas ringing, and the incredible fortunate returning to a communist state. The song was a parody of Chuck Berry’s “Back in the USA” and the Beach Boy’s California Girls, also containing a reference to “Georgia on my mind”.

So interesting. I think I just feel proud to have figured that out on my own. One music commentator (yes I researched) claimed "You'd have to have been born on another planet, or at least in a different century, to miss the several Beach Boys references". So I know - not very groundbreaking. But heck - I am going to be proud. This is new for me.

3 comments:

the tapered pant said...

Good old Pet Sounds.

M-How said...

Hey I'm taking a class this semester called "Rock, Faith & Pop Culture". I had it yesterday only to be reminded how little I know about Rock music. It's gonna be good though, to learn & listen to it. The Beatles are on the top 50 list for the class; along w/ many others such as Bruce Springsteen, The Who, The Clash, Michael Jackson, REM, Bob Dylan, Eminem, Coldplay, U2, & many many more. I probably know the least of anyone in my class but pretty soon I'll be a rock music whiz & wow the people:)

Spiro said...

good, good job.