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.