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16th May - The Beach Boys, Nirvana and David Bowie

  • By Effy
  • 16 May 2011



45 years ago to this very day The Beach Boys released the album 'Pet Sounds' in the US, the eleventh studio album by the American rock band. The album is now regarded as the masterpiece of composer-producer Brian Wilson, and is often hailed as one of the best and most influential albums in popular music. Its success can be credited to Wilson’s use of elaborate layers of vocal harmonies, coupled with sound effects and unconventional instruments such as bicycle bells, buzzing organs, harpsichords, flutes, Electro-Theremin, dog whistles, trains, Hawaiian-sounding string instruments, Coca-Cola cans and barking dogs, along with the more usual keyboards and guitars. Gems such as “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “God Only Knows” hail from the ‘Pet Sounds’ album.



Born on this day –

Chris Novoselic, bass player for Seattle grunge band Nirvana. Novoselic helped form the band with Kurt Cobain in 1987 and had UK No.7 & US No.6 single success with the SupaJam favourite, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', from the 1991 album 'Nevermind'. This is an album which spent over two years on the UK chart and was a No.1 US album in 1992. Since the band ceased in 1994 Novoselic has been active politically and wrote a weekly column on music and politics for Seattle Weekly’s website.



No. 1 in the charts –

David Bowie, “Let’s Dance”