While they took a very different approach to songwriting, The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson and Mike Love brought many classic rock songs to the world. For example, Love said that he and Brian wrote one of the band’s #1 hits in just 15 minutes. Luv revealed that he thought of the title of the song before composing anything.
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Fans often associate Wilson with the more experimental side of The Beach Boys. Meanwhile, fans often associate Love with their more commercial and mainstream offerings. During a 2013 interview Guardian, Dave Simpson asked Love if he was really responsible for The Beach Boys’ sun-and-fun philosophy.
“That was my part, in the lyrics, the concept and the hook,” Love said. “No one does better harmonies and chord progressions and melodies structure than Brian, but I was blessed to have him as a first cousin, and we have a special chemistry.”
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Simpson asked Love if his contribution to The Beach Boys’ songs was not appreciated. “Well, I wrote with Brian,” Love recalled. “Many of them hits.” For example, Love co-wrote “California Girls,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” and “Little Saint Nick” with Wilson.
“For example, ‘Do It Again’ – which went to No. 1 in England,” Love said. “I came back from a surfing trip with some friends from high school and said: ‘Hey Brian, I just went to the beach and the waves and the girls were great. We have to do a song called ‘Do It Again.
Love said that she and Wilson disagreed on how “Do It Again” came together. “He remembers it being at my house,” Love said. “I remember it was at his house. He starts pounding on the piano, I was calling out words and we got a chorus, which was basically a bunch of doo-wop-inspired harmonies. We made that entire song in 15 minutes.”
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According to official chart company“Do It Again” topped the United Kingdom, remaining on the chart for 14 weeks. It was The Beach Boys’ only #1 hit in the UK, with the exception of “Good Vibrations”. The latter song remained on the charts for 13 weeks, making “Do It Again” the band’s longest charting number 1 hit.
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“Do It Again” was much less popular in the United States. reached number 20 on the track billboard hot 100, staying on the chart for 10 weeks. Compared to classic Beach Boys songs such as “Kokomo,” “I Get Around,” and “Help Me, Ronda,” which topped the charts, “Do It Again” became a minor hit for the band in their country. “Do It Again” wasn’t The Beach Boys’ biggest hit in America—but it came together in a remarkably short time.