I was in high school and my friend Fran and I were in the car. We had an oldies station on and a Beach Boys song came on. I did not think much of it, but Fran said that the Beach Boys were good. We listened to the song closely. It was from Pet Sounds, “Sloop John B.”
“I wonder if the Beach Boys took drugs?” I asked.
The next line in the song was, “This is the worst trip / I’ve ever been on.” It was as if Mike Love was right there in the car with me answering my question.
It was not until much later that I really appreciated the album Pet Sounds. It is a beautiful record. I have listened closely to it many times and sometimes with friends. It is a great group-listen record, the kind of album you can listen to deeply and repeatedly.
As Greg Gethard will tell you, Pet Sounds has the worst album cover in rock history.