Shut Down Volume 2 is the fifth album in The Beach Boys' discography. This LP would be the first release of the band after rhythm guitarist David Marks left the band and founding member Al Jardine came back to fill in David's role.
This album is home to two major hits in the band's career: "Fun, Fun, Fun" and "Don't Worry Baby". Many people were confused by the album's title (Shut Down Volume 1 is the name of a compilation of car songs released by Capitol records) but it didn't stop it from reaching the 13th place in the Billboard.
- "Fun, Fun, Fun" (2:03)
- "Don't Worry Baby" (2:47)
- "In The Parkin' Lot" (2:01)
- ""Cassius" Love Vs. "Sonny" Wilson" (3:30)
- "The Warmth Of The Sun" (2:51)
- "This Car Of Mine" (1:35)
- "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" (2:07)
- "Pom, Pom Play Girl" (1:30)
- "Keep An Eye On Summer" (2:21)
- "Shut Down, Part II" (2:07)
- "Louie, Louie" (2:17)
- "Denny's Drums" (1:56)
- Al Jardine - rhythm guitars
- Mike Love - lead vocals, saxophone
- Brian Wilson - lead vocals, bass
- Carl Wilson - lead vocals, guitar
- Dennis Wilson - lead vocals, drums
And she has fun fun fun 'til her father tropes the T-Bird away:
- Album Filler: ""Cassius Love Vs. "Sonny" Wilson" is a spoken-word track where Mike and Brian mock each other over their singing voice. It is also the longest track on the album.
- Alliterative Title: "Fun, Fun, Fun", "Pom, Pom Play Girl" and "Louie Louie".
- Answer Song: "Don't Worry Baby" is undoubtedly a call-back to The Ronettes' "Be My Baby", whether it is the title or the drums on the intro.
- Artifact Title: The first volume of "Shut Down" is a compilation of hot-rod songs (which includes Beach Boys tracks).
- Car Song: "This Car Of Mine".
- Cover Version: "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" (by Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers) and "Louie Louie" (by Richard Berry).
- Demoted to Extra: Although David Marks isn't credited on the album, he said that he is behind the bridge/guitar solo of "Don't Worry Baby". He recalled that Brian once brought him at a studio for the recording session of another track. David improvized with two chords without knowing that it would end up in the song.
- "Double, Double" Title: "Fun, Fun, Fun" and "Louie Louie".
- Face on the Cover: Featuring the band's original lineup along with a Corvette Sting Ray and a Pontiac.
- Instrumentals: "Shut Down Part 2" and "Denny's Drums".
- Lyrical Cold Open: "In The Parkin' Lot" and "The Warmth Of The Sun".
- One-Woman Song: "Pom Pom Play Girl".
- Pom-Pom Girl: The premise of "Pom, Pom Play Girl".
- Self-Deprecation: ""Cassius" Love Vs. "Sonny" Wilson" showcases The Beach Boys mocking the voices of Brian and Mike. Brian's voice sounding like "Mickey Mouse with a sore throat" and Mike's voicing sounding like "his nose is on the critical list".
- Shout-Out: "Don't Worry Baby" references the famous drum intro of The Ronettes' "Be My Baby".
- Spoken Word in Music: ""Cassius" Love Vs. "Sonny Wilson" is the only track which has spoken passages, although samples of "Little Deuce Coupe", "In My Room" and "Fun, Fun, Fun" are played throughout.
- Step Up to the Microphone: Carl sings lead on Pom Pom Play Girl while Dennis only sings on "This Car Of Mine".
- Even though Al Jardine sang his first vocal lead on The Beach Boys' Christmas Album, you can clearly hear him presenting himself on ""Cassius" Love Vs. Sonny Wilson" .
- Title Track: "Shut Down Part II" is probably a filler written just to reference the album's title.
- 12-Bar Blues: "Fun, Fun, Fun" (just like "Johnny B. Good", the song it's based on).