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Smiley Smile is the twelfth studio album by The Beach Boys, released in 1967. It was recorded and released after the collapse of SMiLE. The band tried a minimalist approach for the majority of this album, contrasting significantly from the grand productions of "Good Vibrations" and "Heroes and Villains".

Upon release, while it did very well in places like the UK, it didn't do so well in the US. Receiving generally mixed reviews, it has since been Vindicated by History, becoming a cult and critical favourite, and it's credited as an early example of Lo-Fi music.

A forum dedicated to The Beach Boys was named after this album.


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Tracklist:

Side One

  1. "Heroes and Villains" (3:37)
  2. "Vegetables" (2:07)
  3. "Fall Breaks and Back to Winter (W. Woodpecker Symphony)" (2:15)
  4. "She's Goin' Bald" (2:15)
  5. "Little Pad" (2:30)

Side Two

  1. "Good Vibrations" (3:36)
  2. "With Me Tonight" (2:17)
  3. "Wind Chimes" (2:36)
  4. "Gettin' Hungry" (2:27)
  5. "Wonderful" (2:21)
  6. "Whistle In" (1:04)


Bonus Tracks (2001 Reissue):

  1. "Heroes and Villains (Alternate Take)" (3:30)
  2. "Good Vibrations (Various Session)" (6:57)
  3. "Good Vibrations (Early Take)" (3:03)
  4. "You're Welcome" (1:11)
  5. "Their Hearts Were Full of Spring" (2:33)
  6. "Can't Wait Too Long" (5:34)


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Principal Members:

  • Al Jardine - lead vocals, water bottle, sound effects
  • Bruce Johnston - vocals, sound effects
  • Mike Love - lead vocals, sound effects
  • Brian Wilson - lead vocals, piano, organ, sound effects
  • Carl Wilson - lead vocals, guitar, bass, sound effects
  • Dennis Wilson - vocals, sound effects


Wind Tropes:

  • Alliterative Title: "Smiley Smile"
  • Bald Women: "She's Goin' Bald"
    I peeked in and when I saw she'd lost her hair
    I though I would keel (she's goin' bald)
    When she saw her shining forehead
    Didn't stop she swooned to the ground
    (really flipped her wig)
  • Corpsing: "Little Pad" opens with some stoned laughter and tomfoolery from the band.
  • Darker and Edgier: At least musically, especially "Fall Breaks and Back to Winter (W. Woodpecker Symphony)".
  • Den of Iniquity: "Heroes and Villains"
    But she's still dancing in the night
    Unafraid of what a dude'll do in a town full of heroes and villains
  • Fake-Out Fade-Out: "Heroes and Villains", which had so many false endings that one British DJ called it "the disc-jockeys' nightmare".
  • Instrumentals: "Fall Breaks and Back to Winter (W. Woodpecker Symphony)", which was a reworking of the SMiLE track "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow".
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Heroes and Villains" is a catchy and tuneful song — about gang warfare, particularly the protagonist's wife's accidental death in same.
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: "Heroes and Villains", a nearly indescribable mix of faux-opera, symphonic arrangements, Gershwin, Spector, Americana folk, comedy songs, doo-wop, scatting and many others contextualized in an old-timey cowboys and indians setting.
  • One-Word Title: "Vegetables", "Wonderful".
  • Pep-Talk Song: "Good Vibrations".
    Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations a-happenin' with her
  • The Power of Love: "Good Vibrations"
    Close my eyes
    She's somehow closer now
    Softly smile, I know she must be kind
    When I look in her eyes
    She goes with me in a blossom world
  • Single Stanza Song: "Whistle In". Supposedly based on an idea that occurred to Brian that kept on repeating in his head:
    Remember the day, day / remember the night, night / all day long / Whistle in
  • Theremin: "Good Vibrations" very famously uses an Electro-Theremin.

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