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Now my heart beat, while the music was groovin' .

Wild Honey is the thirteenth studio album by The Beach Boys, released in 1967. A Beach Boys album like no other before it (especially Smiley Smile), it can be credited as one of the first back-to-basics albums, coming after the psychedelic heights of earlier in the year.

Upon its release, it was greeted with mixed to negative reviews, though it spawned the hits "Wild Honey" and "Darlin'". However, it cannot be denied that this album has been Vindicated by History, mostly by critics in particular. In 2012, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Wild Honey at number two on its "Coolest Summer Albums of All Time" list, praising its "hedonistic rock & roll spirit", "humour" and "pensive depth".


Side One

  1. "Wild Honey" (2:38)
  2. "Aren't You Glad" (2:18)
  3. "I Was Made to Love Her" (2:07)
  4. "Country Air" (2:19)
  5. "A Thing or Two" (2:43)

Side Two

  1. "Darlin'" (2:10)
  2. "I'd Love Just Once to See You" (1:51)
  3. "Here Comes the Night" (2:44)
  4. "Let the Wind Blow" (2:21)
  5. "How She Boogalooed It" (1:55)
  6. "Mama Says" (1:05)

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)

Principal Members:

Wild Tropes:

  • Age-Progression Song: "I Was Made to Love Her"
    I was born in Little Rock
    Had a childhood sweetheart
    We were always hand in han-an-an-an-and
    I wore high-top shoes and shirt-tails
    Suzy was in pigtails
    I knew I loved her even then
  • Album Filler: "Mama Says", which is a rather mundane and preachy song about manners taught by your mother and only has two lines repeated over and over again. It is a originally part of Smile's Vegetables and was not included on the Smiley Smile version.
  • Cover Version: "I Was Made to Love Her", originally by Stevie Wonder. The original album would have had a version of "The Letter" by The Box Tops though it was omitted (later to see release on Rarities and Sunshine Tomorrow).
  • Heavy Meta:
    • "Wild Honey"
    The way she make me wanna sing a little rock 'n' roll
    • "I'd Love Just Once to See You"
    I make up a song as I'm a-working along
    No one's watching me.
  • Limited Lyrics Song: "Mama Says", just repeats these two sentences over and over.
    Eat a lot, sleep a lot, brush 'em like crazy
    Run a lot, do a lot, never be lazy
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "I'd Love Just Once to See You", which is a sweet song about rather mundane tasks at home (washing dishes, rinsing up the sink). The protagonist wonders when his woman helped him dry and baking a pie the last time. Then this rather bizarre remark comes right out of nowhere:
    It's not too late
    I'd love just once to see you (3x)
    In the nude
  • Momma's Boy: "Mama Says"
    Eat a lot, sleep a lot, brush 'em like crazy
    Run a lot, do a lot, never be lazy
  • New Sound Album: A mixture of Pop, Soul, and R&B (with touches of Psychedelic Rock).
  • One-Woman Song: "Darlin'".
  • Questioning Title?: "Aren't You Glad?"
  • The Power of Love and Silly Love Songs:
    • "Darlin'"
    Oh darlin', I dream of you often, my pretty darlin'
    Darlin', you're so fine
    I love the way soften my life with your love, your precious love
    • "Wild Honey"
    You know she's got the sweetness of a honey bee
    Wild honey
    She got it on and stung me good, yes, sirree
    • "I Was Made to Love Her"
    I was made to love her
    Like a sweet magnolia tree
    My love blossomed tenderly
    My life grows sweeter through the years
    • "Here Comes the Night"
    But our love grows on and on
    Stars who shine in love
    Are making you mine to love
    I've never felt a love so strong
    • "Aren't You Glad?"
    I got a heart that just won't stop beating for you
    I got a love I just can't stop feeling for you
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Mike Love sings co-lead vocals on "Aren't You Glad", "A Thing or Two" and "Let the Wind Blow". Brian sings lead vocals on "I'd Love Just Once to See You" and "Here Comes the Night". He also gets co-lead vocals on "Aren't You Glad", "A Thing or Two" and "Let the Wind Blow".
  • Theremin: The title track uses the same Electro-Theremin that was featured on "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" and "Good Vibrations".
  • Three Chords and the Truth: This album reflected a back-to-basics approach after the downfall of SMiLE. It's been said that this album was one of the first deliberate invocations of this trope by a major band, before Beggars Banquet or Abbey Road.
  • Title Track: "Wild Honey"
    Sweet sweet wild honey bee
    Eat up, eat up, eat up honey
  • Truck Driver's Gear Change: In an interesting example, the second and fourth verses of "How She Boogalooed It" employ this whilst the third reverts to the tune of the first.
  • Uncommon Time: "Let the Wind Blow" is in 3/4, essentially waltz time, unusual for rock.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "How She Boogalooed It"
    Met a fine chick that really got to me
    Good Lord, how she boogalooed to me