Charts, Graphs, and Other Random Stuff Based On Song Titles and Lyrics
Monthly Archives: September 2010
“California Girls” was released by the Beach Boys in 1965 and reached #3 on the Hot 100 chart. Brian Wilson claims to have written the music for the song during his first experiment with LSD. It is the first Beach Boys song to feature vocalist Bruce Johnston, who was filling in for Wilson at live shows.
The song was famously covered by David Lee Roth in 1985 (this version would also reach #3) and has been referenced by many other artists, including Gretchen Wilson’s 2005 answer song, which borrows the title (and little else) from the original.
Borrowing even more liberally, Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” (NOTE: Video is extremely suggestive) was released in 2010 and immediately clogged up the airwaves on its way to #1. The line “I wish they all could be California girls” was removed from the album version of the song after the Beach Boys threatened to sue.
I can’t find any decent covers of Perry’s version (perhaps because there is so little of value to work with), so here’s a pretty sweet Metallica mash-up.