Music Video of the Day: Sloop John B by The Beach Boys (1966, dir. Derek Taylor)

One year before we had Golden Earring playing on a boat and mud wrestling, we had The Beach Boys doing a little silent comedy–mostly fighting over a raft in a pool.

What else can I say without trying to talk about it in a larger context?

It’s the video they recreated for Love & Mercy (2014).

It’s in 480p. You can watch the video for Good Vibrations in 1080p because it was posted in 2016, but this one was put up in 2009. It didn’t receive that kind of treatment.

It’s that same kind of turn-the-band-into-silent-comedians type video, and was filmed at Brian’s house.

I didn’t mention it when I did Sound Of The Screaming Day by Golden Earring, so I will here. Since both are treated like short comedic films with the song playing, there isn’t any lip-syncing. We did get Barry Hay mimicking the flute during that part of the song. In this, there’s none of that. Just something interesting to keep in mind whenever you read about musicians getting harassed for not lip-syncing from the 1980s onward.

This video almost meets all the elements I listed when talking about Elected by Alice Cooper:

It has the band, it is live-action, it uses real sets rather than just a backdrop, it has a storyline, it has no lip-syncing, and it has no re-creation of a performance.

The only thing it is kind of missing is a storyline. But even that’s something you could argue is present in this video.

Surprisingly, IMDb has an entry for this that not only lists the director, but also who worked the camera.

The video was directed by their publicist, Derek Taylor. I wouldn’t be surprised if he did other videos as well. He apparently is also in the video.

Dennis Wilson is credited as having worked the camera.

I wish I had more information other than that there appears to be another promo film for this song. I probably won’t do it though since I have no idea of the provenance other than that it looks like it was made for Swedish television.


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