3AM Eternal: The Fat Boys featuring The Beach Boys “Wipe Out” (1987)

SInce we’re on the subject of the Beach Boys–a band with plenty of misunderstood moments throughout their half-century career–we would be remiss if we forgot to mention 1987’s collaboration with The Fat Boys, on their cover of “Wipe Out.” And considering it made the top twenty, it was a song appreciated for its sheer silliness at the time–but not among the hipster cognoscenti Beach Boys fans today who refuse to acknowledge anything before 1965 and after 1983.

It’s not hard to understand why the two would collaborate; just the year before, Run D.M.C. had a hit with a cover/collaboration of Aerosmith‘s classic “Walk This Way.” Perhaps this was a way of breaking down the black/white barrier between rock and the burgeoning rap scene. Yes, it’s silly fun, but it’s used as a point of contention for Beach Boys fans and those anti-Eugene Landy types who think Brian Wilson was being exploited by doing this seemingly stupid video, but in watching the hilarious film, you will note the fallacy in this argument as you see Brian joyfully galavanting throughout the video. As witnessed yesterday, this song inspired him to compose his own rap number.

If you’re a keen observer, you will note that Carl Wilson is conspicuously absent…well, save for the photograph of him on a surfboard, reportedly done against his consent, an action that was reputedly a sore spot for the rest of his life.

But this here is easily the best moment in Beach Boys’ entire career:


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