The Beach Boys appeared on Jimmy Fallon on Monday night (or early Tuesday morning, depending where you were watching).
The group performed "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "In My Room" and "That's Why God Made the Radio."
I thought "In My Room" was the best of the three, and "Radio" was really well done too.
"Wouldn't It Be Nice" is one of my all-time favorite Beach Boys songs ... and the performance wasn't bad. It just really lacked something. I don't know how to explain it. Mike's voice on his part wasn't very strong, and Al took the early lead on it when it was a Brian-led song on "Pet Sounds." Maybe this was a way to give Al some of the spotlight? Not a major grievance, especially as Al took the lead on the song in the past (when Brian wasn't touring with the group).
"In My Room" really hit the heart strings, and there was something sweet and touching to see these guys standing together and singing this song. Really kind of beautiful. This performance brought it home. Sure, Dennis and Carl aren't there ... they can't be there ... but these old men, these survivors, are still there and still singing the old songs. Very cool.
"That's Why God Made the Radio" was pretty cool. It had a good groove. Sure, The Beach Boys really rely on their backing band to fill out that sound and give it some oomph ... but that's OK. I'd rather these guys have a heck of a great song with some help than to have nothing at all! It's a catchy song, with some power. The guys all seem to dig it, lots of swaying and smiling and involvement. Sure, it's the new single and they are trying to sell it ... but they look genuinely pleased.
Anyway, the videos are available on Jimmy Fallon's website. I'll provide the links here.
Link: In My Room performance
Link: That's Why God Made the Radio performance
Link: Wouldn't It Be Nice performance
What do you folks think? Which was your favorite (or least favorite)? Think the group pulled it off?
I think for some 70-year-old guys ... they did great! (Yes, they have a big band behind them, but why slam a good sound?)