The Beach Boys Release Four-Part Narrative Music Video Series Featuring “Barbara Ann”; Ongoing 60th Anniversary Activities

Last June, Capitol/UMe commemorated the 60th anniversary of beach boys with a remastered and expanded edition of Sounds Of Summer: The Best Of The Beach Boys.

The special re-release was part of a series of events planned around this anniversary, detailed by a press release as also including “several new releases, immersive Dolby Atmos mixes, new official music videos for classic songs, a long documentary footage currently in the works, a special tribute, prestigious exhibitions and events, unique brand partnerships and much more to celebrate this incredible achievement.

This “new official music videos for classic songs” part was made on Friday, when a four-part video series was released to the public. The first of four music videos for a quartet of particularly iconic Beach Boys songs – “Barbara Ann”, “Don’t Worry Baby”, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “God Only Knows” debuted on Friday. Once completed, the stories from all four videos will be linked to form one extended narrative, although each can also be experienced on its own.

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Here’s the first, for “Barbara Ann”:

Additional details on the rest of the video series:

Directed by Andrew Litten, who has worked with Anderson .Paak, Pusha T and Earth, Wind & Fire, the cinematic story, which was beautifully filmed in South Africa with a cast of local actors, captures what it is than being young and in love as it traces a high school romance between surf-obsessed Helena (Zoe Manoek) and Lucas (Toby De Goede), an aspiring photographer who is the new kid in town, and the decisions challenges they each face as they approach graduation and their future.

The video series will take place over consecutive weekends and will begin today with the first installment, “Barbara Ann”, which features Helena, a young teenager who spends her waking hours dreaming of surfing and getting out of her small town. . The story of Lucas, a boy who moves to town with his dad, will be told in the next video, “Don’t Worry Baby,” which will follow tomorrow, September 10 at 9 a.m. PT on the official Beach Boys YouTube channel.

Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” which details the couple’s relationship, will premiere Friday, September 16 at 9:00 a.m. PT and culminate it all with “God Only Knows” on Saturday, September 17 at 9:00 a.m. PT, where the young love is at a crossroads as high school comes to an end. Each chapter explores an aspect of escapism for the two main characters who are at the intersection of innocence and adulthood and reflects the feelings of the songs that were written in the mid-1960s when the Beach Boys were themselves teenagers and young adults and which resonated as strongly today as ever.

Director Andrew Litten said: “A recurring theme in the Beach Boys’ music is the feeling of being young and in love. Their most iconic songs were written when they were between the ages of 15 and 21, so there’s this exciting outlook on life that’s immortalized in their lyrics. I wanted to do the same with music videos by capturing the spontaneity and playfulness of being a teenager, fantasizing about the future, pursuing new passions and falling in love. I wanted to capture the feeling after your first kiss or what it felt like leaving home for college. Each video builds on itself to become a long story, but it was also very important that each video could stand on its own. If you look chronologically, you become more invested in the characters.

And the premiere dates of the remaining clips:

Saturday, Sept. 10 at 9:00 a.m. PT/12:00 p.m. ET — “Don’t Worry Baby”
Friday, September 16 at 9:00 a.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. ET – “That Wouldn’t Be Nice”
Saturday, Sept. 17 at 9:00 a.m. PT/12:00 p.m. ET — “God Only Knows”