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The Pioneering Musical Brilliance of the Iconic Beach Boys Song ‘Good Vibrations’

YouTuber Polyphonic took a deep dive into the iconic but somewhat under-appreciated Beach Boys song “Good Vibrations” and broke down the musical brilliance found within each section of the song. Referring back to an insightful essay by Greg Panfile, Polyphonic looked the chord structure, the key, the bass line, the special effects and the vocals before rightfully declaring it as pioneering inspiration for generations to come.

By the time the song fades we have walked through six different sections and journeyed through all seven degrees of the songs a flat minor scale. In just three minutes and 39 seconds Brian Wilson managed to put together a song dense enough that you could teach an entire music course on it all while maintaining a devotion to radio friendly ear catching hooks. Lyrically the song works as a simple upbeat love song but also hints at the eastern philosophy and cosmic thoughts that would soon be taking over the American mainstream

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