Episode 25 – “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys


For Episode 25 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge continue their discussion of The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds by breaking down the musical structure of one of the album’s best-known songs, “God Only Knows,” and exploring the surprisingly difficult question of what key it is in.

For more reading:
Daniel Harrison, “After Sundown: The Beach Boys’ Experimental Music,” in Understanding Rock: Essays in Musical Analysis, eds. John Covach and Graeme M. Boone.
Philip Lambert, Inside The Music of Brian Wilson: The Songs, Sounds, and Influences of the Beach Boys’ Founding Genius.
Greg Panfile, “Mind of Brian 1: God Only Knows,” Surfermoon.com.
Henry Tozer, “Harmonic Language and Tonal Organization Within the Songs of Brian Wilson,” Academia.edu.

People in this episode:

Scott Interrante

Scott Interrante holds a Master’s degree in Musicology from CUNY Hunter College focusing on contemporary pop music and masculinity. He hosts Pop Unmuted and K-Pop Unmuted

Kurt Trowbridge

Kurt Trowbridge is a web developer and freelance contributor to Billboard.com. He is the founder of Crownnote.com and the host of the Crowncast.

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