Four classics Beach Boys songs — “Barbara Ann,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” “Would’t It Be Nice” and “God Only Knows” — soundtrack a new four-part video series built around a story of teenage romance.
The project, directed by Andrew Litten (Earth, wind and fire, Anderson .Paak) using local actors in South Africa, depicts the relationship between surfer Helena (Zoe Manoek) and aspiring photographer Lucas (Toby De Goede). “Barbara Ann”, the first episode, focuses on Helena, who spends her time either surfing or daydreaming about it.
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The next chapter, “Don’t Worry Baby,” will follow Lucas moving to Helena’s town with his father; it will premiere Saturday at noon ET on the Beach Boys’ official YouTube channel. “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” follows in September. 16, and “God Only Knows” closes the series that September. 17.
In a statement, Litten described how the clips explore the recurring Beach Boys theme of “being young and in love.” “Their most iconic songs were written when they were between 15 and 21, so there’s an exciting outlook on life immortalized in their lyrics,” he said.
“I wanted to do the same with the 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 to go home to college. Each video builds on itself to become one long narrative, but it was also very important that each video could stand on its own. If you watch chronologically, you become more invested in the characters.”
The series is part of the Beach Boys’ long-standing 60th anniversary partywhich started in June with an expanded version of the 2003 compilation Sounds of summer.
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There is far more to the band surfing, cars and girls.