October 1966. I’m a dorky high school freshman. The Beach Boys had gotten away from their surfboard and cool cars stuff with some interesting harmonies like Sloop John B and Wouldn’t It Be Nice. But then Good Vibrations comes out of my cheap little transistor radio.
What the hell was that??? A Theremin? Did I just hear an organ? I ran down to Britt’s Department Store, bought the 45 and played it on a real “record player.” Damn, it was even more impressive than on the radio.
There were a few other song that stopped me in my tracks the first time I heard them - Nights in White Satin, Gimme Shelter, Layla, and some others. But nothing ever hit me like the first time I heard Good Vibrations.