Posted by: Liza Rosenberg | September 2, 2007

80s Music Video Sunday #36

There’s one band out there that can put me in a good mood more than any other group or solo artist. When depressed, I often put on one of their CDs (or cassettes) at high volume, and the music almost never fails to bring a smile to my face. If I’ve got a stack of dishes to wash or have to do some cleaning around the house, I know that I can do it faster if I’m singing along to this group.

The Beach Boys were formed back in 1961, and have been making music ever since. Changes to the group lineup may have slowed them down at times, but they always managed to roar back to life with their distinct, fabulous sound. I know the words to nearly all of their songs, and have seen them perform live twice. The first time was at Tanglewood, located in the beautiful Berkshires region of Western Massachusetts. I went with my friend Jenny, who had come for a visit so that we could go to the concert, and we stayed at my family’s lakeside cabin in Lee. It was, of course, an amazing concert, and there are a few moments that I’ve managed to retain in my aging memory.

We went to the concert during the summer after I returned from my year in Israel. I still had pins in my ankle from having broken it while abroad, and when we wanted to stick around for a bit after the concert, I used my ankle as an excuse when a security guard asked us to leave. I told him I needed to rest for a bit and let him feel my ankle. The moment he realized that he was touching screws, he pulled his hand back as though he’d touched dog poo, said we could stay as long as was needed, and then ran away. When we finally decided to leave, we made our way to the parking lot. We found the spot where we’d left the car, or rather, where we thought we’d left the car. We couldn’t find the car! We wandered around and around in the lot, wondering where the car had disappeared to. Suddenly, we noticed people walking past our parking lot, which is when we realized that there was more than one parking lot. Sheepishly, we joined the parade of post-concert goers and found our car just where we’d left it – in the other parking lot.

The second Beach Boys concert that I attended was at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. It was a few days before my wedding (which would make it exactly 14 years ago, as our 14th anniversary is later this week), and I went with my soon-to-be husband and his sister; somehow, we’d managed to snag seats in the first row of the balcony. We sang along with the opening act, America (at least I think it was them), and once The Beach Boys came on stage, we started dancing as well. Lots of room to dance in the first row of the balcony, and the completely unobstructed view was simply outstanding.

Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to get to any Beach Boys concerts since then. I keep waiting for them to come to Israel, but so far, there’s been no “Love” on these shores. This band always makes me think of summer, and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate mark the end of summer vacation than to feature a song by The Beach Boys for today’s edition of 80s Music Video Sunday. And those of you who grew up watching TV in the 80s should definitely recognize the drummer

Kokomo
The Beach Boys

Aruba, Jamaica ooo I wanna take ya
Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego, baby why don’t we go
Jamaica

Off the Florida Keys
There’s a place called Kokomo
That’s where you wanna go to get away from it all

Bodies in the sand
Tropical drink melting in your hand
We’ll be falling in love
To the rhythm of a steel drum band
Down in Kokomo

Aruba, Jamaica, ooo I wanna take ya
To Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego, baby why don’t we go

Ooo I wanna take you down to Kokomo
We’ll get there fast
And then we’ll take it slow
That’s where we wanna go
Way down to Kokomo

To Martinique, that Monserrat mystique

We’ll put out to sea
And we’ll perfect our chemistry
By and by we’ll defy a little bit of gravity

Afternoon delight
Cocktails and moonlit nights
That dreamy look in your eye
Give me a tropical contact high
Way down in Kokomo

Aruba, Jamaica, ooo I wanna take you
To Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego, baby why don’t we go

Ooo I wanna take you down to Kokomo
We’ll get there fast
And then we’ll take it slow
That’s where we wanna go
Way down to Kokomo

Port Au Prince, I wanna catch a glimpse

Everybody knows
A little place like Kokomo
Now if you wanna go
And get away from it all
Go down to Kokomo

Aruba, Jamaica, ooo I wanna take you
To Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego, baby why don’t we go

Ooo I wanna take you down to Kokomo
We’ll get there fast
And then we’ll take it slow
That’s where we wanna go
Way down to Kokomo

Aruba, Jamaica, ooo I wanna take you
To Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego, baby why don’t we go

Ooo I wanna take you down to Kokomo

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Responses

  1. Ah, the memories, the memories! Fun, fun song.

  2. Just made me inovke the EMule and download a couple of their other songs as well… thanks…

  3. I remember a DJ telling a story about how thousands of people had called their travel agents to inquire about trips to the beautiful Caribbean destination of Kokomo only to find out that it didn’t really exist.

  4. OMG that’s John Stamos!!

    Who knew??? 🙂

    Great song. Reminds me of when summers weren’t just work and trying to find places to sit in the shade …

  5. Cocktail!!

  6. Ahh…. The Beach Boys at SPAC… I’ve done that a few times… nothing quite like it!


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