Ah, summer. While we’re still a ways off from warm weather, flip flops, and bathing suits, at least we can count on the legendary Beach Boys to hold us over until the season finally starts. They’ve got a whole bunch of summer-ready hits under their belts, but one of the most memorable is the sashaying 1963 single “Surfer Girl.” There’s no doubt that the Beach Boys did it right the first time around, but the L.A.-based (and Jersey bred) singer-songwriter Pete Yorn definitely clinches a close second with his updated cover, which he shared after watching the Grammys’ Beach Boys tribute on Sunday.
While Yorn’s “Surfer Girl” isn’t very off from the original, compared to the Beach Boys’ saccharine version, it’s a little rougher around the edges. Perhaps it’s because Yorn sang it in a lower key or because he sounded more like an earnest rocker than Brian Wilson did. Whatever it is, Yorn’s cover suggests that his dream surfer girl might be a bit more bad-ass than the Beach Boys’. But that ain’t a bad thing at all, and, thankfully, neither is this cover. Listen below!
Check out more from Pete Yorn on his website.