The Fendertones Take Us Back to 1965

The Fendertones are an informal group of white guys from the Philadelphia area who have so far blessed the world with 17 YouTube videos and a Facebook page. They occasionally get together to reproduce the complex sound Brian Wilson created for the Beach Boys. It’s one more win for the Internet.

They posted four videos yesterday, including “Sloop John B” (a big hit for the Beach Boys in 1965) and “Kiss Me Baby” (a relatively unknown but brilliant album track from the same year):

While we’re at it, two performances from a 2004 charity concert: 1965’s “California Girls” and its flip side, one of my favorites, “Let Him Run Wild”:

3 thoughts on “The Fendertones Take Us Back to 1965

  1. Thanks for the great music. I’m retired US Air Force, 73 years old and from San Diego. lived all over the world but my heart will always come back to southern Cal. and the fantastic music your group puts out. Thanks again for making me feel young again.

  2. I’m curious to know where these brilliant (and dedicated!) guys met… a music school? a club? I’m really impressed by the lengths to which (someone..) goes, to duplicate the layers of unique sounds on each track.. someone has to be the music director, the arranger, the resource person! whoever they are – they’ve done a brilliant job!

    • I agree. They’re very special. From their Facebook page:

      “From a nucleus of friends who have played together informally since high school, the group was formed in 2004 to put on six tribute concerts. After that, they regrouped in various incarnations, with guest musicians, for occasional YouTube video projects. For each project, the intent is to recreate the studio sound in live performances. That’s why there are so many musicians (to cover all of the layered tracks), and singers (two per part to emulate the double-tracked voices). This includes someone doubling the lead singer, who is off to the side in stage performances and therefore unseen in the videos.”

      https://www.facebook.com/pg/fendertones/about/?ref=page_internal

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