Song: “Kokomo” by the Beach Boys
Reached #1: November 5, 1988 (their fourth, 1 week)
Previously: Day 150
By the late ‘80s, the Beach Boys were considered an oldies act – the band that your parents listened to, or those guys who did enough drugs to power a small state…
…then, the producers of the Tom Cruise/Elisabeth Shue vehicle Cocktail needed a song that evoked a certain vibe.
Former “Papa” John Phillips worked with the band to write this single about a fictional Caribbean island. To everyone’s surprise, the movie’s success pulled the song to the top of the charts – the first #1 for the Beach Boys since “Good Vibrations”. It set a record at the time for longest gap between #1 songs – 22 years.
As to the band’s usual writer/producer, Brian Wilson – he was, at the time, under the influence of the corrupt Dr. Eugene Landy, so he’s not found at all on the project. The video, shot at Disney World, even “featured” John Stamos on drums as it was pulled together fairly quickly when the movie and song started to connect.
The song led to an album of soundtrack and other new music, Still Cruisin’, which gave the band their last moment together for over 20 years.
The band’s That’s Why God Made The Radio tour (mentioned on the previous Beach Boys post) has wrapped up, but they’re talking about getting together for a new album in 2013 and possibly another tour.
Tomorrow, a larger-than-most presence powered by a unique producer…
Other songs that reached #1 on November 5:
1966 – “Last Train To Clarksville” by the Monkees (their first, 1 week)