The Beach Boys' puppetry meltdown

132734__beach_lSome moments can only be captured in puppetry. Here is one of those moments: the infamous January 1965 Beach Boys recording session where the Wilson brothers try mightily to continue taping “Help Me, Rhonda” after their aggressive dad Murry bursts in and hijacks the room. The recording has been around for years, but Emily Geanacopoulos’ inspired paper-cutout video adaptation raises it to a whole new level of trippy “Fun With Real Audio” exhilaration. I just hope the “Dr. Landy Sessions” hit the net someday, and Geanacopoulos is there to catch it. MTV, give this woman a show, how ‘bout it? (Special thanks to for the link.)

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  • Stephanie Travitsky

    The only “Help Me Rhonda” story I always liked was when my Dad and his friend Chris were in college. They were playing around and Chris locked my dad in a sound proof radio studio. My dad started doing chicken clucking to to the tune of “Help Me Rhonda” then “Barbara Ann”. He did not know that the mic was on and so was the P.A. system. An economics class heard it down the hall and were laughing really hard.

  • Lora

    No wonder Brian Wilson spent so much time in bed…

  • jon

    Love the Beach Boys (especially dearly-departed Carl whose voice was close to perfect) and knew about Brian’s rocky relationship with his father but never heard this…
    No reality show today packs as much humor, familial intrigue or puppetry as that clip does. Not only should the director get a TV show, could it focus specifically on inadvertantly-taped real-life celebrity family fights? (You know there has to be some good Whitney/Cissy Houston studio smackdowns out there…)

  • amanda miller

    the beach boys are gay.
    u sound like dogs when you sing.
    yall seriously need help.
    your songs are bad influences on me.they made me do weed. one time and i almost died. and i got in deep trouble so thanks to yall i hate u.

  • Amanda Miller

    I have to say I’m in love and asking you
    To move in with us please I really need
    You to live in Alabama?

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