Saturday, 27 February 2010

Beach Boys' and Ramones' influence on SpongeBob

I remember going to see The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie a few years ago when it came out at the cinema, and it struck me how many great songs there were in the movie. A song called "The Best Day Ever" by SpongeBob & The Hi-Seas (sung by SpongeBob's voice actor Tom Kenny) is one of them, and listening back to it recently I realised how much it sounded like the whole of Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys. So doing a bit of research I found out that the song was co-written and produced by Andy Paley, someone who has indeed worked with Brian Wilson in the past, and you can definitely see Wilson's influence in this song.

After being released on the movie soundtrack, the track also became part of another SpongeBob release, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Best Day Ever, and Brian Wilson himself was actually involved in this album, recording all the backing vocals on a track called "Doin’ the Krabby Patty". Paley phoned him up to take part and he apparently agreed because he has two daughters who are big SpongeBob fans, so Tom Kenny went to pick him up in his car.

Tommy Ramone shows up on the album as well, playing drums on a Ramonescore track called "Ridin' The Hook". Amazing.

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