The Beach Boys’ ‘Good Vibrations’ Was Inspired by Something That Scared Brian Wilson

The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” isn’t one of the classic rock band’s scary songs, however, something that scared Brian Wilson inspired him to write the song. The origins of “Good Vibrations” went all the way back to his childhood. Here’s what he had to say about the creation of one of The Beach Boys’ most famous songs

During an interview with Rolling Stone, Wilson explained the origins of “Good Vibrations.” He said he wanted to write a song inspired by R&B which was avant-garde. It took six months to create the song. Wilson described it as a “pocket symphony.”

He explained how the song was born out of childhood experiences. “My mother used to tell me about vibrations,” he said. “I didn’t really understand too much of what that meant when I was just a boy.”

“It scared me, the word ‘vibrations,’” he added. “To think that invisible feelings, invisible vibrations existed, scared me to death. But she told about dogs that would bark at people and then not bark at others, that a dog would pick up vibrations from these people that you can’t see, but you can feel. And the same existed with people.”