PSA0062_Brian Pet Sounds (studio)_Getty_

Year: 2016

Eagle Rock Films 


Produced & Directed by: Martin R. Smith

Edited & Directed by: Matthew Longfellow

Supervising Producer: Peter Worsley

Commisioning Editor:

Jan Younghusband

Executive Producers:

Geoff Kempin & Terry Shand

As part of BBC Music’s year-long My Generation season telling the story of pop music, this brand new documentary in the Classic Albums series celebrates what will be one of the seasons highlights; the 50th anniversary of the release of Brian Wilson’s masterpiece, The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds’.


Talking in the film, Brian Wilson says, “We experimented on Pet Sounds. I tried to write something better than the surf songs and car songs.”


On its success, Mike Love says, “It took twenty years for it to go Platinum. It was ridiculous how long it took and yet at the same time it was regarded so highly.”


It is arguably one of the most important records in the history of pop music and is consistently voted one of the top three influential albums of all time.


This film guides viewers through the writing and recording of the landmark album Pet Sounds. Created out of adversity, as a labour of love and finally recognised as not only a great album but also a work of art.


Featuring exclusive interviews with all surviving members of the band; Brian Wilson, Bruce Johnston, Mike Love, Al Jardine and David Marks and with lyricist Tony Asher and Brian’s colleagues and collaborators. It features rare archive footage and rare studio outtakes that allow us to eavesdrop on some of the most important recording sessions in music history. Together with examination of the original multi track recording tapes, the film will document the making of this landmark album that cemented The Beach Boys reputation as a leading force to rival The Beatles, and Brian Wilson as a song-writing genius. It is directed by Martin R. Smith for Eagle Rock Film Productions.


BBC Music’s My Generation is a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launched in April with a look at the decade of music from the 1950s. This second phase looks at the 1960s.