The 24-second, black and white clip was unearthed by local news station CBS News 8, and shows the Beach Boys and entourage feeding the goats who eventually adorned the album cover.
The origins of the shoot remain shrouded in mystery. Beach Boy Al Jardine has claimed that Capitol Records hadn’t actually listened to Pet Sounds and assumed it was about animals, while a contemporaneous report in the San Diego Union states that the choice of location was a reference to UK band The Animals.
Either way, the shoot did not going entirely according to plan, with the Union‘s Frank Rhoades snootily describing the band as, “six millionaire-musicians… with long Beatle hair and all wearing funny boots.”
“One of them bounced a carrot off the head of one of our tigers,” wrote Rhoades. “Another tried to stick the head of a little antelope through some iron bars. Then they went around handling puppies and baby chicks, putting them down in the open and walking off.
“A few young girls who saw the Beach Boys acting like this were certainly disillusioned. The cameraman and the art director were awfully nice guys, but things just got out of hand and they couldn’t control the situation.”
Rhoades finished by claiming that the zoo’s superintendent, an ex-Marine sergeant major named John Muth, had told the band they were not welcome back and never would be.
Beach Boy Mike Love remembers things differently, telling CBS News 8, “Hey now, wait a minute, let’s let bygones be bygones. I have no idea why they said that. Maybe something rude was said or done but I comported myself as a perfect gentleman.”
But fellow Beach Boy Brian Johnston has been less conciliatory in the past, accusing the goats themselves of behaving badly.
“The goats were horrible,” Johnston told Rolling Stone, several decades after the event. “They (would) jump all over you and bite. One of them ate my radio. The zoo said we were torturing the animals, but they should have seen what we had to go through. We were doing all the suffering.”
None of the goats were available for comment.
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- The Beach Boys - Surf's Up - White Label - UK - vinyl LP - Promo - £30.00, $40.80, €33.60 (New Item) (arrived 22-Feb-2021 14:03)on February 28, 2021 at 4:14 am
BEACH BOYS Surf's Up (1980 UK 10-track advance promotional white label LP for one the last great Beach Boys records originally released in 1971, with handwritten '1' label and housed in a retail picture sleeve. The sleeve shows some light edgescuffing, yet the vinyl looks barely touched CRB31774)
- The Beach Boys - Surfin' U.S.A. - UK - vinyl LP - £40.00, $54.40, €44.80 (Back In Stock) (arrived 19-Jan-2021 12:01)on February 28, 2021 at 4:14 am
THE BEACH BOYS Surfin' U.S.A. (1965 UK 12-track stereo LP on the rainbow rim label with Capitol logo to the left & 'Sold In UK' print, front laminated flipback picture sleeve. The sleeve displays just a little light wear & signs of age, with justa couple of light creases to the laminate, the non-laminated back has some light ageing but still looks a nice example. The labels have only a couple of spindle marks ane the vinyl is Excellent with merely a few faint paper scuffs to highlightplay. A lovely example ST1890)
- The Beach Boys - Greatest Hits - 1st - Textured - VG - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $13.60, €11.20 (New Item) (arrived 07-Jan-2021 13:53)on February 28, 2021 at 4:14 am
THE BEACH BOYS Greatest Hits (1970 UK first issue 16-track vinyl compilation LP on the lime green Capitol label, including the classic hits Sloop John B., California Girls, I Get Around, God Only Knows, Good Vibrations and more and more. The textured picture sleeve [VG] has some signs of age with some age discolouration to the edges and the vinyl remains in EX condition ST21628)
- The Beach Boys - All Summer Long - Rainbow Rim - UK - vinyl LP - £40.00, $54.40, €44.80 (New Item) (arrived 18-Jan-2021 14:02)on February 28, 2021 at 4:14 am
BEACH BOYS All Summer Long (Original 1965 UK rainbow rim label 12-track mono LP, front laminated flipback picture sleeve. The sleeve is in Excellent condition with only very minor age related wear, the vinyl too is Excellent with just some light hairlines visible after fifty plus years! T2110)
- The Beach Boys - Concert - UK - vinyl LP - £30.00, $40.80, €33.60 (New Item) (arrived 18-Jan-2021 14:21)on February 28, 2021 at 4:14 am
THE BEACH BOYS Concert (1967 UK issue of the 1965 13-track stereo vinyl LP on the rainbow rim label with the Capitol logo to the top & 'Sold In UK' print below. The front laminated flipback picture sleeve has a great image of a very young lookingband and displays only very light signs of wear/age and apart from a little spindle wear to the label the vinyl is in Excellent condition with just a few faint hairlines not affecting play ST2198)