Quirky, simple, and transmitting a wholesome message – you can’t help but love this far out number by The Beach Boys!
Unusually for psychedelic stuff, the song can be taken at face value – it really is about promoting vegetables, as Brian Wilson was into his health at the time.
The celery munching in the track was allegedly Paul McCartney. Perhaps not one of his most impressive musical contributions!
I love this later version, which is much more stripped back. It’s little more than a double bass with the band’s harmony singing filling the rest of the range. The original is a bit crowded, in my view.
‘Vegetables’ was released in 1967 on Smiley Smile. Technically the picture I’ve used is for the original version…