Brian Wilson Has Never Heard Of Punk Rock

While Donald Fagen is recapping his Coachella tour experiences, Brian Wilson is full steam ahead doing interviews for his brand new album No Pier Pressure that’s out this week. (This album title is the best pun of 2015 so far). And while Fagan admitted that he’s never heard AC/DC, Wilson — who most recently spoke to The Guardian — has revealed that he kind of missed out on the entire punk rock movement. Here’s the exchange:

What did you make of punk rock?

I don’t know what that is. Punk rock? Punk? What is that?

It was a loud, aggressive musical movement that happened around 1976.

Oh yeah. I never went for that. I never went for the fast kind of music. I go for the more medium tempo. Spencer Davis, I liked that.

Luckily the interviewer had a pretty specific definition right on hand, not sure I could’ve described punk that succinctly off the cuff. Anyway, it kind of makes sense! Wilson was busy creating dreamy, peaceful multi-layered harmonies, why would Brian Wilson be listening to punk rock? The ’70s were also a trying time for Wilson, who was a recluse for most of the decade following his father’s death. Punk rock was definitely not on his mind. Although, sometimes the aggressiveness of punk helps me deal with grief, maybe it would’ve been soothing.

Between Fagen’s disregard of AC/DC and Wilson’s lack of knowledge about punk rock’s existence, I’d say soft rock came out on top this week. And even if he’s not into punk, Wilson also shared the tidbit that he wrote “God Only Knows” — which happens to be my personal favorite Beach Boys song — in 45 minutes. To each their own.

[Photo via Brian Wilson’s Facebook.]