In 1988, “Kokomo” was a cultural phenomenon. The Beach Boys’ first #1 since “Good Vibrations,” the unlikely hit single (off the Cocktail soundtrack) sold over a million copies. Inexplicably, this week’s Entertainment Weekly Summer Music Issue has a three page feature about the song.
“It has a transporting power,” rhapsodizes 23-year-old indie rock favorite Adam Green, who does a bare-bones cover of the tune [with Ben Kweller] on the B side of his single “Jessica.” He first heard it when he was 7. “I’d never been to the tropics at that point, but it had that feeling. It had a huge effect on me.”
Adam Green & Ben Kweller – “Kokomo” (MP3 link removed)