"The dress I ruined with the soda pop" might be a reference to the Beach Boys' "All Summer Long". (I know, a dress is not a blouse. They're both women's clothing, so it's close enough for government work.)
Interestingly, "Graduation Day," as mentioned in the lyrics here, is the B-side to "Tossing And Turning" by the Ivy League. John Carter was in the Ivy League, and wrote both songs, so make of that what you will!
'Touring Group' "Version", see the UK can export pop to europe.
Short version, well mimed I guess for this performance.(I understand there was 3.08 radio edit produced)
I cannot find a TOTP performance, wasn't part of 1974 another of those BBC camermen strikes with no broadcasts going out, might explain the relatively low chart position, with no proper musicians to promote and put on the covers of the teen-girl comics(due to writers and Burrows etc other commitments) the record had to stand on its own throw every BB cliche at the wall musical merits, great for playing in the car while the radio is on.
RD, this issue should be stereo as it has the ZXDR prefix on the master/matrix number, that means stereo I think. Also, by 1974, I would suggest that all newly recorded songs would be issued in stereo format in UK.
As for the length, I've not played the single in many a year, but it has the "Beach Boys" type harmony fade out at the end, but the 5:08 length of the video clip shown does seem rather long for playing on air.......I remember hearing the probably edited single version of the song repeatedly on the UK radio shows of the day (1974), which probably accounts for its #13 highest in UK chart placing.
ZebedyZak, I think I know why this hit so big in the US. Capitol released the double LP hits collection "Endless Summer" in June 1974, which hit #1 on the Billboard album chart and was RIAA certified triple platinum (3,000,000 in sales). Then "Beach Baby" comes along at just the right time, sounding rather a lot like the classic Beach Boys and riding that wave of nostalgia all the way to #4 on the Hot 100.
I used to really like this record, made me sing along with it but to be honest it gets somewhat boring after a while. There are so many classic pop songs but I would not define this one in that category at all.
There used to be a nice TV series here in Holland called "Single Luck": each week would be about a different 'one hit wonder'. They did one on "Beach Baby". As far as I remember, they knocked up the backing track in the morning, went to the pub for lunch, then whacked on the vocals in the afternoon (much of it done by the force of nature that was Tony Burrows). It was a whirlwind. Amazing skill.
This British Beach Boys clone, complete with "All-American" lyrics and imitation Californian accents, surprisingly went further up the US charts than it did in the UK. I didn't think it would have impressed the Americans that much, I thought they'd have simply dismissed it as a Beach Boys rip-off.
Nevertheless, I agree with JPGR&B, it is a classic pop song and I never tire of hearing it either.
This was the UK label's only bonafide hit in the States (no. 2 or no. 4 ....Billboard and Cashbox)....this song was also always a favorite of mine, since it nicked the "Beach Boys Vibe" to the nth degree. A sidenote: When I fist heard this, I felt it had a "Let's Go To San Francisco" "vibe" to it, imagine my surprise when I check the label and find John Carter's name!