Hear Mike Love, Hanson’s Buoyant New Rendition of Beach Boys’ ‘It’s OK’
“I loved re-recording the song with Hanson. I think they brought a great energy to it,” Love says
Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, the original song climbed to Number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 when it was released. It also appeared as the B-side to “It’s Gettin’ Late” in 1985.
“The Beach Boys have a storied history with this song and the new version of ‘It’s OK’ continues this legacy,” Love said in a statement. “It’s a reminder that regardless of what’s going on in your life… get out and enjoy the summer.”
Taylor Hanson added, “Twenty-five years ago, we were singing Beach Boys classics to an audience of a handful at our first concert. To be asked to collaborate with Mike Love, a music icon to us, was a total honor. There are few things greater than being granted mutual respect from an artist you greatly admire.”
On the Michael Lloyd-produced new version of the track, the group’s buoyant harmonies capture the sun-kissed vibes of the original while adding some playful pep to the punchy new arrangement.
Their new take on “It’s OK” came about when Love and Hanson recently teamed for a forthcoming holiday project. During one of their phone conversations, Hanson noted that the song was one of their favorite tracks and the collaboration came to fruition.
“I loved re-recording the song with Hanson. I think they brought a great energy to it,” Love added. “Brothers Taylor, Zac and Isaac grew up singing harmonies like my family did and they’ve written some great songs over the years. It was a blast working together.”
Last month, the surviving Beach Boys came together for a rare interview. The Beach Boys With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestrawas released in June.