The Beach Boys’ misunderstood 1972 rock opus, ‘Carl and the Passions — So Tough’

Learn how the Beach Boys soundly dropped their square fun in the sun moniker on 1972’s vastly underrated, rock ’n’ roll-driven “Carl and the Passions — So Tough.” The accompanying vintage still presents “Marcella” b/w “Hold On Dear Brother,” the only Beach Boys single sleeve to feature a photo of Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar. Unleashed on June 26, 1972, the rockin’ track inexplicably failed to chart. Note keyboard sideman Daryl Dragon of future Captain and Tenille fame behind the driver’s wheel. Image Credit: 45Cat user DrDoom / Brother Records / Warner Music Group