You know it happens. Tracks get archived in the vaults, shelved for another day. Even tracks by the giants... even giants like The Beach Boys.
What hardly ever happens though, is you getting a chance to PLAY ON THEM.
But, that’s exactly what’s happening now.
Together with Capitol Records, Fender and The Beach Boys, we’re giving you the chance to be a part of rock and roll history.
A newly uncovered track from The Beach Boys archives, “Goin’ To The Beach,” (which will be included on their upcoming box set, Made In California), was originally recorded without a lead guitar track in 1979 during sessions for “Keepin’ The Summer Alive.”
Now, The Beach Boys would like to hear YOU play on this track…
Even if you were playing along on a tennis racket when The Beach Boys were crafting their trademark surf sound, now’s your chance to reach back and join-in with one of the greatest groups America has ever produced. The completed song with your guitar track & solo will be made available as an alternate take, via The Beach Boys’ online outlets. (And who knows, you might just end up on the cover of Rolling Stone.)
In addition to the thrill of playing on a real Beach Boys track, there’s also a custom, “Made In California” Stratocaster and a VIP prize pack from Fender and Capitol in the mix for the grand prize winner. Who will determine the winner? The Beach Boys themselves and Capitol Records, that’s who.
Frankly, we’re speechless with excitement too. But we’ll gather our wits here and tell you how to make your submission.
You’ll find an .mp3 and .aif for “Goin’ To The Beach” in the ASSETS section for this project.
About Fender®-- Fender is the world’s leading guitar and musical instrument amplifier brand and a name that is synonymous with popular music since its inception in Southern California in 1946, thanks in part to the Beach Boys who have played Fender instruments since 1961. Fender instruments, such as the Telecaster®, Precision Bass®, Stratocaster® and Jazz Bass® guitars, and Bassman®, Twin Reverb® and Deluxe Reverb® amplifiers, are known worldwide as the instruments that started the rock ‘n’ roll revolution, and they continue to be highly prized by today’s musicians and collectors alike. For more information, visit http://www.fender.com/.
The Beach Boys & Fender®-- Back in the day when Fender was merely one of many musical instrument companies working to gain a foothold in the newly-emerging world of rock 'n' roll music, The Beach Boys were one of the very few American groups to achieve international acclaim. They were it, with a string of evocative hits that played constantly on the radios, TV's, bandstands and concert stages of the world... surf, sun, striped shirts and white jeans...soaring harmonies that sounded like one multi-throated voice... bikinis, the beach and hot rods....this was the vision that The Beach Boys put forth. Along for the ride, and immediately recognizable as the tools of the trade for these ambassadors of the Southern California teen dream, a stunning matched set of Fender Olympic White instruments of mass hypnosis: Brian Wilson's Precision Bass, Al Jardine's Stratocaster, Carl Wilson's Jaguar. Behind them, the Fender wall of dreams: two blonde Dual Showman amps, a Bassman amp and blonde outboard reverb units; this was the cover of the best-selling live album of the day, Beach Boys Concert. Throughout their long and notable career The Beach Boys were never seen without their pristine arsenal of Fender gear, and are forever linked to Fender by great sounds, beautiful music and that eternal So-Cal dream.
What you’ll want to do is listen to the track, consult with your muse, grab your Strat, then let your mind go and let your fingers do the talking.
We want to see you on film, playing along with the whole track, and getting your Beach Boys groove down tight. The gap for the solo comes at 1:16. Show us what you got! Make sure it fits the mood and tone of the song.
A few tips: It’s really important that the sound is balanced between your solo and the track. We want to hear your solo, but we also want to hear how it fits in the track.
Also: please do everything you can to make the video look good too. Yes, the sound of the solo is key, but we also want to see you playing. Part of the fun of this project will be the great variety and depth of talent on display – so try to look your best. The judges will be assessing the whole performance. So, be ready for your close-up!
--Target Audience: The Beach Boys’ fan base spans across all generations.
--Tone: Entertaining, authentic
--Exposure: The Beach Boys digital properties.
This project will have one phase with a variety of soft prizes. Be sure to read the following information carefully as well as the Official Rules.
PHASE 1 – GUITAR SOLO VIDEO: Download the “Goin’ to the Beach” audio track from the assets tab and submit a video of yourself playing guitar along with the song. You play your guitar for the ENTIRE SONG being sure to incorporate riffs, chords and flourishes throughout with special emphasis on the 8-bar guitar solo break, starting at 1:16. If you are selected as the Grand Prize winner in this phase, you will be required to submit a multi-track recording with the guitar performance on one track, and “Goin’ To The Beach” on another. Ideal sample/bit rate is 24 bit / 88.2 Kbps, but standard 16 bit / 44.1 Kbps will be accepted as well. In the event that a winner cannot create a multi-track recording, the performance must be submitted as a synchronized (zeroed) .wav file. It will then be mixed into the original track by long-time, GRAMMY-Award-Winning Beach Boys engineer Mark Linett, and co-produced by Alan Boyd.
• First Place: One Grand Prize winner will receive the following: A signed California-made Fender Stratocaster w/custom “Made In California” pick guard ($2875 MSRP), The Beach Boys “Made In California” box set ($149.98 MSRP), "VIP Factory Tour Prize Pack", which includes: a factory tour for four guests (not including travel and accommodations), one "Surfboards, Stratocasters & Striped Shirts" 1966 tour photo book, 4 Beach Boys exhibit posters autographed by artist John Van Hammersveld, 4 Fender T Shirts ($250 retail value), and their audio-only performance to be mixed in the actual multi-track of the song and made available on relevant Beach Boys web outlets.
• Second - Fifth Place: Winners will receive the following: The Beach Boys “Made In California” box set ($149.98 MSRP) and a Fender Affinity Series Stratocaster ($279.99 MSRP).
• Sixth - Tenth Place: Winners will receive the following: One "Surfboards, Stratocasters & Striped Shirts" 1966 tour photo book ($39.99 MSRP), The Beach Boys “50 Big Ones” 2-CD set ($34.98 MSRP), and a free tour for a group of 4 to the Fender Factory and Visitors Center in Corona, CA (not including travel and accommodations) ($40 value), etc.
1. Preferred format is HD 720p 16x9 for upload to the Tongal site. Acceptable file formats are .mov, .avi, .mp4, .wmv. Acceptable codecs are H.264 (MP4), MPEG-4, H.263, MPGV, WMV, DivX.
2. Winners will be required to submit a multi-track recording with the guitar performance on one track, and “Goin’ To The Beach” on another. Ideal sample/bit rate is 24 bit / 88.2 Kbps, but standard 16 bit / 44.1 Kbps files will be accepted as well. In the event that a winner cannot create a multi-track recording, the performance must be submitted as a synchronized (zeroed) .wav file.
3. Unless provided otherwise, all work must be your own original creation and free of any copyrighted material. You shall provide detailed information of your work regarding the source, the creator and background information as requested by Tongal.
4. Performances will be judged by Capitol Records and The Beach Boys based on the following criteria: 1) musicianship of the entrant; 2) substance of the performance; and 3) production value of the submission. Decisions on winners and prizing will be at the sole discretion of Capitol Records and The Beach Boys, and their decisions shall be considered final.
5. Submissions cannot contain any profanity, offensive language, nudity or otherwise objectionable material, the determination of which is solely at the discretion of Clean and Clear.
6. You will be judged on how well you satisfy the factors contained in the Project Objectives pages, in the judges' sole discretion.
7. Submissions must not portray The Beach Boys, Capitol Records, Universal Music Group, and Fender in a negative way, the determination of which will solely reside with The Beach Boys, Capitol Records, Universal Music Group, and Fender.
8. Videos must be in the English language.
9. Limit 1 submission per member.
10. In addition to the standard Tongal W-9, Winner Affidavit, and IP Assignment, winners MUST also provide Talent and Music Releases for all assets visible or audible in the spot.
11. BY SUBMITTING AN ENTRY, YOUR SUBMISSION IMMEDIATELY BECOMES SOLELY THE PROPERTY OF TONGAL – SEE OFFICIAL RULES FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT OWNERSHIP OF ENTRIES. YOU MAY NOT PUBLICLY SHARE OR PUBLISH YOUR SUBMISSION IN ANY MANNER AND YOU MAY NOT POST OR UPLOAD YOUR SUBMISSION TO ANY WEB SITE OR HOSTING SITE (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE OR VIMEO), WITHOUT THE PRIOR EXPRESS WRITTEN CONSENT OF TONGAL. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS REQUIREMENT MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION OF YOUR ENTRY IN THE PROJECT.
12. See OFFICIAL RULES for additional contest information, terms and conditions. If there is any conflict or inconsistency between these requirements and the Official Rules, the terms and conditions of these requirements shall prevail.