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Busy Doin' Nothin'

This article is about the Beach Boys' song. For the song by Ace Wilder, see Busy Doin' Nothin' (Ace Wilder song).
"Busy Doin' Nothin'"
Song by The Beach Boys from the album Friends
Released March 26, 1968
Recorded March 26–April 11, 1968
ID Sound & Brian Wilson's home studio, California
Genre Bossa nova, pop
Length 3:04
Label Capitol
Writer Brian Wilson
Producer The Beach Boys
Friends track listing

"Busy Doin' Nothin'" is a song written by Brian Wilson for the American rock band the Beach Boys. It appears as the tenth track on their 1968 studio album Friends. The lyrics reflect the minutiae of his daily social and business life, while the music, Wilson says, was inspired by "bossa nova in general".[1]


"Busy Doin' Nothin'" was recorded over two dates, one for the basic instrumental track and another for overdubs, including the vocal track. The basic instrumental track was recorded at Brian Wilson's home studio on March 26, 1968 under the working titles "Even Steven" and "Even Time".[2] The session used several members of the Wrecking Crew.[3]

Overdubs and the vocal track were recorded on April 11, 1968 at ID Sound, California. The vocal track has Brian singing the lead vocal, briefly joined by his then-wife Marilyn Wilson who sings close harmony with Brian during the second bridge. This was the first time Brian was vocally unaccompanied by other Beach Boys since "Caroline, No" in 1966.[original research?]

Live versions

"Busy Doin' Nothin'" was performed in the early 2000s by Brian Wilson during his Pet Sounds solo tour.


The Beach Boys
Additional personnel
  • Jim Ackley – acoustic guitar
  • Don Englert – clarinet
  • Alan Estes – vibraphone; wood blocks
  • Jay Migliori – clarinet
  • Gene Pello – drums
  • Lyle Ritz – upright bass
  • Tom Scott – tenor flute
  • David Sherr – oboe
  • Al Vescovo – acoustic guitar
  • Marilyn Wilson – backing and harmony vocals

Cover versions

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