By now, you have probably seen the surrealistically whimsical video that accompanies the BBC produced cover of “God Only Knows.” While artists such as Pharrell Williams,Â Dave Grohl, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Lorde, and Brian Wilson are instantaneously recognizable to almost anyone, others are a bit harder to pick out (even I didn’t catch the Tees Valley Youth Choir). For a handy guide of who’s who, click this link: The Impossible Orchestra
If you aren’t familiar with the song/video, just imagine a cover of one of the Beach Boys’ greatest hits, performed by a band of current and legendary pop stars over a backdrop of tigers, trapezes, bubbles and balloons. All to benefit the Children in Need Charity.Â It was produced by Ethan-John and took over a year to complete.
As you might expect in this age when narrow minded Web users can post shallow criticisms to their heart’s delight,Â the project has received a fair amount of scoffing (mostly about who is and who isn’t in it). But don’t you have to look at a project like this as whole? Isn’t that how we viewed “We are The World” and “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Brian May (who contributes a short but sweet Queen-esque guitar solo) summed it up best, “It’s a privilege to be able to go in (the studio) with people who know what they are doing and work on a great songâ€”it doesn’t get any better than that.”
While it’s sad that some see this simply as a video that showcases a selection pop and rock stars, those who respect what it takes to conceive and complete an undertaking of this scale are certain to appreciate, or at least enjoy, the final product. I mean it’s just one of the greatest pop songs of all-time performed by a group of incomparable musicians and vocalists, with imagery that is beyond brilliant. What more could you ask for?
Here’s a video on just how it came to be: