In one of those corporate gestures that either capture the public imagination or fall into a blancmange of embarrassment, the BBC has blazed across all its networks a compilation recording of the Beach Boys hit involving an ill-judged plethora of British performers.
You can watch the compilation here.
The Guardian has entertainingly run down most of the stellar cast-list. We find it musically uninteresting and the corporate hype asphyxiating. Compared to the BBC’s Just a Perfect Day in 1997, this veers more towards blancmange than inspiratio.
Worse, it looks like a Big Brother operation. Until now, only the death of a monarch or the outbreak of war was supposed to broadcast across all networks. Now, the BBC seems prepared to use that prerogative for its own propaganda and the glorification of its damply reorganised executive structure. We fear for the future of music on the BBC.