by Bill Forman
Yes, it's the Indy's annual — and highly subjective — countdown of the year's most intriguing, compelling and just plain enjoyable songs. You can pick up our December 26 issue to find the complete story, along with a rundown of local musicians' favorites. In the meantime, here's #9....
Beach Boys, “That’s Why God Made the Radio”
The last thing I expected from 2012 — or really any year since the Beach Boys went the way of Jimmy Buffett — was a reunion single that captures the magic of Pet Sounds without sounding like half-hearted nostalgia. “That’s Why God Made the Radio” reminds us why the Beatles were actually jealous of the Beach Boys, and why indie-rock songwriters still long to emulate Brian Wilson. And when those unmistakable harmonies come in on the chorus, it’s hard not to get chills. Ironically, the release date of this loving homage to radio made it ineligible for airplay on the strictly formatted stations that thrive on the band’s old hits. — BF