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The Beach Boys Want to Know What Your "Good Vibrations" Look Like

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Local music legends The Beach Boys are proving you can evolve oldies with some social media tricks. The band is crowdsourcing content for two videos for two of their songs, "Good Vibrations" and "Heroes and Villains" ahead of the November 1 release of "The Smile Sessions," says Mashable.

Here's how the contest works:

For the first phase of the contest, which runs through Sept. 15, contestants are challenged to come up with concepts for the video that must be explained in 250 words or less. The creators of the five winning concepts will receive $250 plus a two-CD set of The SMiLE Sessions. Contestants then have four days to shoot a video based on one of the concepts. Creators of the top video will get $5,000, second place gets $2,000, third gets $750, and fourth and fifth get $500.

"Smile Sessions" is a collection of previously unreleased material recorded in 1966 and 1967. Pop & Hiss explains:

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“Smile” was planned as the follow-up to “Pet Sounds,” now widely hailed as one of the greatest albums of the rock era, and one that famously was an inspiration for the Beatles to record “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in order to top their stateside competitors.

The two songs in the crowdsource contest both were intended to be on the album back in the late 60s, though eventually they showed up on other compilations.

Ok, get inspired: