“I remember listening to Rubber Soul with my wife and some friends and we were smoking marijuana. And we were stoned. Rubber Soul just took me away! And I went to the piano and started writing Pet Sounds. It took me to Pet Sounds. It was a moment that lived forever in my heart!”

“I was so happy to hear it that I went and started writing ‘God Only Knows,’”

– Brian Wilson

”Without Pet Sounds, Sgt. Pepper wouldn’t have happened… Pepper was an attempt to equal Pet Sounds.“

“If records had a director within a band, I sort of directed Pepper. And my influence was basically the Pet Sounds album.”

“’God Only Knows’ is one of the few songs that reduces me to tears every time I hear it. It’s really just a love song, but it’s brilliantly done. It shows the genius of Brian. I’ve actually performed it with him and I’m afraid to say that during the sound check I broke down. It was just too much to stand there singing this song that does my head in and to stand there singing it with Brian”

– Paul McCartney