The Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds' cover shoot got them a lifetime zoo ban

News 15/02/2018

The Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds' is easily one of the biggest albums of the 60's but what you might not know is that the album photo shoot actually got the band banned from a zoo.

As reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune, it all happened on February 13, 1966 at San Diego Zoo.

The photos taken during the band's visit to the Zoo eventually ended up on the cover of their Pet Sounds LP but the whole thing was initially viewed as an attempt by the Beach Boys to jump on a trend.

"Zoo officials were not keen about having their beloved beasts connected with the title of the album," reads the paper's original report, filed in the aftermath of the band's visit. "But gave in when the Beach Boys explained that animals are an 'in' thing with teenagers. And that the Beach Boys were rushing to beat the rock 'n' roll group called 'The Animals.'"

The band members reportedly failed to treat it with the seriousness it deserved.

Zoo superintendent, John Muth accused one member of the band of bouncing a carrot off of a tiger's head; another "tried to stick the head of a little antelope through some iron bars." Multiple band members were also accused of being careless with puppies and baby chicks, setting them down in places they didn't belong and leaving them there.

After the band's visit to the Zoo, Muth told the paper that "The Beach Boys are not welcome back and never will be."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock