The Beach Boys' follow-up to the modest success of "Surfin'" added a stronger rock feel and became a bigger hit as a result. Like that song, "Surfin' Safari" is concerned with lifestyle of the average young Californian surfer, but it differs in that it focuses on one aspect of this lifestyle: the act of a surf run. Starting with the anthemic "Let's go surfin' now/Everybody's learning how/Come on and safari with me," the lyrics lay out a travelogue of surf spots that range from "Doheny" all the way to exotic Peru. This picturesque narrative is backed by a driving melody that breaks up its verse melodies with a complex, rhythmic chorus that pits two separate but complimentary vocal lines against each other to draw the listener in. The Beach Boys' recording ups the energy level even higher by punctuating it with cymbal-heavy drum work from Dennis Wilson and a short but nifty electric guitar solo performed in a Chuck Berry-inspired style by Carl Wilson. The end result is a tight, energetic slice of harmony-laden surf rock that gave the Beach Boys their first big U.S. hit. It also became a favorite cover for surf bands like the Lively Ones and Jan & Dean, but the Beach Boys' version remains the best-remembered recording thanks to its sharp arrangement and signature vocal harmonies. Even someone with no intention of going near a surf board could get sucked in by the infectious fun of "Surfin' Safari."