"The New Girl in School" was a typical example of the Beach Boys/Jan & Dean style of Southern California pop/rock of the first half of the 1960s. With its "Papa-do-ron-dey-ron-dey-ooh" vocal part and lyrics about teenage life, it fit in perfectly with other songs by the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean, many of which it resembled. And why shouldn't it have? It was written by Jan Berry, Brian Wilson, and Roger Christian, after all, and Wilson especially had forged this entire style of music as the leader of the Beach Boys. The song began life with the title "Gonna Hustle You," but Liberty Records, Jan & Dean's label, had them change the lyrics and title due to the unfortunate implications of the word "hustle" that the composers apparently didn't appreciate. "The New Girl in School" was good enough to have been an A-side single release, but it was put on the B-side of "Dead Man's Curve," released in February 1964, on the theory that that song's somewhat forbidding subject matter might prevent its being a hit, in which case disc jockeys would be encouraged to turn the single over. "Dead Man's Curve" hit the Top Ten, but some disc jockeys turned it over anyway, and "The New Girl in School" made the Top 40 on its own, the most successful B-side Jan & Dean ever had. After Jan Berry was injured in an automobile accident in 1966, Liberty tried reissuing it as an A-side without success. In 1973, Dean Torrance overdubbed the original "Gonna Hustle You" lyrics over the track and released it as by the Legendary Masked Surfers.