Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, the original song climbed to Number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 when it was released. It also appeared as the B-side to “It’s Gettin’ Late” in 1985.
“The Beach Boys have a storied history with this song and the new version of ‘It’s OK’ continues this legacy,” Love said in a statement. “It’s a reminder that regardless of what’s going on in your life… get out and enjoy the summer.”
Taylor Hanson added, “Twenty-five years ago, we were singing Beach Boys classics to an audience of a handful at our first concert. To be asked to collaborate with Mike Love, a music icon to us, was a total honor. There are few things greater than being granted mutual respect from an artist you greatly admire.”
On the Michael Lloyd-produced new version of the track, the group’s buoyant harmonies capture the sun-kissed vibes of the original while adding some playful pep to the punchy new arrangement.
Their new take on “It’s OK” came about when Love and Hanson recently teamed for a forthcoming holiday project. During one of their phone conversations, Hanson noted that the song was one of their favorite tracks and the collaboration came to fruition.
“I loved re-recording the song with Hanson. I think they brought a great energy to it,” Love added. “Brothers Taylor, Zac and Isaac grew up singing harmonies like my family did and they’ve written some great songs over the years. It was a blast working together.”
Last month, the surviving Beach Boys came together for a rare interview. The Beach Boys With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was released in June.