This was the first song Brian Wilson wrote with Roger Christian, who was a California DJ with an affinity for cars. Wilson was a wizard in the studio and very good with composition, but when it came to writing lyrics that would appeal to the youth of America, he needed some help. Roger Christian, and also Wilson's early writing partner Gary Usher, gave him an insight into the California culture of surfing and cars that helped make the songs authentic. Roger Christian went on to write more car-inspired Beach Boys songs, including "Car Crazy Cutie" and "Cherry, Cherry Coupe," and he also helped write "Dead Man's Curve
" for Jan & Dean.