The Beach Boys released songs about many subjects, from tropical island paradises to the genocide of Native Americans. One of their classic rock love songs was partly inspired by a jar of honey Mike Love saw in a cabinet. Here’s a look at the creation of a hit — and how its success compared to the band’s other songs.

The cover of the Beach Boys' Surfin' Safari

The cover of The Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ Safari” | Michael Ochs Archives / Stringer

How The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson and Mike Love wrote songs together

The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson is one of the most notable avant-garde musicians of his era. According to The Guardian, The Beach Boys’ Bruce Johnston said Mike Love helped make Wilson’s music palatable for the masses. He compared Wilson to a shy high schooler and Love to a cool guy who was helping him pick up girls.