I Just Wasn't Made for These Times (album)

I Just Wasn't Made for These Times is the second studio album by Brian Wilson. Co-produced by Don Was, the album followed Wilson's eponymous debut seven years after its release. It also serves as a soundtrack album for the documentary Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn't Made for These Times, also directed by Was. The titles are derived from the Beach Boys' song "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" (1966).

I Just Wasn't Made for These Times
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Studio album / soundtrack album by
ReleasedAugust 15, 1995 (1995-08-15)
ProducerDon Was, Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson chronology
Brian Wilson
I Just Wasn't Made for These Times
Orange Crate Art
Singles from I Just Wasn't Made for These Times
  1. "Do It Again" / "'Til I Die"
    Released: 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(neither)[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[4]


After his solo debut, Wilson's psychotherapist, Eugene Landy, had significant influence on Wilson's projected follow-up, Sweet Insanity, which was shelved in 1990 and never released. After Landy's court-ordered departure, Wilson returned to the studio and embarked on multiple projects.

Wilson admitted in 1995: “At first, I thought ‘This is gonna be contrived, the songs were all old hat. But then I understood the context of it all, so I felt free to talk without worrying about what I was saying. I got a sense of my self — a sense of worth.[5]

Chart performanceEdit

I Just Wasn't Made for These Times reached No. 59 on the UK Albums Charts It did not chart in the U.S.

Track listingEdit

"Love and Mercy" and "Melt Away" were originally credited as Brian Wilson and Eugene Landy, but those credits have since been revised to show Wilson as the only composer.[citation needed]

1."Meant for You"Brian Wilson, Mike Love0:50
2."This Whole World"Wilson1:55
3."Caroline, No"Wilson, Tony Asher2:39
4."Let the Wind Blow"Wilson, Love2:44
5."Love and Mercy"Wilson3:13
6."Do It Again" (featuring Carnie and Wendy Wilson)Wilson, Love2:44
7."The Warmth of the Sun"Wilson, Love3:48
8."Wonderful"Wilson, Van Dyke Parks2:14
9."Still I Dream of It" (original home demo, 1976)Wilson3:35
10."Melt Away"Wilson2:58
11."'Til I Die"Wilson2:47
Total length:29:27


From liner notes.[6]


  1. ^ Rabid, Jack. "Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn't Made for These Times > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn't Made for These Times". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
  3. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 1233. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; with Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). New York, NY: Fireside/Simon & Schuster. p. 880. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  5. ^ Holdship, Bill (August 1995). "Lost in Music" (PDF). MOJO. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 30, 1998.
  6. ^ Brian Wilson I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times, MCA Records, Inc., Universal City, CA, 1995, liner notes