My take on that pick is this: any song with the words "beach music" in the lyrics can't be a beach music classic. It's impossible. That song is about the genre, not of the genre. Can you imagine tooling down Route 66 in a pristine old Corvette on the way to Whatever You Find with the song I Love Road Trips blasting through the speakers? I didn't think so. This is a problem with much of the present day "beach music." A song cannot be written or exist specifically to be beach music and really succeed. The song must become beach music, often over time and always through some mysterious acceptance by a cadre of arbiters all through the South.
The music is called Shag Music after all, and like the term Rock and Roll, that means something. It's music derived from primordial race music that happened to catch on with white kids at the beach. One day I'll tell you what I know about an ol' boy from My Town nicknamed Chicken who many music historians name as the Father of bringing that race music to the beach. To Carolina Beach first by the way, a stalwart blue collar beach town, not Myrtle Beach.
But anyway, back to that lunch. My bud and I hit upon that "in the mood theme" and changed our focus to the best beach/shag songs to get a girl in the mood in the old days. I know that smacks of malevolence, but we were young. Our picks are featured below. In a "then and now" kind of way.
My bud's choice is Ms. Grace by The Thymes. "Satin and perfume and lace"... every Carolina Girl with any sensuality and ego at all will relate to you looking in her eyes and singing those words as you dance. Even thought it's a moderate up tempo song the next thing you know she'll be pulling you closer into a slow moving embrace. If she's loaded enough at the time she might even want you to call her Grace. Had that happen to me once. A long time ago. A long, long, long time ago. Oh God, I may regret this post.
Judge for yourself the legitimacy of my anthropological rant. The music and the dancing will speak for itself.