David Lee Roth went back in time for his hit song: “California Girls” It came out late 1984 (single), early 1985 (EP) Crazy From the Heat. Of course it was a Beach Boys song. The DLR version peaked at number-three on the Billboard Hot 100 and hit number-three on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. David Lee Roth launched his solo career while still a member of Van Halen with this. He tells what attracted him to that song.