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1  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #11: The Beatles (the White Album part 1) on: September 19, 2017, 07:09:39 AM
Martha My Dear
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: AREN'T YOU GLAD You're A Beach Boys fan? on: September 18, 2017, 06:20:55 AM
I'm SUPER glad.

The Beach Boys arrived in my life at a time when I really needed them - they made a really terrible time in my life bearable, and now that that's over, they continue to stimulate my happy hormones like no other band. Even the sad stuff makes me  feel better. I don't think I've ever loved a band the way I love these guys. My life is absolutely better because of them.
3  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #11: The Beatles (the White Album part 1) on: September 13, 2017, 05:48:48 AM
Martha My Dear
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / Polls / Re: Which BBs clip do you like the best? on: September 11, 2017, 07:23:10 AM
Nice to see you posting, Z, but read the OP. There's answer to your GV question & to the note about Sullivan & the like shows.

Btw, it doesn't show you picked SU.

Woops, I forgot to click the Submit button. Fixed that.

I see now I missed your conditions for inclusion in the poll. I'm still recovering from the weekend, LOL.
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / Polls / Re: Which BBs clip do you like the best? on: September 11, 2017, 07:14:58 AM
I picked Surf's Up.

But I love the SJB clip also, and the Lonely Sea one, too.

Good Vibrations - which one? fire hall or the studio footage? I'll take the studio footage one.

1. Surf's Up
2. Sloop John B.
3. Lonely Sea
4. Good Vibrations (studio footage)
5. That Same Song

not listed - the 1964 Ed Sullivan Show clip of I Get Around (not the miming one by the car, the one where they're actually playing).
6  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #11: The Beatles (the White Album part 1) on: September 09, 2017, 05:24:32 AM
I'm So Tired
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New Article: \ on: September 08, 2017, 12:58:22 PM
I wonder--if such an album actually ever comes out, which is far from a certainty after 15-20 years of talking about it--whether it ends up "new material, mostly new material," as he said in the pancakesandwhiskey interview, or "it's going to be covers ... and some original stuff," as he said in this interview. I really, really, really hope it would be the former. The occasional cover is fine, but I'd take an album of the likes of "Some Sweet Day," "My Marianne," "How Can We Still Be Dancin," or "Soul Searchin" type and quality material that's new (or at least remakes of unreleased stuff) over half an album (or more) of covers.

I would love it so much if he would re-record It's Not Easy Being Me with his mature voice for this new album, should it happen. Such a great song.
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New Al interview on: September 06, 2017, 07:29:00 AM
Great article.

I missed Al's birthday but I hope he had a great one. He deserves every bit of love we have to send him.
9  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #11: The Beatles (the White Album part 1) on: September 06, 2017, 07:26:25 AM
I'm So Tired
10  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #11: The Beatles (the White Album part 1) on: September 01, 2017, 01:24:37 PM
My pick to go doesn't look like it's budging, so might as well boot off Rocky Raccoon, seems like the thing to do. (As I whisper softly to into the ragged ear of the stuffed toy raccoon named Rocky that was given to me by my Beatles-obsessed uncle when I was a kid... "shhhh, it's okay, I still love you")
11  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: September 01, 2017, 09:08:41 AM
Today 1st September is Knowledge Day celebrated annually - school kids galore walking with parents, flowers, dressed in classic black & white, polished shoes. Elder kids - 8th-11th graders (there's no 12th grade here) walk alone. They go to school yard to listen to microphone speech by principal/ teachers.

As I walked way back home, some girl was just about passing me by. Till that time, I didn't look at people who pass by - I went with ear buds & the sun shining brightly, you know it's very difficult to see the phone if it's sunny, I wanted to break password to access to music to play it again (it stopped). I began walking slowly to gaze at phone to see if I write down the right password.

When finished, the very absolutely beautiful girl passed me by. She wore LBD (little black dress) with 3/4 sleeves & white embroidered collar. She had black straight hair waving in the breeze &...She smiled to me! It wasn't mocking smile but very kind, warm, sincere & joyful. As if she was too happy that day & she wanted to share it with me (well, people - maybe she's just smiley). Usually I don't look back - I walk forward. But this time I nearly did. But I didn't. But I still rmbr her face & the smile. Isn't it good beginning to day? It creates positivity, that everything'll be alright. Maybe it's strange to say but looking at beautiful people lifts spirits.

This evoked a gorgeous picture in my mind, thanks for sharing Smiley

It reminds me of what Audrey Hepburn said... "Happy girls are the prettiest" or something like that. A random smile from a beautiful stranger is a sweet thing, to be sure.
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: I heard \ on: August 29, 2017, 04:59:16 PM
Over the weekend I had lunch at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville in Niagara Falls and they played not one but two Beach Boys songs! They were playing Sail On, Sailor when we walked up to look at the menu, and that was pretty much the deciding factor, LOL. Then during our meal they played California Girls! Maybe it wasn't an entirely unlikely occurrence for being at a restaurant where they have surf boards hanging on the walls, but since the only time I ever hear Beach Boys while out and about is at Christmastime, I was pretty jazzed.
13  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #11: The Beatles (the White Album part 1) on: August 29, 2017, 04:42:29 PM
I'm So Tired
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / The Beach Boys Media / Re: A Beach Boys/Brian Wilson inspired music/art project on: August 29, 2017, 12:12:44 PM
You're welcome. Do you write as in additional money or is it what you do to live, main occupation? What was easier/ fun - to create the vid, write song or create the story about that Canadian girl? & why Lifesicle is said ['lifsikel]?
I write for personal enjoyment mainly. Self-publishing is expensive so I pay for the cost of a limited run of books just so that I can say I did it. Mostly family and friends buy a few and then I give the rest away as gifts Smiley There is no way I will recover the cost of the printing but that's okay.

I do a different kind of writing for a living (job title: Instructional Designer which is a fancy name for someone who writes e-learning courses).

As far as the Lifesicle project, all parts of it were equally fun! When I get an idea for a story it usually wakes me up in the night and I have to write the whole thing at once or I'll lose it. Then I spend lots of time editing it which is somewhat less fun, but necessary. The art in the book was a lot of fun this time. I'm more of a cartoonist/comic book style artist but I wanted to try abstract art, so that was a neat experience. I made the art style a part of the story.

The book was always the main project, and the song/video were something that came after. I came up with the idea of creating the video as a way to promote it (it was supposed to go viral! It didn't, LOL). So obviously I needed a song, and rather than buying stock music or something, I decided to do it myself. The song took about a month to do. I was waiting for the book to come back from the printer and needed to keep busy with something anyway. I really had a blast with it! As I said, I'm not really a musician but it was kind of proving to myself that I could do it, even if it was just a trifle of a thing.

The video was of course putting the song to a stop-motion animation, and I used very basic tools for that (I'm sure it shows). But I used the tools I had at my disposal. Which was kind of in the spirit of the story, DIY, self-publishing, all of that.

As far as the story being about a Canadian girl, well... they say write what you know. I based the 2 girl characters on my 7 year-old-niece and her cousin who are the same age and live down the street from each other.

It's pronouced Life-sickle, like Popsicle. I wanted to give it a fun, kind of abstract title to go with the art and story. And it sort of alludes to Life Cycle, which is also an element of the story.

By the way, thank you for these questions and taking an interest. It's fun to talk about Smiley
15  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #11: The Beatles (the White Album part 1) on: August 25, 2017, 07:11:43 AM
I'm So Tired
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Best Brian Wilson various artists compilation? on: August 25, 2017, 05:57:04 AM
There is also The Big Beat 1963 which I think is available as an iTunes download only. It's got some interesting stuff on it, but as a compilation to listen to end to end I prefer Pet Projects.
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Pacific Ocean Blue at 40 on: August 23, 2017, 06:23:50 AM
I totally agree with what's been said above about being proud to have this in one's collection. It's one of my favourite albums to put on the turntable.

Something about Dennis' songs is just so ethereal. Not just on POB, all of them. I always get this feeling he's still with us somehow.
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / The Beach Boys Media / Re: A Beach Boys/Brian Wilson inspired music/art project on: August 23, 2017, 06:19:15 AM
Well the traffic is fast now & the 1st thing I decided to see/ hear is this video. Meant to do it since you posted it but slow youtube etc. got in the way. Anyhoo, good song, it begins Christmasey, gotta say your voice is not very different from what I imagined it to sound like, having seen what you look like (adorable). :D I didn't know/ rmbr? you write books. Cool for smb. with the basic music foundation as you say. Thanks to share.

Awww, that's very kind of you to say Cheesy  Thank you, you just made my morning!

It was Christmastime when I made this and I bought sleighbells specifically for it, LOL.
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: One of our own needs us on: August 04, 2017, 04:49:15 PM
Get well soon, Billy!
20  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #10 FINAL ROUND: Magical Mystery Tour on: August 03, 2017, 06:00:25 AM
Penny Lane. I named my cat after the song, so that's a reason Smiley A good reason? Probably not. But I like PL and SFF equally so it's a toss up for me.
21  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #10: Magical Mystery Tour on: August 01, 2017, 04:10:36 PM
I Am the Walrus
22  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #10: Magical Mystery Tour on: July 29, 2017, 10:32:36 AM
Fool on the Hill
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: A little love for Mr. Love on: July 20, 2017, 09:11:15 PM
There's a whole lotta Mike bashing on this website. But afterall, we are all here because we love The Beach Boys, and Mike is one of the original members, and still plays The Beach Boys music to this day. Let's make a thread of the reasons why we appriciate Mike Love, even if some of us don't have very many reasons.  I'll start us off...

1. Big Sur is a beautiful song
2. His vocals on Fun, Fun, Fun
3. His endurance and ability to perform well even after 50+ years.
4. His lyrics on Warmth of the Sun

That's just to get the ball rolling, but I think there is too much Mike bashing here. I love every Beach Boy, and at the end of the day I think Mike is a pretty talented guy.

(OSD might murder me for this post!!!!)



It's a fine topic to start and there are many highlights to highlight...but Nate, why include the lines in your post in bold instead of just letting people post what they think are highlights and good things to celebrate? There's been enough attempts to paint this community and members overall who participate here as nothing but Mike Bashers, and in doing so diminish and dismiss everything about this forum. They've failed miserably so far, the board is still active and running much better since the real problems left, so it doesn't make sense to have an active member add fuel to a fire that hasn't burned here for a long time instead of just letting people talk. No need to take shots at this place or anyone here.

I'd also ask if all of the negative comments in the past week showing up many places online are all examples of "Mike Bashing", or if they're people voicing opinions on something they don't like. And I'd also add that among the people who have been tagged as the bashers (up to and including attempts to have their backgrounds checked and have them removed by interests no longer here...) are some very passionate and long-time fans who can both walk the walk and talk the talk about the band, the music, and the history. So I'd reconsider those few lines and perhaps let things roll. 

The last couple of days I have headed over the PS forum to read their take on the DIA single. I gotta say that community seems to be in some highly-strung distress over this forum. I went to four different pages there the other day (fairly random threads too) and I saw as many posts directly or indirectly mentioning this place in a negative light...funny that this place lives rent free in a lot of peoples' minds over there. Anywho, a lot of the comments were about Mike bashing here.

I'll take any of the rational discussion about Mike here over the fairytale world that goes on over there. I mean you exclude what, two posters here, and the "Mike bashing" is more what you got the past few days: discussions revolving around the history of the band, defining legacy, etc. Does it happen often? Yep, about as often as Mike does something blatantly ridiculous whether it be a tactless interview comment or a single that got primarily dreadful feedback from the fans, or a couple days later dropping a video for said single. I'm just glad we now have a forum where talking freely about band members doesn't elicit an IP address search for an interested party.

Sorry to veer the thread, Nate...but you did bring it up Grin

Well from my perspective... I realize I'm a fairly new member and expect to get basically zero response from this because I know better. But being a pretty neutral member of both boards, I have to say there is hate and love on both boards. Maybe I've just had too much whisky (which is usually the case when I type words on the internet) but I'm just gonna say it. This is a thread for Mike Love Love. So why does it have to turn into something else? There are plenty of threads that support the opposite view.

I hope this thread does go back to what the thread intended originally. But I think Guitarfool and I just wanted to clear the record about the “Mike Bashing” that goes on here. And Add Some, I totally thought of you when I wrote that Grin Hey, you and OSD have seen more sh*t come from this band than I can imagine. I remember a couple years ago when you tried to give Mike the benefit of the doubt often, I know you legitimately tried for a long while to see the good over the bad...it’s gotta be tough with this band! Anyways, cheers Beer Smiley


I will say that I didn't actually think there was a ton of Mike bashing going on, just people saying what they didn't like about DIA17. I was just disappointed to see a thread titled "A little love for Mr Love" get the yucks. I appreciate that OSD said he would not be participating, that's cool, I respect that.

In light of rab's post, I will list something that I have yet to see... posted in this thread relevant to it's point:

Mikes eventual recording of vocals that he didn't necessarily get or agree with during Pet Sounds and Smile. Some of the most wonderful vocals on record.
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: A little love for Mr. Love on: July 20, 2017, 08:52:49 PM
Okay, I just went back and read the OP of this thread. There is no Mike-bashing. That's the point. There are no swipes in this thread. Regardless of what he's said in other threads, clearly the OP post in this tread is about celebrating the the good things Mike has done for the band.

Which amount to almost sweet f*** all since [and I'm being mindful that Mike did do some stuff after 1965 which counts] 1967-70.  Come on.  Really?    There came a time when Mike Love's gawd-forsaken ego began to run the boat...into a sand bar.  It still does.  Except for the freak windfall John Phillips song we call Kokomo being augmented by TERRY MELCHER and then, subsequently, being included in the soundtrack of a somewhat popular movie indigenous to that specific moment 'HE' has s.f.a. to squawk about since California Girls.  He's done almost nothing truly important except for polishing and buffing the lyrics to Good Vibrations.  And truly...did the lyrics really make that song the major success that it was?  Or was it the vocal arrangements and group harmonies/performance with Carl singing out of the first chair which took kind of 'dorky' lyrics right smak-dab through the up-rights?  Carl saved Kokomo for that matter.

No.  Come on.  Let's not light a candle for a dick-head.  It's a waste of fucking wax.

Fine... all of that, valid. Not saying I disagree. But does it have to be all hate all the time? There's nothing good to be said?
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: A little love for Mr. Love on: July 20, 2017, 08:48:16 PM
There's a whole lotta Mike bashing on this website. But afterall, we are all here because we love The Beach Boys, and Mike is one of the original members, and still plays The Beach Boys music to this day. Let's make a thread of the reasons why we appriciate Mike Love, even if some of us don't have very many reasons.  I'll start us off...

1. Big Sur is a beautiful song
2. His vocals on Fun, Fun, Fun
3. His endurance and ability to perform well even after 50+ years.
4. His lyrics on Warmth of the Sun

That's just to get the ball rolling, but I think there is too much Mike bashing here. I love every Beach Boy, and at the end of the day I think Mike is a pretty talented guy.

(OSD might murder me for this post!!!!)



It's a fine topic to start and there are many highlights to highlight...but Nate, why include the lines in your post in bold instead of just letting people post what they think are highlights and good things to celebrate? There's been enough attempts to paint this community and members overall who participate here as nothing but Mike Bashers, and in doing so diminish and dismiss everything about this forum. They've failed miserably so far, the board is still active and running much better since the real problems left, so it doesn't make sense to have an active member add fuel to a fire that hasn't burned here for a long time instead of just letting people talk. No need to take shots at this place or anyone here.

I'd also ask if all of the negative comments in the past week showing up many places online are all examples of "Mike Bashing", or if they're people voicing opinions on something they don't like. And I'd also add that among the people who have been tagged as the bashers (up to and including attempts to have their backgrounds checked and have them removed by interests no longer here...) are some very passionate and long-time fans who can both walk the walk and talk the talk about the band, the music, and the history. So I'd reconsider those few lines and perhaps let things roll. 



It's a fine line between Mike bashing and just saying what you don't like, it looks like. There are many things I don't like. I'm not defending recent events in the Mike Love Universe (I haven't seen or heard DIA17 because why do that to myself? Everyone said it sucks so I have better things to do.) I'm sure I'd hate it, and I don't want to. Hating things is the worst. I just feel like the OP was trying to create a Mike Bashing Free Zone  and it quickly devolved into something else. Maybe in those bolded words he admitted what Mike's shortcomings,  but that's what you do in a thesis. You admit what the arguments against your point might be, but then he went ahead ahead and opened the floor to the pro side. I feel like that's what was trying to be attempted here, and I support it. Maybe I could just go and list my FAVE MIKE THINGS but most of them have already been listed (say what you want about that).  I just am defending the idealistic proposition behind a Mike Love Love Thread, because I'm apparently a hippie at heart, LOL.

I'm not trying to stir the pot. I just feel like there are a number of threads about recent Mike-related events that have leaned toward the yuck, and the point of this thread  was to offset that, and I think that's... well, good.
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