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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Beach Boys Podcast (Mike Godette) on: September 17, 2020, 08:53:55 PM
Thanks for organizing these Mike, I've really enjoyed these podcasts, great to hear different viewpoints from all participants. Very much looking forward to future installments!

Nate, I especially enjoy the wealth of knowledge and perspectives you share in your endearing laid-back manner  Cool
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Please Let Me Wonder - Production analysis video on: June 09, 2020, 02:47:59 PM
Thanks for the comments!

A couple people complained that they wanted to hear the entire track played through at the end like I normally have done; I didn't do that this time because between most of the first verse being bass only and then playing through the entire second verse and chorus without comment, it seemed good enough.  But if it wasn't good enough for you, here's this:

Let me know if anybody has trouble with playing that.

Thanks for uploading that, I love the juxtaposition of the growly Dano against the acoustic guitars.
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Comments on Czechoslovakia at the Lucerna Great Hall in Prague on: June 22, 2019, 08:00:56 PM
I reckon the autographing took place in Bratislava as they are wearing identical clothing when they were photographed there.,16967.msg422364.html#msg422364

4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Beach Boys on \ on: May 10, 2019, 05:02:54 PM
"Cotton Fields" from Happening '69 is played live and based on the 20/20 version. The performances of "Break Away" and Johnny B Goode" are also live.
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Steel Guitar on Little Pad on: January 25, 2019, 01:40:40 PM
The January 1995 edition of Record Collector features an interview with Brian where he talks about 3 Smiley tracks in particular, one of them being "Little Pad"

RC: Who played the beautiful steel guitar on that?

BW: It was Al Vescobo [sic] he was a great steel player. His house burned down about 10 years ago, but it was made of wood, so it was no wonder!
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach boys and the doobies on: January 22, 2019, 01:52:43 PM
Don't know if any photos were taken but IIRC they did appear together onstage singing "Auld Lang Syne" during "New Year's Rockin' Eve" in late November 1974. Video footage exists, apparently.
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1968 Copyright Extension prediction thread on: December 07, 2018, 01:34:09 PM
"Be Here In The Morning Darling" is wonderful. What is it? Is it an entirely different thing from "Be Here In The Morning"? Or is it a totally different backing track that the same lyrics were supposed to be applied to?

it took a few listens but it is indeed the same song. you can hum the melody right over this new track for the most part. amazing

I'm also floored by the backing track we got for the actual Be Here In the Morning. the choruses are especially lush and the bells give it a timely holiday vibe. that slide guitar is such a sweet effect too. anyone know who or what that is exactly?

Craig lists Al Vescovo as guitarist so I'm guessing it's him playing the slide. Hopefully c-man can clarify.
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Was Queen more influenced by the Beach Boys than we know? on: November 18, 2018, 01:21:26 PM
I never really thought of a Beach Boys influence on Queen and I'm a huge Queen fan, but there was definitely one on Yes.  I always thought the organ break (and the band coming in as it modulates) on Little Girl I Once Knew sounded like early late-60's Yes.  In spite of Yes being mainly a prog rock band they were regularly a harmony singing band and once Steve Howe joined quite a few songs had three part harmonies.  When Trevor Rabin joined they added even more layers.  In the 80s the songs Leave It and the intro to Rhythm of Love were very Beach Boys-esqe.

Here's what Steve Howe had to say in "Under The Influence - This Week, Steve Howe of Yes"

Beach Boys: "Surf's Up".

I like this because after a lot of talk about pollution the Beach Boys actually got down to writing songs about it. They actually made an anti-pollution record. They really hit out at a few things on this album. I quite like their "Holland" album but I think we'll have to wait a while for another "Surf's Up." They're a beautiful group, somehow unaffected by the world and making great music.
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Love and Mercy Sequel on: September 22, 2018, 04:51:32 PM
Personally I hope they're done with making biopics about the band. I'd much prefer an expanded and updated "Endless Harmony" project.
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: In-jokes + references that no listeners understood in BBs song lyrics on: July 13, 2018, 04:17:46 PM
Good one. I myself thought “Parks” was referring to Van Dyke for many years

I still do! who is it referring to?

a friend named Jon Parks

One of six (six!) writers of "When A Man Needs A Woman"

The writing credits on the copyright documentation breaks down thus:

Brian 70%
Dennis 7.5%
Steve Korthof 7.5%
John Parks 7.5%
Alan 7.5%

Interestingly, Carl's name doesn't appear on said documentation.
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread for various insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread! on: July 03, 2018, 06:47:53 PM
According to Ian's and Jon's book "The Beach Boys in Concert" the mini orchestra which included cellist Igor Horoshevsky debuted with the band live on April 13, 1967 in Mississippi. The British Musicians Union prevented the group from using four additional musicians in concert during their May 1967 European tour.
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The cancelled bonus disc for Made in California on: July 02, 2018, 04:52:54 PM
In the Winter 2013 edition of ESQ, Mark mentioned that the bonus disc would've included unspecified backing and accapella tracks. At the time he was hoping that it would be released at some stage.
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: So c-man... about that online sessionography.... on: May 07, 2018, 08:02:39 PM
Craig's sessionography contributions are a highlight of the ESQ fanzines and currently the best way to access his wealth of information. It's interesting to compare his 2018 Friends sessionography with the one he prepared for ESQ 10 years ago.
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Concert attire on: May 07, 2018, 07:59:04 PM
Carl appeared in his street clothes (as he was running late) at the Dublin Adelphi gig, May 2 1967. It makes for an interesting read in Ian and Jon's book, "The Beach Boys In Concert"
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Carl Wilson - 1973 Old Grey Whistle Test Interview on: May 02, 2018, 03:46:19 PM
Luckily a friend of Alan Boyd's recorded their first appearance (for 1971) on The David frost Show, thus we have the "Cool, Cool Water" snippet in the EH doco.
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Carl and Kowalski on: January 18, 2018, 01:32:45 PM
Sounds more like Dennis' drumming style than Kowalski's. According to "The Beach Boys In Concert" book, Kowalski augmented their live sound on percussion for that tour.
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1968 Copyright Extension prediction thread on: December 12, 2017, 01:52:20 PM
According to Craig Slowinski in a 2008 issue of ESQ, until the multitracks are scrutinised, there's no definite way to tell if it's Brian solo or Brian and possibly Al on "Transcendental Meditation". Hopefully we'll know for sure this time next year.
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: What I just saw on the History channel on: December 05, 2017, 02:49:38 PM
There was some discussion about this photo relating to a Dennis Wilson interview in Disc and Music Echo in December 1970:,16815.msg425867.html#msg425867
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Paley Sessions Discussion Thread on: November 19, 2017, 12:44:12 PM
I'd have to dig to find it...but in an issue of the "California Saga" fan publication at the time, someone recounted a conversation with Carl (following a BBs gig, I believe) where Carl said he was "happy to be recording guitar tracks with Brian", indicating he felt positive about the whole endeavor. Carl seems to have changed his mind a lot in those days...

Craig, you inspired me to do some digging of my own and I finally found said issue: #13, Summer 1995.

Carl also lamented that Brian had resumed smoking. Perhaps Carl didn't want to be inhaling secondary cigarette smoke in the studio since he'd quit smoking himself.
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New Beach Boys Podcast! on: November 14, 2017, 01:37:24 PM
Great podcast, guys. Love the love for Love You!
Looking forward to future installments
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Japanese 1980s Capitol reissues were the first on CD on: September 30, 2017, 05:15:12 PM
I ordered them all from a record store in Melbourne at $30 a pop! I then stupidly sold them for less than half what I originally paid when the first batch of two-fers were released.

I've managed to repurchase the entire set again, for keeps this time!
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Joan Rivers dated Dennis Wilson!!! on: September 06, 2017, 05:36:38 PM
National Enquirer, September 27 1988, had as one of its headlines: "The Odd Couple! Joan Rivers and 'Beach Boy' Brian Wilson"
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Glen Campbell on Dance Dance Dance on: August 29, 2017, 04:27:19 PM
You're correct, joe_blow. Glen appears at 33:05 demonstrating the Dance x 3 guitar riff.
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Types of automobiles The BBs' members have been in? on: July 27, 2017, 03:15:14 PM
I seem to recall reading that the white Bentley that was featured in the An American Band video was owned by Annie.
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Ricky Fataar's exit from the band on: July 26, 2017, 03:32:41 PM
Well, Bobby Figueroa was on his way to the laundry when he was asked to take Dennis' place at short notice for their American Bandstand appearance in 1981.

So perhaps Ricky may have been asked to play at short notice too.
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