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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / The captain is a douche. on: September 10, 2017, 03:43:05 PM
John Lennon died in 1980. Dennis Wilson died in 1983. 3 years apart. Carl Wilson died in 1998, George Harrison in 2001. 3 years apart

2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / The Beach Boys and The Association on: September 09, 2017, 07:57:59 PM
Did they tour together?
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Which is better: That Lucky Old Sun or That's Why God Made the Radio? on: September 03, 2017, 04:26:55 PM
Neither.  And when you have to abbreviate the title... That's means it's a pretty bad title.
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Alternate Reality: Al, Mike, and Brian as The Beach Boys on: August 27, 2017, 05:38:01 PM
She's Got Rhythm, Come Go With Me, Peggy Sue, My Diane and Matchpoint Of Our Love are the standout tracks for me.
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The New York State fair on: August 26, 2017, 04:59:32 AM
Get rid of ballad of ole Betsy, why do fools fall in love, Pisces brothers. And put in this car of mine, Wendy and all summer long.
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The New York State fair on: August 25, 2017, 07:36:39 AM
I'll be hanging out around the fried dough-- drunk, fat, early 30s

7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The New York State fair on: August 24, 2017, 07:17:06 PM
I'll be hanging around the busses trying to get my autographs. I maybe wearing a beach boys t shirt if anyone wants to say hi. Short 30ish yr old with hair pulled back
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / The New York State fair on: August 23, 2017, 02:11:50 PM
Anybody live around Syracuse that's going to the show Friday??
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Pacific Ocean Blue at 40 on: August 22, 2017, 11:05:43 AM

Ethereal Masterpiece.

Underrated Gem.
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Dennis's closest friends on: August 09, 2017, 01:13:38 PM
What's Gregg Jacobson up to? The people on osters boat that day? Anybody else that was a big part of Dennis's life..
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: USA Today, August '98 Mike: “Most of the audience doesn’t even know our names.\ on: August 04, 2017, 12:22:06 PM
Some interesting bits in this time capsule from a strange moment in the band's history........

USA Today - August 20, 1998

Beach Boys Change, But the Sound Stays the Same

The Beach Boys, or at least a reasonable facsimile thereof, are on the road again.
The songs are the same, of course, and Mike Love, 57, is front and center. But
aside from singer / keyboardist Bruce Johnston, 54, who joined in 1965 as a touring
replacement for Brian Wilson,
the rest of the band is virtually unrecognizable- even to fans.

Carl Wilson died of cancer in February; Al Jardine is off recording a solo album.
Brian Wilson, who hasn’t toured regularly with the Beach Boys in decades, is
basking in the reviews of his recent solo album, Imagination, and living in a quiet
suburb of Chicago.

Although those key members are missing, the band is chugging along as it has
every summer for 37 years, waving the flag for sun, cars and surf.
"Mike is the only one who really has to be here,” guitarist David Marks says. “He
has the distinctive voice. You can do without any one of us.”

"The Beach Boys are a band with great harmonies that sings the songs everybody
knows,” Love says. “Most of the audience doesn’t even know our names.” Don’t
tell that to Ted Cohen, press agent for the 1976 “Brian’s Back” tour. He bristles at
the idea of a Beach Boys show with no Wilsons. “What they are doing now is just
a hollow continuation of the brand,” he says. Cohen, now a Los Angeles media
consultant, thinks the current lineup is missing some vital parts. “Brian provided
the soul for the Beach Boys, and Carl was the heart.”

Marks, 50, now a permanent member, was until recently just a footnote in Beach
Boys history. He lived across the street from the Wilsons as a child and played
on the band’s first five albums; Jardine replaced him in 1964. Love asked Marks
to join the road show last year “to lend some authenticity,” Marks says. “Without
the Wilsons around, it adds something to have one of the founders onstage.” How
does he feel about being one of the Boys again after all these years? “Sure beats
sitting on the couch and flipping through the channels.”

"Emotionally there is a void, and it’s a drag that Carl’s gone,” Love says. “But for
the rest of us who are still here, life goes on, and we do the best we can. Even if
Carl isn’t there, it still sounds pretty good.” These are, after all, many of the same
musicians who’ve provided instrumental punch for two decades. They strive for exact reproductions of the
familiar, albeit at a pace that’s more energized than in recent memory. “Carl
slowed everything down so it would groove,” Marks says. “Now we’re going a
little faster.”

There are no plans to add to the canon, though “I’d like to write with Brian
again,” Love says. “I would have no interest in doing a Beach Boys album without
him.” Marks, however,is ready.“I’d love to record,” he says. “I’ve written
some great songs. I have friends who’ve written some great songs. But no one
here seems interested.”

Still, there’s no shortage of product. Endless Harmony, a VH1 documentary airing
Sunday, demonstrates that — despite Marks’ claim that it doesn’t matter who’s
onstage today — the Beach Boys’ music is the result of powerful interlocking personalities.
A companion CD, a career-spanning 25-track collection with a healthy
dose of compelling rarities and alternate versions, is a balanced cross section of
the group’s career.

Symphonic Sounds of the Beach Boys, produced by Johnston with the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra, is a classical treatment that began as part of a symphonic
tour but was derailed by Carl Wilson’s passing. Johnston is ebullient, chatting the
disc up at every opportunity. “I don’t care if this sells. It’s more of a statement.”
Capitol also hopes to re-release the band’s 1964 Christmas album, combined with
tracks from an unreleased 1977 effort, for this holiday season. And that will be
followed by new editions of the band’s creatively fertile 1970-76 output, with the
requisite bonus tracks and expanded liner notes.

“We’ve been dysfunctional at times,” Love says. “We’ve been self-destructive
at times. And time has taken its toll. But the most important thing is that we’ve
created a lot of happy people, millions of memories. These are literal good vibrations.
You can pick the group apart, but there is a lot of positivity that has been

Actually... Brian was the heart, Carl was the soul. And Dennis was the spirit.
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Fat Boys/Crushin'/Beach Boys/Wipeout/ Legacy on: August 03, 2017, 02:05:03 PM
Honestly... Still cruisin is their last best solid song. Forget anything from summer in paradise except summer of love, that's catchy. Forget Stars and Stripes. Now if you count Al's Don't Fight The Sea. Now that's a song!! That song should have been on the 50th reunion album. The title track off their 50th is pretty good. Also From There To Back Again is really good.
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Rolling Stone - 12/1999 - Lawyer: \ on: August 03, 2017, 01:54:04 PM
Didn't want to appear with him out of love??  Weren't they both on stage together during  that time?...
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Beach boys Children's jobs on: July 31, 2017, 09:02:33 AM

What are the careers of the kid's?? I know Christian is a musician and plays volleyball.
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: I Went To Sleep on: July 30, 2017, 05:58:03 AM

An incredible little gem that I find myself revisiting often since released. Would have fit nicely on Friends.

Yea... I Went To Sleep in replace of Transcendental Mediation. WOW! Friends would be right next to Pet Sounds and Sunflower..
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / I Went To Sleep on: July 29, 2017, 05:38:38 AM

Underrated Gem ??
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Uncut magazine - Dennis Wilson article on: July 26, 2017, 07:59:20 PM
And Dennis is not on the cover because......
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: What does Mike want? on: July 13, 2017, 05:13:54 PM
But that's the ironic part of all this. Ok so Mike is "commercial". Great. But he's not doing anything commercial!

Is he releasing albums and singles that are topping the charts? Nope.
Is he collaborating with today's top musicians? Nope.
Is he releasing merchandise at retailers like other bands from the 60s? Nope.
Is he selling out stadiums? Nope.

I like Mike a lot actually. I believe he gets a bad rap. But he just doesn't get it. He's just so out of touch with today's generation, culture & music.. It sucks to say that bout the guy who co-wrote some of the most iconic, greatest and endearing music of our time.

Santas goin to Kokomo... The boss's Hungry Heart... You'll never be alone on Christmas Day... And now Do It Again 2017??
Give me an effin break.

Pieces brothers is a good little tune but would've been better had it been done in 1967/68.

Every decade it's one career misstep after another.. Why stop now!?

19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New Mike Single on: July 07, 2017, 02:47:52 PM

Just stumbled on this. And oh boy. Here's where that all began...
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: July 01, 2017, 05:47:05 AM
Stores that are selling it?
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Beach Boys Wild Honey(Sunshine Tomorrow) 2CD Set on: June 29, 2017, 05:18:10 AM
A back cover image from Amazon:

Gee thanks for the great packaging. That's all we get is a typical plastic cd case??
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Would Al have been a better choice for lead on California Girls? on: June 28, 2017, 10:14:24 AM
A few mid- late 60s Carl songs would have been nice if Al was on lead.
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Top 5 Favorite Songs on: June 04, 2017, 08:20:31 PM
I'm on a Getcha Back kick right now.
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Blondie and Ricky on: June 02, 2017, 07:44:56 PM
Any pictures of Blondie and Ricky in the studio with the guys?
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Beach Boys Wild Honey(Sunshine Tomorrow) 2CD Set? on: May 29, 2017, 03:31:16 PM
At this time, Sunshine Tomorrow is currently sitting at #3 in Best Selling Rock Vinyl & CDs list on Amazon, a truly amazing sight to behold. I'm so ecstatic to see the Beach Boys and Wild Honey earning the wider recognition that they both deserve!

It just gets better every day.

And how I love that cover art - who's responsible for this?

I never was too fond of the band name being done in, what is it? Neon light-y? I mean, like it's done on the Made In California cover - for me it is something, erm, semiotic: it marks the transition from the BBs 'art' into 'commerce', so to speak.

Huge improvement from the artwork in TWGMTR and MiC, that's for sure.

What!? You don't like the half ass artwork for the 50th reunion album or that cheesy "yearbook" !!??
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