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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Trump fundraiser in Orange County featuring Mike and 'The Beach Boys' on: October 19, 2020, 07:37:23 PM
A lot of TDS on this thread. Whatever you think of him, please remember he is the first President in decades to not start a war. Brokered the middle east peace deal. Remember the guarantees from CNN, MSNBC, and many in the media? The economy will crash, Russian collusion will be proven, minority unemployment will hit all time highs, there will be a war with North Korea, the embassy will not be moved to Jerusalem, the stock market will crash,. How many of these have panned out? Trump donates his salary. But he won't denounce white supremacy right? Oh only dozens of times. Look at all the decrepit democratic run cities....hmmm? When a story comes out about Biden's corruption FB and Twitter ban it. They claim not verified while allowing countless Trump stories to remain up even after being debunked. The fact that this post will probably force this thread to be locked  because it shines a good light on The President after pages of open Trump bashing has been allowed might be something to think about.

A proud supporter of President Trump right there ↑

If you're so proud, share your name on here instead of hiding behind the "joe_blow" nonsense! Be proud of your support of Stormy Daniels' tiny mushroom-shaped-penis-having former lover!
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: September 06, 2020, 11:32:15 AM
The response(s) were basically of the message that they are not the one with the answers, and that there are "more important" things going on, encouraging me to "put this in perspective" with the global pandemic and all.

I presume then that the latest issue of ESQ is wall-to-wall COVID-19 coverage? Because the cover suggests otherwise.

You know, that probably has to qualify as post of the year and I hope FreakySmiley would consider throwing that one back at ESQ.
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Album cover — iTunes release of 2012 Grammys performance? on: September 05, 2020, 07:34:09 PM
Hey Tojo, I think the original poster is saying that there was a Beach Boys Grammy release that was released in 2014 of their performance (and that of Maroon 5 and Foster the People). And that he can't find the cover art for that release. The crazy thing to me is that I have absolutely NO MEMORY of such a release. I every so often look up The Beach Boys on the iTunes store and the like to make sure something hasn't slipped thru the cracks that I should snap up, but apparently I missed this one.
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: September 02, 2020, 11:15:36 AM
"Don't you dare tell me I can't play a show promotng the murdering animals for fun, I will retaliate in ways you can't even imagine" does not seem like a far-fetched scenario to me, but then again that's just my opinion, man.

I assume that has to be a Big Lebowski reference? Ha.
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: August 23, 2020, 09:04:00 PM
If a person bought tickets to the 2012 reunion tour then that person is, arguably, a fan of Mike's Beach Boys concept. 

Hey Jake, your post was a great read, but I do have to ask about this part. Is this your opinion or what you think Mike thinks? Cuz I mean, though these weren't arena shows, I think for the most part they were much bigger deals than Mike's faux-Beach Boys shows. And the reasoning for that, I assume, was that it was pushed as the return of Brian Wilson (and of course Al Jardine and then to a lesser extent David Marks).
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Not sold on MIU yet.... on: August 21, 2020, 06:35:40 AM
Hot take: I actually *like* the lyrics 😎

Totally straight up though? Not with a hint of irony?
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: August 11, 2020, 09:05:54 PM
Guys and gals, I have to admit I've resigned myself to the fact that we aren't getting Feel Flows. Now while I'm bummed, I'm not desperately sad like I would've been if BWPS or The SMiLE Sessions or the like had been scrapped. I'm just accepting it though. I'm glad we've gotten so much vault material these last few years and I always had a sneaking suspicion something would get screwed up and here it is.

The fact that a guy intimately involved with the set came on here to basically rally the troops and inform of us this being in limbo, that probably means things don't look very good. Maybe I'm wrong, but I think Mr. Edelson may be putting his butt on the line in a way as far as working with The Beach Boys (or possibly other groups who are paying attention) to tell us this. And I don't think he woulda done this is if things didn't look so bleak. If there was a minor issue that looked like it would be fixable within a bit, I personally don't think he woulda made mention on our board here. So while I'm not saying to give up, I think things are worse on this front than I originally did, having time to process the info.

I agree with those of you are trying to make things happen, and indeed I both signed the petition and have posted positive comments on Mike Love's Facebook page about getting this thing out there. But beyond that, I'm just not sure what we can do. So as I basically said earlier, I'm resigning myself to the fact that we ain't seeing this thing.
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: July 30, 2020, 01:56:35 PM
I know this sounds loony, but what if Mike is holding this thing up because he wants to put "Big Sur" on his next solo album? Perhaps he doesn't want this out there at the moment so people could compare and contrast, as it's likely that the 1970 (right?) version would probably be of much higher quality.

Also, I do agree with hitting up Mike's Facebook nicely asking him if we could hear the set soon. I also suggest speaking Mike's language. That means that we should be peppering our posts with "fun, fun, fun" and "good vibrations" and whatnot. Obviously, I'm kidding, but I don't think it hurts. Lastly I think the worst thing is for people to attack him. I'm not sure what we are doing will make a difference either way, but I think being decent is always the better way.

Lastly, if we don't get the set believe it or not I understand. It is their music, and if the band themselves don't agree to release it, then we don't get to have it. As much as that stinks, I understand it. It's their art. Hopefully it all comes together though, because the few things we've heard about the set seem tantalizing.
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The song that influenced Daddy Dear on: July 20, 2020, 08:33:43 PM
Interesting post Josh. Much appreciated.

Now I hate to be that guy, and I think its been like 14 years since that piano clip leaked, Is it actually Brian on piano? Or is it Al? Did we ever find proof one way or the other?
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Bruce Johnston on virus quarantine, 60th Anniversary rumors and lots more on: June 22, 2020, 07:16:40 PM
Back to the music...

Did anybody notice that when talking about Mike's recording adventures as of late, Bruce pretty much said that he thinks Mike's albums worth of material  from early in the aughts was the one worthy of being released? Seems like he hears the same thing that a lot of us have. It's pretty plain that most of the recordings from that era were stronger than most of Unleash the Love and 12 Sides of Summer. At least Mike still used the same "Cool Head, Warm Heart" on Unleash the Love.
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Orange Crate Art 25 and other tidbits on: June 20, 2020, 07:46:46 AM

Hey so I logged on here thinking there'd be some discussion of the reissue of Orange Crate Art. Guess not though.,27102.0.html

I dig you posting that. But I meant post release discussion. My bad.
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Orange Crate Art 25 and other tidbits on: June 19, 2020, 11:12:19 PM
Hey so I logged on here thinking there'd be some discussion of the reissue of Orange Crate Art. Guess not though.

Well anyways, I listened to the title track and I think the remaster sounds nice, though I thought the original was just fine. I also listened to all three bonus vocal tracks and I'm glad to add all three to my collection. I think that having "Rhapsody In Blue" and "Love Is Here To Stay" from this era is cool. The arrangement on "Love Is Here To Stay" was a bit surprising for me I must say.

Here's the thing though, I thought there were a few interesting Brian tidbits from his essay in the booklet. First off, he says that they "talked about doing a tour to play the album but they never did." Who knows if it got anywhere beyond one of them bringing it up, but I thought that was neat.

But then in the same paragraph he mentions that he was "making the record with Andy Paley by then so I was getting pretty busy. I'd love to get back to those songs eventually, too." (emphasis mine, not italicized nor bolded in booklet)

That part piqued my interest. I wonder if maybe the Paley session material may be in the pipeline. Personally I think that if it was gonna be marketed as a new project, Brian should probably re-record most of the vocals, as I think he could do better on a bunch of them, at least on the ballads. But yeah, maybe we get a BW archive release? Or maybe seeing as there is another anniversary for The Beach Boys next year (or 2022), perhaps use the Paley material for what seemed to be it's original purpose, a new Beach Boys album. I mean who knows about any of this, it mighta just been a throw away line in the essay. I guess we'll see.
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love Planning New Vocal Album on: May 28, 2020, 06:13:55 PM
Absolutely nobody on here needs my opinion, but whatever, I wanna throw my thoughts in.

First off, where is this horrendous autotune people are talking about on No Pier Pressure? I don't really hear it. Maybe I'm deaf. However, I also have to point out that I think a lot of Beach Boys fans (on both sides of Brian and Mike fandom) are much, much too obsessed with autotune or something that appears to be pitch correction. Off the top of my head, the only times I hear what my be termed "outrageous use of autotune"  I can think of on Beach Boys (or solo) albums is on TWGMTR ("Spring Vacation" for the most part), Unleash the Love (especially disc 2) and Twelve Sides of Summer. Oh, and the 50th tour live album of course. Besides those, I just don't hear it as this horrible thing that makes the music unlistenable. And on "Spring Vacation" it kinda makes me smile for whatever reason. Maybe even enhances the song, makes it even goofier. Perhaps if it was a real serious, epic track I wouldn't feel the same though.

Secondly, I'm kinda with Nate on wishing the guys would put more out. It's a shame Bruce hasn't been able to stop complaining about the ills of socialism enough to release as much as a new song in nearly two decades. He teased something new from around the late 1980s through the first decade of the 2000s. And barely anything was released. Not that I believe that he has much of anything to release. I just don't think working on new music or recording interests him anymore unfortunately. Al is Al, and unfortunately he's probably working on a re-work of "Waves of Love" as we speak that might be released in 2030. And Mike, hey, I dig the fact that dude is trying a bit. I'm not saying the music he's putting out is good, but I'm glad that he's had the balls to go in the studio and put it out. It kinda seemed like he lost his nerve studio-wise after the embarrassment that was Summer In Paradise. And lastly, solo career wise, Brian's given us a lot. If he puts out another new one, then awesome. I'll be right there listening. If not, he's given us so much, and also has a lot of solo material in the vault (Paley sessions,  Usher sessions [though the quality of what we've heard varies] and probably some other good stuff from throughout his solo career). Shoot, even next month we are getting three previously unreleased Brian/VDP recordings.

Lastly, and this is a bit of nitpicking, but I noticed Nate called the tunes on disc two of Mike's UTL album "Love-Wilson" tunes. Hmm. I've never really heard them referred to that way very often. Except from Mike-centric sources. Still odd though. It's pretty much always been referred to as the "Wilson-Love" songwriting team so it took me aback.
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Don't Run Away on: May 22, 2020, 10:01:42 PM

On M&M label from Japan if my memory serves me correctly.

O no, actually I know what you're speaking of, and that's Rare Masters which was issued in Japan on M&M as you said.

The album I'm talking about, The Best of Bruce & Terry, is from Sundazed and released in 1998.
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Don't Run Away on: May 22, 2020, 08:55:12 PM
This is a wonderful song by Bruce & Terry and I've always wanted to know more about the track - it was apparently recorded 2/15/1966, the same day as That's Not Me (before or after? Bruce and Terry were both at that BB session). But what studio was it recorded at? What musicians play on the track? If anyone in the know could help me out, that would be great.

It's an unbelievably great song. I'd go as far as to say it's one of my very favorite Beach Boys related songs of that entire decade. I think it's in the neighborhood of please let me wonder and approaching pet sounds awesomeness, which is quite a statement to make, considering I've never heard anything else that Bruce put out which has anywhere near that same magic.

Disney Girls is quite good but nowhere near as good as this, in my humble opinion. That said, it's certainly very derivative of Brian Wilson songwriting, but I suppose that's to be expected. It's shocking to me that this has never been properly released in any type of remastered form.

It's very interesting to me, because this song came out in 1966, after Bruce was already in the Beach Boys. I don't know what the politics would have been with regards to that, and I've never heard it discussed. Brian Wilson of course had the Caroline No solo single released around this time, I wonder if this had anything to do with it. Not that it is a Bruce solo single, but I guess other than Caroline No, I think it's the earliest example of an actual band member of the Beach Boys stretching their wings to put out music released under their personal name while in the band.

I asked Bruce about the song in person in 2012, but it was a very fleeting conversation. Mainly I just wanted to see his reaction when I mentioned the song. He acknowledged it briefly but didn't seem to have much of a reaction. I just wanted him to know that it's a remarkably underrated song that he should pay more attention to himself.

I wonder what Bruce and what Terry contributed to the song, and also what part Mike is audibly singing. Without a proper remaster, it's hard to hear it clear enough to really make everything out as well as I'd like.

I've heard a poor quality instrumental version of the backing track, if memory serves it was on the Preuss tape boot.

I don't know about where or when it has been remastered, but it is on the album The Best of Bruce & Terry from 1998.
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Animated cartoon BBs in Happy Endings music video (RIP Little Richard) on: May 09, 2020, 01:51:52 PM
RIP to the great little Richard, whose influence in rock music is immeasurable.

Naturally as a Beach Boys nerd, I thought about "Happy Endings" upon his passing. And then it dawned on me that there's never really been much of any discussion with regards to the weird music video for this song.

People were excited to see rough draft sketches of a proposed BBs cartoon in the early 70s, with Carl eating a bunch of ice cream scoops… But nobody ever seems to talk about the only actual BBs cartoon music video that actually *was* released, with animated Beach Boys sitting in a goldfish bowl beside a bottle of goldfish food, and a cartoon Mike loves sitting on a lilly pad, singing about Easter bunny, as an animated bunny hopped into his lap.

This is batshit crazy stuff.

Does anybody know more information about this music video? Did it actually air on MTV or VH1, or was it scrapped? I think the movie "The Telephone" barely got released. I have not seen it, has anybody on this board seen the film? This film must be the biggest trainwreck in Whoopi Goldberg's career other than the dinosaur buddy cop classic Theodore Rex.

One interesting thing about that movie is that was co-written and produced by one Harry Nilsson. I wonder if the appearance of The Beach Boys (and possibly Little Richard as well) on the soundtrack was a result of Harry being so heavily involved in the project.
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New Mike Love single on: May 02, 2020, 02:07:12 PM
Tony Asher has said before (the liner notes of the Pet Sounds Sessions box set) that when he and Brian were writing together, the general tone of the song’s theme was largely his, and Tony would put it into words. I suspect it worked in a similar fashion with Mike. I still think that Mike was capable of writing a good lyric on his own, like ‘Big Sur’ for example. When Endless Summer came along and changed the direction of the group for good, I think Mike wanted to attempt to write lyrics that were of a piece with their early output, as in songs like ‘Kona Coast’, which essentially cannibalizes ‘Hawaii’. That’s where he started to go wrong, since often he wasn’t writing closely with Brian as once before. Or, you know, I could be way off.

I get what you're saying Summer_Days, and I definitely think Mike's lyrics were more often that not getting worse as the '70s went on and into the present day. But I have to say, even something like "Kona Coast" (derivative as it was) or "Getcha Back" had a degree of professionalism to them. They sounded like a guy who had written some good, sturdy songs before. When I heard this new one or something like "Unleash the Love" it's jaw-dropping in how much it sounds like somebody's 50 year old uncle in 1993 writing "original" material for his bar band to record in a special weekend booking at a recording studio. And maybe even that is giving Mike too much credit.
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New Mike Love single on: May 02, 2020, 01:44:51 PM
Here's my take. I think the song is sh*t. I guess I'd say the only positive is that he's making the most of his voice with this kinda growly lead. He, like Brian and McCartney and Dylan and others doesn't have the voice he used to, but is making it work.

However, the lyrics....

I don't even know. For a while I've been searching for what it is about Mike's lyrics post-"Kokomo" and I couldn't figure out what it was. And I think it was yesterday after hearing this song that it finally hit me. Mike's lyrics are just very, very amateur. When I listento a lot of the stuff he has released from the '90s on, I just think of how a lot of those sound like if a fifth grader was tasked with an assignment in music class to make a song about achieving world peace ("Unleash the Love", "Make Love, Not War"), or environmentalism ("Summer In Paradise") or a historical figure from the '60s ("Pisces Brothers"). It's crazy, he knew George Harrison (though I don't think they were really friends), but the song reads as if all he knew of George was what he read on Wikipedia.

I really don't want to go there, but a "viral Super Bowl" is just mindblowingly bad. And you know what? Even though he's around 80, I think it's possible that Mike hasn't "lost it" as it concerns his writing abilities. I just really think his figurative "writing muscle" hasn't been worked out for so very long in a serious way, that when he tries something new you get slop like this. Perhaps its that most talented big players in the industry rightly or wrongly won't work with him, so he's stuck with what maybe would be a very rough first draft type lyric. Or maybe I'm wrong and that after, say 1974 (or maybe 1988) he just lost his mojo for writing either commercially or artistically pleasing lyrics.

Basically the real point of all this to me is that despite being the Beach Boy who has always been touted for his "professionalism" it's Brian and Al who put out the music that sounds like it was done by a professional, with Mike putting out stuff that sounds it was barfed out in an hour on GarageBand.

Why is anyone surprised this is the biggest pile of stinky $#it ever released, it's Mike Love. It's all he's capable of doing. Brian was, and is, the genius of the Beach Boys. I don't doubt he is using this time off to work on a freaking masterpiece that is going to blow us all away, and remind the world once again that Brian Wilson is a f****ing genius!

Cute. You're sticking up for Mike. I get it. And of course, we gotta stick it to Brian who is what, 77 years old? How dare he not be preparing new material to blow all our socks off! I love when my favorite artists put out new material, and I'm not one who thinks any of the guys will ruin the "legacy" by putting out garbage like this. However, it makes me embarrassed for them when people read articles on Mike and listen to stuff like this. In the big scheme of things is any of this important? No. And is the money going to a good cause? Yep, so that's great.
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: NEW SONG BY BRIAN? on: April 25, 2020, 08:27:00 PM
I will say, I really dig Carl's "Where I Belong." And while I definitely would be interested in Brian doing a version of it, I hope it's a BW original.

Also, I think if you took the '80s out of the song, I'm not sure it would stand up as wonderfully. That song, along with "It's Gettin' Late" are two Beach Boys songs that benefit from being recorded in the mid '80s.
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: NEW SONG BY BRIAN? on: April 25, 2020, 11:28:10 AM
Hilarious that Linda Perry is used in the doc as a talking head.

Perhaps she'll be able to tell us A-WHAT'S GOING ON!

Regardless though, happy to see that maybe there's a new Brian written song on its way. Though the title once again sounds like it might be one of Carl's that we already know.
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Two cabin-fever induced musical what-ifs... on: April 19, 2020, 10:10:31 PM
Hey aeijtzsche, I wasn't asked to pay for a thing.

Now about your experiment...

"Wouldn't It Be Nice" done Love You style was actually kinda eye opening to me. So thank you for that. I also kinda like when artists revisit songs done in the style of the current album. I think that's why the studio recorded Lei'd In Hawaii material interests me. It's the older Beach Boys classics done Smiley Smile style (obviously) and I dig it. Just like I like Dylan doing "Girl from the North Country" Nashville Skyline style long after releasing Freewheelin'.

"Kokomo" was a harder sell though. I don't think it's any fault of your own, but that one was tougher to try to meld it into a lightly folky early '70s pop song.
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Marcella on: April 09, 2020, 10:29:27 PM
So, from that 3-year old thread, we get this range of opinions on the falsetto "Marcella, hey" part in the tag:

ForHerCryingSoul agrees with Salty that it's Carl
Jim V. thinks it's Ricky
Jay says Ricky sang it live (EDIT: could it be he took over that part after Blondie left, i.e. the '74 performances?)
Billy C remembers Jack saying it was Brian

Funny that I thought it was Ricky then. Don't remember writing that post. Anyways, anybody working on somehow finding out the truth of this matter (if that's even possible)?
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Marcella on: April 06, 2020, 04:53:52 PM
I'm not being sarcastic, but honestly I thought maybe that "Marcella, hey" part was Ricky.

Now hear me out. It sounds a bit like the guy who sang part of "Here She Comes" and "Barnyard Blues" but maybe I'm wrong.
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: March 07, 2020, 10:13:21 AM
My feeling is that the surviving BBs are a lot less interested in what goes on these releases than we are.

Of course. I'd say nearly for sure. And I'd say the same for perhaps Bob Dylan and his Bootleg Series. Of all the major artists involved with their archival projects, I'd probably say maybe Pete Townshend is one of the few that would be super hands on. And maybe Mick Jagger with the Stones (at least Exile and Some Girls) as he actually went in and finished previously unfinished stuff for those projects re-issues.
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: February 20, 2020, 02:55:47 PM
Regarding all of the purported Dennis/Christine McVie recordings, I'm curious: A) How they've never surfaced for the most part, even though some pretty obscure stuff ("Cocaine/Hamburger Tape", etc.) has surfaced. and B) How substantive/finished the material is. How much is noodling/vamping, how much is backing tracks or just piano tracks with no melody/vocals, and what might be in even a somewhat "finished" state.

Also, C) Do they *really* exist, like multiple studio reels of completely unheard collaborations between the two?

The Dennis/Christine material to me, is something I'm filing under "amazing if true" but the thing is what could really be there? As a variation of what the poster above says, is there anything beyond noodling around? And if so, if they were cutting actual songs, were the actually finished. I assume whatever it is, it's not bells and whistles. So at best, hopefully some piano pieces with a decent vocal. And I don't see any duets. Is Dennis early '80s voice and Christine's voice even compatible? It'd be interesting to see what's up with all this.
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