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1  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the "What are you listening to now?" thread on: Today at 01:56:04 AM
I've been listening to a band led by Vinnie Vincent, whom I discovered was the guitarist with Dan Hartman on his disco hits "Instant Replay" and "This Is It". Quite a character too, as was Dan Hartman. But unlike Hartman, Vincent hasn't always been the easiest person to get on with. He was with KISS for a while (until they fired him). This is "Boyz Are Gonna Rock" from the debut album by the Vinnie Vincent Invasion, who surely qualify as a "hair band": Grin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4orXwHdK2Q

2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Did Al Jardine play on the Surfin USA album? on: September 21, 2017, 12:26:53 PM

Shut Down Volume 2- No more Dave, Al is back full time

I was under the impression that David was, in fact, on a few of the Vol. 2 tunes.  There was some overlap here wasn't there?

You may be right about that. Dave has always said that he played on the first 5 Beach Boys albums. But there's no indication from any source I have that Dave is on the Shut Down 2 album. I wish somebody would set the record straight.

I always thought the Al to Dave to Al transition in the early years was one of the more murky parts of the early BB.

There wouldn't seem to be any more information on David's departure than that recorded in The Lost Beach Boy (p. 98 to end of chapter). Unless more has come to light since then (2007)...
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Threads or Books Recommended for New Members on: September 21, 2017, 07:32:13 AM
As for threads at Smiley, this one on who sings what is fairly indispensable:

http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php/topic,5525.0.html

Not to forget Mr. Desper's study videos: http://swdstudyvideos.com/index.html

Outside of Smiley, there's this: http://www.beachboysarchives.com
4  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: RIP J.P. Donleavy (1926-2017) on: September 21, 2017, 03:47:05 AM
RIP JP

I hope the movie gets made of the Ginger Man at some point. Johnny Depp visited quite a few times as far as I know.

My wife used to visit his house as a kid as she was friends with one of his partners kids. He had his own quarters so was rarely seen.

I've often wondered how they might film The Ginger Man. Actually, what I would prefer to see is a biography of its author. The two (?) autobiographical books give his side of the story and a biography by someone who knew him might complete the picture. 

By all accounts J.P. was a very private man. All the same, to have visited his house is quite something in itself. Wow.   
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / Polls / Re: Discuss Every Beach Boys Song Day By Day on: September 20, 2017, 12:39:55 PM
Today's song is Surf's Up [The SMiLE Sessions Ver.]

My favourite "SU" is still the album-closer, the version I heard first, but this one is breathing heavily down its neck...
                             
6  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / RIP J.P. Donleavy (1926-2017) on: September 20, 2017, 10:43:12 AM
I would never have known if I hadn't been looking for recent celebrity deaths. J.P. (Mike) Donleavy is one of my all-time favourite authors. I read The Ginger Man first of course----many times, in fact----but his other early novels (A Singular Man, The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B and The Onion Eaters) are all fabulous reads in different ways.

And 91 is a grand age to pop off. Rest in peace, Mr D.   

http://www.newsday.com/news/region-state/j-p-donleavy-author-of-the-ginger-man-dies-at-age-91-1.14167485
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Let's compile a 12 track \ on: September 20, 2017, 08:27:07 AM
Just for fun, can we come up with 12 absolute clinkers?

Man, this is difficult. I'm sorry but I can't think of any absolute clinkers. There are lesser tracks----but absolute clinkers? Shocked

Does "Happy Endings" count? LOL
8  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Pet Peeves on: September 19, 2017, 10:56:36 AM
Going to YouTube to listen to a symphony and reading the top comment: "I have to listen to this sh*t for homework".

A minor peeve, perhaps. But still...
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: September 19, 2017, 05:47:42 AM

Thanks, Reggie. Got there in the end, lol.

Love the solo's call and response between acoustic guitar(s) and Duane Eddy-style electric.

Lots going on in there----more listens required. :=)
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: September 19, 2017, 04:23:40 AM
No need to click on a YT vid called "Hear brian wilson's new surf-rock song 'run james run'"----it's bogus.
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / Polls / Re: Discuss Every Beach Boys Song Day By Day on: September 19, 2017, 04:18:45 AM
Today's song is Child is Father of the Man.

Gave this one a five. I missed "Look" (blink and you'll miss it)----that would have been five as well...
12  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the \ on: September 19, 2017, 02:03:29 AM

I like the Foxes but it's never got very much further than that.

Heard some interesting stuff a while back by former Fox Father John Misty...

Right now I'm listening to the Stravinsky piano concerto as posted on my other board by Cool Cool Water, to whom many thanks:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QS7d8fI9hPw
13  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Rap on: September 19, 2017, 01:57:32 AM
After DOOM's brilliant epic album it's "drunk in the club" time again, haha (sorry, Ovi). "10,000 Hours" is most unusual in that it starts very upbeat and bright with some great synth lines but ends in the dark ("welcome to the heist"). I don't think you can say that about many songs...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qT3wLBjq53w   
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: September 18, 2017, 10:41:39 AM
 "This track is not available in your country."Thud
15  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Singing Beach Boy songs will get you ARRESTED on: September 18, 2017, 06:57:07 AM
That's a relief.
16  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Singing Beach Boy songs will get you ARRESTED on: September 18, 2017, 05:36:21 AM
My two-year-old granddaughter likes playing with smartphones. One of the videos on ours is a sneaky one of a quartet from Mike's Beach Boys singing "Their Hearts Were Made Of Spring", taken at a recent concert. Yesterday, she found the vid (for the umpteenth time) and sang along with the first few notes! Do you think she'll be arrested?
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / Polls / Re: Discuss Every Beach Boys Song Day By Day on: September 18, 2017, 02:25:36 AM
My favorite though is the "walk with me henry" version. I really dig the fuzzy bass on that one. It's all wonderful to me 

H'mm. That one's new to me. Is it on YouTube, Mike?

I just scrolled through about 40 different Wonderful videos on youtube and couldn't find it. I have it one of my boots. Brian (at least I think it's Brian) sings "ah-wowm pretty baby wontcha walk with me henry" over the music. And then at one point says "I need a drink of water". And it's got a real cool fuzz bass sound on it, as well as an upright bass, harpsichord, mandolin and jazzy drums which sound like their being played with jazz rake brushes. Real cool stuff!

OK. Thanks for taking the trouble, Mike. It may turn up there some time----I'll keep an eye/ear out for it.
18  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Songs you are obsessing over. on: September 18, 2017, 02:22:06 AM
#9 Dream is probably my all-time favorite solo Lennon tune. Given how it was during a time when, as I mentioned, he was struggling a bit artistically, when I hear it I'm still like "Wow, where did that come from?" (From a weird dream he had, I know, but I mean compared to the other stuff he was recording at the time). It's just so beautiful, the perfect 'dream' song...that chorus is out of this world and sounds like a George Harrison type thing, including the opening slide guitar solo. The only part I kinda don't like is the 'pousse pousse' or whatever word. I know they changed it so it wouldn't sound like the other word, but it still stands out and adds a sort of sexual context to an otherwise innocent sounding song. Oh well, no biggie. Still love it. If you can, listen to the fade out with the volume up, you can briefly hear I 'think' John doing some backup vocals that are drowned out during most of the rest of the song. It just shows how much is really going on.

So '#9 Dream' is the song I'm obsessing over right now.  Grin

"#9 Dream" is one of my favourite John solo efforts ("Woman" is another). It's certainly a song that's difficult to get out of one's brain. I have no trouble with the mock-French chorus and have never thought of it that way. It's just something utterly magical----a language from another planet.

From the sublime to the ridiculous. Right now I'm obsessing about this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCY0aeUx-Ns  
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: AREN'T YOU GLAD You're A Beach Boys fan? on: September 18, 2017, 02:12:38 AM
Yes though I wouldn't say it "improved my quality of life".

Sorry to hear that, RR.

As for me, I came in from the opposite side to HVPtIV. As a boy I'd been bitten by the "classical" bug in '62 and had devoured much 19th and 20th century orchestral music by the time Pet Sounds was released. It was my first pop album (in the wake of dozens of "classical" ones) and I listened to it with "classical" ears. It was one of the most colourful things I'd ever heard.

But to answer the OP's question... yes, oh yes! Being a Beach Boys fan has introduced me, via this and other forums, to BB music I would otherwise never have heard (to say nothing of knowledge of things BB) . But it's not just that----contact with fellow fans has introduced me in turn to music, often by artists I'd never even heard of, that I have come to love. So it's a two-way thing.
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / Polls / Re: Discuss Every Beach Boys Song Day By Day on: September 17, 2017, 12:39:39 PM
My favorite though is the "walk with me henry" version. I really dig the fuzzy bass on that one. It's all wonderful to me 

H'mm. That one's new to me. Is it on YouTube, Mike?
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: My Idol Dennis Wilson on: September 17, 2017, 12:36:49 PM


Found these on pinterest:

1988, San Diego, CA.
Mike, Carl and Al backstage with
Shawn Love (and, presumably, Gage)...
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / Polls / Re: Discuss Every Beach Boys Song Day By Day on: September 17, 2017, 06:49:23 AM
Today's song is Wonderful.

Say no more! Grin

23  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: I Hear A Symphony: A \ on: September 17, 2017, 03:10:02 AM
Gophers football and classical music?

Why not? It was good enough for Charles Ives:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqsX4TnXtNw
24  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Never post drunk on: September 16, 2017, 05:51:36 AM
I almost exclusively post drunk. (I'm neither proud nor ashamed of this fact.)

 LOL

I remember one legendary post of yours when you "finally f*cking unloaded". It should be made compulsory reading. Grin
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / Polls / Re: Discuss Every Beach Boys Song Day By Day on: September 16, 2017, 05:44:04 AM
Today's song is Cabin Essence.

More goshdarn proof of Brian's genius. This must've blown the roof off people's heads when they first heard it at the end of 20/20. It certainly blew the roof off mine.

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