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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Cease To Exists Question on: May 12, 2019, 11:32:49 AM
Manson may have been whatever Manson was (criminal, cult leader, murderer, patsy?) 
I think he also was a reasonably talented busker who came up with some good songs (Cease To Exist being one of them).
I can appreciate that while not necessarily appreciating the rest of what he was involved in. 
Just as I can still appreciate Phil Spectors productions, and Jim Gordon's musicianship, etc.
Even Lucifer played a kickass fiddle.   Violin

2  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Entertainment Thread / Re: Favorite Comic book movies on: March 04, 2018, 12:35:41 PM
Comics I used to buy back in the day (some of my favorites anyway, but there were many):

Batman
Spider-Man
Fantastic Four
Plastic Man
Green Lantern/Green Arrow
Captain America
The Invaders
Justice League (Of America)
Avengers
Iron Man


3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: “Do It Again” remake named one of the worst songs of the year by Stereogum on: December 31, 2017, 11:51:27 AM
This is not meant as ML bashing, but who would seriously want to listen to this? 
It's pandering pablum that does nothing, says nothing and means even less. 
What if ML had done a solo project where he covered some old r&b stuff he loves?  Maybe wrote/cowrote some things in that vein,
or just simply did something unexpected, creative, genuine and real?  Would it really sell less than this (probably) did?  It might have garnered (at least some) critical favor
 and possibly sold as well if not better.   It might actually have been "good" and something I and a lot of other people would want to put on and listen to. 
Maybe this sounds harsh, sorry to any who feel wounded by it, but it's how I feel. 

4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New Beach Boys Podcast! on: December 03, 2017, 10:22:24 AM
I've enjoyed the episodes thus far and look forward to more.  It's great to finally have a Beach Boys podcast out there!   Thumbs Up

5  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Christmas albums that are also really good music on: November 21, 2017, 12:47:46 PM
Vince Gueraldi - A Charlie Brown Christmas  Smiley
6  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Rock and Rock Hall of Fame - 2018 Ballot on: October 10, 2017, 01:35:51 PM
My opinion of Wenner and the HOF is that he/it is an elitist pile o' crud, but if there's gonna be a HOF it's about time the Moodies were in there!  The Monkees (and I'd say Nesmith on his own as well), Zombies absolutely, and can I get some love for Jethro Tull?   Watch any number of live clips of Anderson and Tull (not to mention the many fine albums) and tell me they did not rock .  You can't, because they did!   Rock!
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: CALLING ALL CREATIVE MEMBERS ON SMILEY SMILE! Let's write some lyrics! on: September 18, 2016, 04:39:04 PM
Legit or not, i love em.  Smiley
 I'm imagining a killer Beach Boys homage/parody, sleigh bells and whistles full on production.
the surfin' boys meet the psychedelicate beach. 

If Mike had written the words for Smile.....


I've been having fun fun fun
So long that back in the city
I've been helpin Rhonda
For don't worry Baby

Yep. That would have been pretty fucking dreadful

Not bad as parody though, made me chuckle a bit Wink

But really, would Mike have written nothing but inanely goofy, self referential lyrics? 
I realize that, yes, he tends to do that these days, but back in '66 I don't think so.
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: CALLING ALL CREATIVE MEMBERS ON SMILEY SMILE! Let's write some lyrics! on: September 18, 2016, 04:09:08 PM
Legit or not, i love em.  Smiley
 I'm imagining a killer Beach Boys homage/parody, sleigh bells and whistles full on production.
the surfin' boys meet the psychedelicate beach. 

If Mike had written the words for Smile.....
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike's Book Discussion Thread (and how it relates to the SS board) on: September 18, 2016, 08:41:12 AM
A few thoughts on the audio version, which I recently acquired:

The delivery of his reading isn't all that great overall, he often sounds unsure about what he's reading, he stumbles quite a bit in parts like he doesn't know the material, and that voice - it's like he's thinking, "Yeah, listen to my sexy, mellifluous voice!"
There are points in the book where he is mostly just quoting from other sources - I found some of that a little annoying.
Some of his memories about events through the band's history are pretty interesting, feel less apocryphal and more genuine, and I appreciate that aspect a lot. 

and just a warning:  do not fall asleep while listening to this.  Seriously, falling asleep while listening to this is....just a bad idea, don't do it!  (more than that I cannot say)
10  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Campaign 2016 on: July 27, 2016, 10:10:18 AM
Two words:  JILL STEIN.



11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Pet Sounds played by The Beach Boys on: March 11, 2016, 03:01:21 PM
I would concur with Debbie that to achieve the sounds Brian wanted, some additional musicians were needed.  However, this would not have precluded Carl, Al, Dennis and Bruce playing their usual instruments (as Carl did on many tracks anyway).   It may have taken a bit more time to get the album done that way though, as (one might assume, and potentially erroneously) far more takes would have been required to get a solid take Brian liked. 
12  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Groups / Artists You're Ashamed to Have Like on: March 07, 2016, 04:12:27 AM
I wouldn't necessarily say I'm "ashamed", but I liked the Cutting Crew album Broadcast in '86 and Play Deep by The Outfield in '85.    Smiley
Oh, and also really liked the Naked Eyes album from '83 - synth pop guilty pleasure.   Cheesy
13  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Summer of Trump on: March 02, 2016, 04:06:45 PM
The only candidate with the initials B.S., is also, ironically, the only one of them who isn't actually full of bullsh*t.   

I ain't lookin' fer a fight, so don't come callin' with one - but Bernie's the one for me. 
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys \ on: March 02, 2016, 04:04:41 PM
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15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: A Question For AGD on: February 19, 2016, 01:07:10 PM
I was in California till '85.  Only Smile (related) music I heard was the (at that time) officially released stuff.  It amazes me to recall the many years this music was, by and large, only in my imagination (aided by various journalists/participants descriptions).  I swear, that's when Smile REALLY obsessed me. 
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: You are about to become involved with charity...via Van Dyke Parks on: February 03, 2016, 04:53:45 PM
I say to Mike Love: Show the world that wonderful cranium!  Do it for charity, do it for world peace, do it for Love  Wink
It's okay to be bald.   
You have very nice cutlery btw.
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: If the Beach Boys were dogs... on: January 30, 2016, 08:18:53 AM
Years ago, I contacted the artist of that painting, George Chastain, and he was very nice in replying.  He remembered the painting, which he had been commissioned to do for the book (along with a bunch of other artists), "The Beach Boys" that came out in the late '70's.   He had since sold the painting, which he stated he regretted, and that initially it was one of the band themselves who wished to purchase it, he recalled it being either Carl or maybe Bruce.     Ultimately it was sold to someone else.   I cannot find this email exchange I had with him on my computer, but it was within the last 5 to 7 years.  He is still with us, I believe and may be open to contact and questions. 
A quick search brought the following links: 
http://www.askart.com/artist/George_Chastain/121920/George_Chastain.aspx

https://www.linkedin.com/in/george-chastain-b2397a3

http://myweb.wvnet.edu/e-gor/portfolio/paintings/
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Greatest American Rock Band of All Time? on: January 22, 2016, 09:15:59 AM
They Might Be Giants!!
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Greatest American Rock Band of All Time? on: January 21, 2016, 06:43:47 PM
These types of polls ought to be done by decade, especially as we get further from the outset of rock/pop music.    There's too many good ones deserving of acknowledgement who get left out.   The Cars were mentioned, and my lord, I remember when that first album came out - I thought, "They're like the f***ing Beatles!"  Every song seemed to be a hit and they wrote great pop songs.   I was over zealous as a kid perhaps, they're not the Beatles, but they were important and inspirational in their time.   Van Halen?  There you have the Beatles of hard rock - how many hits did they have?  I dunno, lots, right?  Again, pop music, gussied down toward head bangin' territory; important and highly inspirational.   And love him or not, no one out Rothed the David Lee.  Wink
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: NME Beach Boys Quiz on: January 16, 2016, 06:37:52 AM
9/10

blew it on the last question  Tongue
21  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Celebrating David Bowie - what are your favorite songs? on: January 15, 2016, 12:51:54 PM
Beside all his best known songs, which I like as well, there's:

The Bewlay Brothers
his cover of Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere

and his new/final album Black Star has made a big impression,
not simply because of the circumstances surrounding it (though it plays a role)
but because I find it awesome.  
There ought to be a thread dedicated to the best final albums by artists who knew that
they were making their last album.

Interesting (to me anyway) that he was born in '47 and Black Star was his 47th album,
and that his career really began to take off in '69 and he died at the age of 69....  
You'll be missed Mr. Jones.
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Alternate universe: Mike chooses Scientology over TM in 1968 on: January 08, 2016, 02:26:46 PM
For all I have gleaned about Scientology over the years, even recently saw a well done documentary called, "Going Clear", I still am not really certain what they are literally all about - other than creepy, scary, power/money madness w/celebrity spokespeople.    police
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Could Endless Summer have been a hit with new material? on: January 08, 2016, 06:34:42 AM
A somewhat off topic memory: I was 11 when I bought Endless Summer on cassette (it was the first music purchase I ever made) and I had no idea that it was a GH thing.  I just thought it was a "regular" album of theirs.  The vast disparity of production values between, say, Surfin' Safari and California Girls, didn't seem to register with me, and I just took it at face value.  I remember thinking, "Wow, this album is great!  Every song is like a hit!"   LOL   
I was a bit slow.  Probably still am.   Razz
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Your SMiLE mix...for the fun of it on: January 07, 2016, 10:20:31 AM
Just a thought:  I don't think water need follow fire, as the fire is put out in the fire song itself.  That final "boom boom boom" of the drum, representing the collapsing walls or whatever, that's the fire being put out.  On the session tapes you even hear Brian instructing the drummer to "put that fire out" on that last bit.   
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Rocky Pamplin book about The Beach Boys? on: December 28, 2015, 11:12:32 AM
I'm by no means a member of the "Grammar police" police  I make mistakes/errors in that dept often enough myself.  I don't mind being corrected though, so long as the corrector isn't a snotty jerk about it and I encourage others to receive such corrections with humility as well (that's humility, not humiliation) because it is important.  The world is "dumbed down" enough as it is (particularly, it seems, the USA), and I say it'd be a shame to let it go completely. 
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