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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Blondie Facebook Q&A on: September 11, 2017, 06:58:55 PM
Here's the transcript from a recent Blondie Q&A he did on his Facebook page.

Q: "Where did the name Blondie come from?"

BC: "Name is a nick name of a footballer at the time, Blondie Campbell,I reminded people of him, same football style."

Q: "Have you written material for a new solo album?"

BC: "Solo album
is written, just need to find time to do."

Q: "How bout your Art?
Any new drawings?"

BC: "Art will be launched sometime in September."

Q: "Are you ever going to officially release Fragile Thread? I've had a copy for years and it's amazing."

BC: "Next year is Fragile time."

Q: "Any chance of performing "Leaving This Town" with Brian and Al???"

BC: "leaving this town...may be too long to perform in the set.

Q: "Did you keep in touch with Carl Wilson over the years after you left The Beach Boys?"

BC: "I did not keep in touch with any of those guys until a friend put me in touch with Carl and I started reluctantly to keep in touch. A lot of skeletons."

Q: "Where can I find a recording of 52 Letters?"

BC: "Next year when Fragile Thread gets officially released."

Q: "What's your fave song to perform live?"

BC: "feel flows and wild honey"

Q: "How did you learn to play guitar like that?"

BC: "Don't know, I started at 12, I'm 66 now, maybe I just got used to being one with it."

Q: "What contemporary artist would you like to work?"

BC: "Jack White. Maybe the Flames will do something new now and call it contemporary,ha, but there are so many whoever likes to groove, you know African Roots, and melodic."

Q: "Will there be a Flame reunion in the future Blondie?"

BC: "There will be,it depends on timing as we are all working, I will say yes."

Q: "Any truth to the rumors of an unreleased follow-up to the Flame album on Brother Records?"

BC: "If we can get Brother Records to get off the dime."

Q: "Can you give us a music recommendation? Like a favorite album or artist that we might not have heard of? Thanks!"

BC: "Ronnie Madonsella"

Q: "Hi Blondie, is a live album planned?"

BC: "No live album planned."

Q: "What's been your best memory so far from the Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour?"

BC: "I loved playing at the Montreux festival."

Q: "Hey Blondie, what was the first song you ever wrote?"

BC: "See The Light, 1st song I wrote."

Q: "Hi Blondie, where are your favorite places in the world to play?"

BC: "Always good to play in New York."

Q: "What year is the Les Paul you play?"

BC: "1968 Les Paul

Q: "Do you have a personal favorite memory of when you were a Beach Boy? You rock man!"

BC: "Doing the original track of Sailor with Carl and Ricky in Brian's house. Carl on Rhodes, I'm on Fender Precision and Ricky on Ludwig or Rodgers. Thank you."

Thanks! Blondie Chaplin

damn..I wish I would've known about this. I would have loved to ask him about his time with Rick Danko/Paul Butterfield.
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: February 20, 2017, 01:40:39 PM
same as "Child Of Winter" as well.
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Favorite Version of \ on: February 12, 2017, 06:15:26 PM
Dennis' vocal version on Made In California
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Keepin' The Summer Alive on: January 27, 2017, 08:39:28 PM
COMMENT:   As you may recall, I was the chief engineer on this album. Following are some details, from the engineer’s perspective, that may be of interest.

Bruce Johnston was selected by the group to produce this album. Bruce called me and ask if I would engineer this time. It had been many years since Brian’s house studio in BelAir was closed.

I’m sure as a favor and recognition for his contribution to their music, everyone agreed to do the entire album at Rumbo Studios, designed and owned by Daryl Dragon. There were three large studios in the complex, plus a luxurious lounge and food bar decorated in a nautical theme – even portholes to look out. It was a first-class facility.

The Beach Boys booked the entire studio complex for two months. Lock out.

All the studios had English made Neve boards. These were (electrical linear circuit) Class A consoles and highly rated. All tape machines were Swiss made by Studer. The studios were acoustically easy to work in and beautifully finished.

I chose one studio for the standard control room, in which all songs were mixed down. The other studios were used for variation, and from time to time, my second would engineer add-one-instrument session in another studio while others were working in the standard studio. But for the most part, most everything was recorded in the standard, or main control room, because of the recording equipment.  

This was to be the most complex analog recording the boys ever did. Two monster Studer 24 track (2”) tape machines dominated one wall behind the console. The two machines were tied together (master and slave) to provide 46 tracks of analog audio. One, non-audio track (Track 9) on each machine was dedicated to “synchronization” that kept the two machines in absolute running sync. In practice it took about 15 seconds from the time you pushed the start button until the two machines were in sync. The fully analog console had 96 I/O modules (sliders) that were able to remember position and move to it. An excellent sounding console that was automated in the analog realm.

Far-field monitors were JBL. Near-field monitors were Yamaha.

Bruce as producer was there every day – and quite organized with a daily production agenda. Even though they had only two months, this was not to become much of a group effort, as a group. Rather, each day one Beach Boy would visit and do some recording that Bruce had conceived, or they would work on something together. Most of the time it was Bruce interacting with only one Beach Boy. Carl was there about 70% of the time and Alan 40% and Michael 10%.  Dennis popped in one time, but only listened. If I remember correctly, Brian also visited once along with Marilyn.

Outside musicians were used for many of the sounds on this album. Obviously, lots of stacking was done for vocal sound – good thing we had all those tracks.

My personal feeling about the album is that technology dictated too much of the production value. I call it “the multi-track dichotomy.” That is, the desire to fill every available track. Too much production – some would say, over produced. Having engineered for them in both situations, I know they work better as a team with fewer tracks. But at the time the team seemed fractured due to private life schedules, living in different cities, personal feelings. Of the few days two or more boys were there at the same time, they recorded in separate studios.

So I think this is reflected in the finish product, although Carl manages to give us some wonderful leads.

I have never liked any of the masterings I’ve heard for this album. Some day I’ll re-master it as a study-video, and bring out what is missing for . . .

Good Listening,
 ~Stephen W. Desper



Mr Desper, you say the members of the band come in sporadically and recorded separately. Was this also done when recording the harmonies, and, if this was the case, how could they record the harmonies separately?

I've seen video of them recording the vocals for Goin On many times... As a group.
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / The Beach Boys Media / Re: The Official BB You Tube Thread on: August 19, 2016, 11:52:59 AM
there was a video up on youtube that I LOVED, and haven't been able to find it for years. let me describe from my foggy memory:

Documentary... French I believe.
Love You sessions

one thing I remember specifically is Dennis and his wife (girlfriend) in a car being interviewed... Dennis basically saying that the fighting sucks.

does anyone have any idea about this? if so, any idea where to find?
I remember that. I think those clips were from rehearsal s for the 1977 tour. There was also an interview with Mike. I have no idea what the program was called. There was narration in French.

whatever it was, it was awesome. I wish I could find it.
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / The Beach Boys Media / Re: The Official BB You Tube Thread on: August 18, 2016, 07:52:14 PM
there was a video up on youtube that I LOVED, and haven't been able to find it for years. let me describe from my foggy memory:

Documentary... French I believe.
Love You sessions

one thing I remember specifically is Dennis and his wife (girlfriend) in a car being interviewed... Dennis basically saying that the fighting sucks.

does anyone have any idea about this? if so, any idea where to find?
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Unpopular Beach Boys opinions on: July 12, 2016, 08:24:50 AM
I'm game!!

1)  the "slice of life" songs generally bore me

2)  I can only take so much of Brian's "Sunflower" era falsetto...it starts to sound a bit whiney to me. Not his fault, obviously, as his voice got deeper..but just a preference. By the end of "Where Is She?" I'm a bit over it.

3) The older I get, the more into the EARLY songs I'm getting. I know, typically, it's the other way around. BUT..there are still some older songs I'm not fond of:

4)  Our Car Club, Be True To Your School, Amusement Parks USA, Barbara Ann... I skipem

5) "It's Over Now"..I can't get passed Carl's voice. I know it's the speed of the song, but it's still not pleasant to listen to.

6)  I'm not a fan of brass instrument solos in songs (except for Feel Flows, for some reason). It's cheesy or annoying. Even at the end of WIBNTLA

8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Beach Boys - 50 years in 50 clips Pt 2 1972-1981 on: August 26, 2014, 05:12:40 PM
thanks!

you know what used to be on youtube that I cannot find anymore? news footage from France I believe on the making of Love You. I remember one scene with Dennis and his wife in a car talking about band drama. it was great, but I haven't seen it in years.
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 'til i die performed live on: August 25, 2014, 11:43:55 PM

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I saw David Byrne and St. Vincent last summer and they were playing mostly the same setlist for the entire show but for the show I went to, Byrne introduced a song they had never played live before.  We were all expecting just another cut from their collaborative album but they went into "Wild Wild Life" and the room went crazy.  In an homage to a scene in the film True Stories in which the song was featured, different members of the band rotated to sing a line of the song and they all just looked like they were having a blast.  Certainly not an obscure song, in fact one of the biggest hits Talking Heads had but Byrne had never played it live ever and on a tour where only three Talking Heads songs had been played, nobody was expecting it.  It was an awesome moment, probably one of my favorite concert experiences ever.
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seriously, that would've been amazing to see. as a huge Talking Heads fan that would be just awesome. they had stopped touring before True Lies, right?
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 'til i die performed live on: August 25, 2014, 12:08:24 PM
I was at that show.. goosebumps indeed.

I thought the sound was off when I was there, but now I notice Brian just forgot to sing the first verse. I wish it was played at the 50th shows as first time played. It's special when a reformed band breaks out a never played before gem.

see: Led Zeppeling "For Your Life" 02 Arena
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: the reason I am not happy with Mike Love on: August 25, 2014, 11:12:34 AM

Try going to the graveyard (two syllables), that might break the spell. Oh wait... "I don't wanna be buried... in a pet sematary..". sh*t. Sorry, man. Tongue
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that is very suitable considering both songs are among my least favorite by great groups... yet both are very easily stuck in my head.

at least in my brain is the footage of Mike/Brian working the song out on piano.
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / the reason I am not happy with Mike Love on: August 25, 2014, 10:40:40 AM
Now I cannot go to the beach without constantly thinking or singing Going To The Beach. Oh but wait, there's more. If I take my 2 year old daughter to the zoo? "Goin to the zoo , Goin to the zoo with my Sophie..."

Same for park and mall. 

Thanks Mikey boy. I owe you one. 
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Post Release MIC Track Discussion on: August 31, 2013, 08:37:39 AM
The "It's OK" mix is not new -- it's a '76 alternate mix for those that didn't note that.



even with the Child of Winter intro?

listen between the Child Of Winter intro and the actual song.. you hear a SQUEAL. It sounds like the two songs were melded together
Is that what it's supposed to be?

oh it TOTALLY is.. and it doesn't fit very well lol
Most likely why it wasn't included on 15 Big Ones or the single mix. This is an alternate mix, so we have something different (to piss & moan about) on the box set. Wink
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Post Release MIC Track Discussion on: August 31, 2013, 08:24:52 AM
The "It's OK" mix is not new -- it's a '76 alternate mix for those that didn't note that.



even with the Child of Winter intro?
Is that what it's supposed to be?

oh it TOTALLY is.. and it doesn't fit very well lol
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Post Release MIC Track Discussion on: August 31, 2013, 08:05:06 AM
The "It's OK" mix is not new -- it's a '76 alternate mix for those that didn't note that.



even with the Child of Winter intro?
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Post Release MIC Track Discussion on: August 30, 2013, 08:49:40 AM
that is a bit screwed up.

the only hint of Blondie is Wild Honey (live) and Sail On Sailor.

If you're gonna embrace some 80s stuff, embrace the Blondie era!
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Post Release MIC Track Discussion on: August 29, 2013, 12:20:57 PM
was the "Child Of Winter" intro to "It's OK" originally intended for the song?

it ALMOST sounds like it's a runoff from the track before. It seems like it just doesn't belong.
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Reclusive Era Brian Photos on: August 07, 2013, 08:00:47 AM
There is only one pic that has surfaced of brian at the palladium show and you can't see his face

thanks Ian, love the book
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / The Beach Boys Media / Re: The Official BB You Tube Thread on: August 07, 2013, 07:59:35 AM
Blondie Sail On Sailor live 1979-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfDKow9kcpU

Blondie & Rick Danko  -  two of my favorite voices ever
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / The Beach Boys Media / Re: The *official* Brian/BB picture thread on: August 07, 2013, 07:56:54 AM
According to my reading of the new "The Beach Boys In Concert" by Ian Rusten and Jon Stebbins:

April 20, 1973 - Hollywood Palladium - Brian came on stage, last appearance until 1976. Photographer was on hand and took numerous pictures.

May 23, 1975 - "Together Concert" - Anaheim - Brian was present. Photographers took numerous pictures of him backstage.

I searched the site and google extensively for these images. Either I'm not a good "googler" (very likely) OR they are hard to come by.

Has anyone seen them? Care to share?
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Reclusive Era Brian Photos on: August 07, 2013, 07:49:20 AM
thanks! didn't think of the media section
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Reclusive Era Brian Photos on: August 07, 2013, 07:39:02 AM
We have all seen the picture of Brian with Harry Nilsson from the "Reclusive Years"

According to my reading of the new "The Beach Boys In Concert" by Ian Rusten and Jon Stebbins:

April 20, 1973 - Hollywood Palladium - Brian came on stage, last appearance until 1976. Photographer was on hand and took numerous pictures.

May 23, 1975 - "Together Concert" - Anaheim - Brian was present. Photographers took numerous pictures of him backstage.

I searched the site and google extensively for these images. Either I'm not a good "googler" (very likely) OR they are hard to come by.

Has anyone seen them? Care to share?
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: More studio news on: June 06, 2013, 12:32:02 PM
I understand 'fluid', but can anyone help me out with 'woodshedding'?

woodshedding means that they are taking it a step above jamming/practicing. In other words, they are mastering the songs. "learning" so to speak, but on a more intense level.
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