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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: November 21, 2020, 11:16:45 AM
That's amazing. Thanks.  Smiley
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: October 29, 2020, 06:23:24 PM
Jaw... dropped. Thank you, Howie!!

3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread for various insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread! on: October 26, 2020, 05:54:14 AM
Why is "When Girls Get Together" universally despised among BB fan circles? Must be the lyrics, right? I agree they're awkward but I don't find them particularly offensive and the backing track is pretty amazing I think.
It's kind of a weird song. The lyrics are painfully corny, but I do really like the feel and the sound of it. Kind of a circusy sound that deepens into something more poignant. It needed better lyrics and it feels somewhat adrift being placed towards the end of KTSA.

4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2020 Tour Thread on: October 25, 2020, 02:47:58 PM
Yet Brian and Al are not welcome.... Roll Eyes

Yet Mark "Orange County Biff Tannen" McGrath douche is. Great guy that Mark McGrath. Not that he, Mike, or Trump could possibly have that bully gene or anything like that...

https://youtu.be/jSU9oL5nLMA

Yikes. I do get kind of a 'young Mike Love' vibe from this footage to be honest.


5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2020 Tour Thread on: October 25, 2020, 07:28:25 AM
Mark McGrath *actually singing Fly* as part of a Beach Boys concert. Let that sink in just a bit more. Shocked

6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: October 16, 2020, 06:27:13 PM
It's been a couple years now (this was around October 2018), so I don't remember the exact convo - but I think you are right ... his response was bizarre, and these guys are bizarre at times. And tbh I was taken aback by meeting him in this way - as a fan. My take at the time was that he didn't think it fit with the vibe or image of the type of show he was doing. Like, "postcard from California"/folk tales of BB songs type of thing ... like Lookin At Tomorrow was political, etc. That was my take, but who the F knows ... no idea where he would have confused it with "Never Learn Not To Love", that's a real stretch ha.

EDIT: I remember a little more- I believe I said, "I'm surprised you didn't play 'Lookin' At Tomorrow" ... it wasn't like I was telling him he should have or requesting it ... made the response even more weird. I might have even said, "Since you played Surf's Up, I'm surprised you didn't play Take A Load off Your Feet or Lookin At Tomorrow", and he could have even said something like, "No, Lookin at Tomorrow is not ... [big pensive pause with offended look] ... it's not right ... you can't ... it's ... it's not appropriate ..." ... it was that weird man. I'm paraphrasing because I don't remember the exact words, but that was the general gist of the interaction.
I heard Al perform a lovely version of the song at City Winery in April 2018. just six months earlier. Truly strange!

7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread for various insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread! on: September 23, 2020, 12:57:38 PM
Agree with all of this, HeyJude. It is completely dysfunctional.  Sad

8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread for various insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread! on: September 23, 2020, 09:31:46 AM
I was really surprised when I saw the Mike&Bruce Beach Boys in summer 2017, and Mike never once mentioned the 1967 Sunshine Tomorrow archival set that was newly released. During intermission there was even a slideshow advertising Mike's book and other stuff for purchase, but no reference to it.

9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: September 20, 2020, 07:24:32 PM
Thanks for that list, All Summer Long. Some combination of any of these would be incredible! I'll be gutted if this doesn't come out.

10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Bruce Springsteen spinning Beach Boys on Sirius XM radio show on: September 20, 2020, 02:52:02 PM
Very cool. Especially that he's familiar with, and a fan of, TWGMTR. Thanks for sharing.

Yep. That's great!

11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: September 19, 2020, 07:50:12 AM
The Beach Boys - Friends Acapella Snippet (News Broadcast/Press Conference?)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sMOtru6zI8
Love this! Has a gentler feel than the studio version, almost sounds more like the Meant For You intro. Really pretty.

12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: September 06, 2020, 10:18:22 AM
3) There are so many behind-the-scenes disasters regarding Feel Flows that they legitimately didn't know which one you're referring to

 LOL  LOL  LOL   Thanks, I needed that.

13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Happy Birthday! on: September 03, 2020, 05:45:36 PM
Happy birthday, Al! All best wishes!

14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: August 31, 2020, 06:58:03 PM
Every release since "Sunshine Tomorrow" has felt like getting to know a completely new and different band for the first time.

In that case, the current dysfunctional situation should feel deeply comforting, reassuring you that these are the same Beach Boys you've always known. Smiley

15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: August 23, 2020, 11:50:25 AM
But would a "Feel Flows" box set be any less representative of the brand name "Beach Boys" than seeing the touring Beach Boys play Mike's solo releases like "This Too Shall Pass" over actual Beach Boys songs? On one hand the suggestion is the 1970-1972 era doesn't represent what the brand identity is in 2020, yet on the other neither do Mike's solo releases which are featured at every Beach Boys concert.

I understand your logic here, but can definitely think of a key player who would not.

But the weird thing about this whole scenario (that the Feel Flows set is simply too 'off-brand' for the Beach Boys, which is putting it in jeopardy) is that the project was approved in the first place by all the members. Just curious, was the project *always* going to be the scale it is currently, i.e. a 5CD box set?

16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: August 22, 2020, 07:32:33 PM
^ Great thoughts.

17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Nate Ruess on collaborating with Brian Wilson on: August 21, 2020, 09:57:28 AM
Fantastic. So, Nate sang not only the lead on Saturday Night...but also at least some of the background parts, directed on the fly by Brian Wilson.

There are indeed some very rich harmonies on this song. I never listened carefully enough. Quite lovely.

18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Nate Ruess on collaborating with Brian Wilson on: August 19, 2020, 06:55:42 AM
This is great. Very sweet story where Brian directs him on harmonies. Thanks for the tip!

19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Here Today (Arranged for 3 Guitars) on: August 17, 2020, 02:50:39 PM
Lovely!

20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian almost purchasing the L&M movie car on: August 17, 2020, 02:46:12 PM
Wow thatís awesome

Just the thought that Brian wanted to get it as a gift for Melinda is sweet and romantic. But I understand why she wouldn't have wanted a vintage car, they are lots of work and if not properly cared for become a giant decaying money pit.

Has Brian ever owned a vintage car? As in a car that in its day was an antique of some sort? I believe Dennis and Mike both did

...Ole Betsy?

21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2020 Tour Thread on: August 05, 2020, 07:34:05 PM
Mike Love said on stage they are ready and willing to play anywhere it just depends if the city or state will allow.

That is really not a great look right now. Sad

22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: July 29, 2020, 06:53:57 PM
Man, catching up on this thread. This is heartbreaking.

23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Unpopular Beach Boys opinions on: July 28, 2020, 05:02:11 PM
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All over an album that was given as a gift in the first place.

I agree with this so much, and want to add to this idea. I think this is something that many fans forget: the heart and soul that brought us Pet Sounds was at one point very much on the verge of death. Considering how Dennis went, and considering just how off the edge Brianís mind/body went, it is absolutely a miracle that he is alive and well today.

So from my perspective I think that anything that Brian shares with us today is a blessing. Even if Joe Thomas throws some generic chords down and Brian comes up with a melody, that melody is a gift to us - its a melody we were very close to never ever hearing.

And not everything he has done in the last three decades is worthy of fawning over. But I also wish that before people rushed to write some harsh critique that berates Brian and his music, that those people would ponder that Brian almost never had the chance to write another song or enter another recording studio again.

Again, not saying we canít write negative reviews about his music, but the NPP reviews went so far off the deep end in terms of being completely rude - for reasons I canít even imagine.
Great perspective, I like this a lot. Thanks. Smiley

24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Unpopular Beach Boys opinions on: July 25, 2020, 07:23:26 PM
I just wanted to thank both of you for the very kind words about that review, it really means a lot to me! I still feel very passionate about the NPP album overall, and I still hold the same opinions as I wrote back in 2015, with the exception of maybe one or two tracks that have not aged as well as their counterparts on the album over these 5 years. I think the album sounds amazing from a pure sonic angle, and the way the backing tracks are tightly arranged to allow some intricate layered parts to bust out of the mix really enhances the high sound quality of both the recording and mix.

If anything I undersold it; I really enjoyed reading your review so much. Love the passion behind it and it's contagious!

I quite agree too, NPP has well stood the test of time. It still sounds lovely to my ears, and it's still cool that Brian took some chances working with contemporary artists and a wide range of styles. He should be very proud of it.

25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Unpopular Beach Boys opinions on: July 20, 2020, 10:52:04 AM
Oh yep, this is a great review. Thank you!
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