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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Let's compile a 12 track \ on: Today at 08:16:52 AM
(Since we're only talking songs, I'm leaving off Denny's Drums)

Ten Little Indians
I'm Going Bald
Vegetables
Wind Chimes (SS Version)
Take a Load Off Your Feet
Mt. Vernon
Let Us Go On This Way
I Wanna Pick You Up
Here Comes the Night '79
Surfin 92
Summer of Love
Under the Boardwalk

I like about half of those!  Grin
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Let's compile a 12 track \ on: Today at 08:13:51 AM
Custom Machine
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Let's compile a 12 track \ on: Today at 08:11:19 AM
County Fair
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Let's compile a 12 track "The Worst of the Beach Boys" on: Today at 08:06:52 AM
Just for fun, can we come up with 12 absolute clinkers? I think Elvis had one, maybe a boot, "Elvis' Greatest Shits". Rules: Only band, no solo. Must be officially released. No "comedy" skits, like Bull Session With Big Daddy. Songs or instrumentals are accepted.



also:

Ten Little Indians


7" Ten Little Indians Denmark Capitol F 4880. Value: 250
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: AREN'T YOU GLAD You're A Beach Boys fan? on: Today at 07:48:03 AM
It would have been in the latter half of the 1980s. Like most people, I was under the delusion that Beatles were best. And Santana was my personal favorite. Then I made a new friend, twenty years older than I (I was in my early twenties), and he said the Beach Boys were best. I knew the big Capitol hits, of course, but then I bought Ten Years of Harmony on double cassette, and played that thing on my walkman over and over, for an entire boat journey from England to Denmark. Especially Surf's Up, that made an impression me every time I got round to it. Really, that music, which in some ways is the real gold, made the Beatles pale in comparison. And Santana, their percussion aside, they weren't even close. So I can actually pin it down to one life-changing boat trip.

And I can pin it down to one life changing trip. Or several. Listening to Smile tracks on endless repeat. Breaking down them ol' doors of perception.

As you do.

Oh my, Captain Trips!  police
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: AREN'T YOU GLAD You're A Beach Boys fan? on: September 19, 2017, 06:11:27 PM
It would have been in the latter half of the 1980s. Like most people, I was under the delusion that Beatles were best. And Santana was my personal favorite. Then I made a new friend, twenty years older than I (I was in my early twenties), and he said the Beach Boys were best. I knew the big Capitol hits, of course, but then I bought Ten Years of Harmony on double cassette, and played that thing on my walkman over and over, for an entire boat journey from England to Denmark. Especially Surf's Up, that made an impression on me every time I got round to it. Really, that music, which in some ways is the real gold, made the Beatles pale in comparison. And Santana, their percussion aside, they weren't even close. So I can actually pin it down to one life-changing boat trip.
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Alternate \ on: September 19, 2017, 06:04:44 PM
Wasn't the cover for the Love and Mercy single a grotesque mess also?  I only saw the cover on the cassette single, but it was not good, kinda similar to this junk up above....



Artwork by Brian himself ...

Yeah, I owned that one, but got rid of it. The B-side ain't much cop, either, "He Couldn't get his ol' Body to Move".
Speaking of train wreck cover art, how about Peter Blake's work for "Gettin' in Over my Head"?
8  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Never post drunk on: September 15, 2017, 07:03:15 PM
Stone cold sober. Never touch alcohol.
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Get well Bruce! on: September 15, 2017, 04:48:43 PM
Bruce is a good guy, who should have contributed more, both with songs and on stage. I wouldn't presume to speculate whether it was Bruce's own choice, Mike's, or group decisions. I do know that I would not attend a Mike-led show without Bruce. Not even with Stamos or Torrence, neither of whom I ever saw in concert. Seen a few Mike & Bruce shows, all in Denmark. The first time, at Tivoli, Copenhagen, when Bruce came on stage, followed by Mike and the band, I seriously worried if they could pull it off, which of course they did. At another concert in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, it was Bruce who came down to the lobby to talk to the Danish fan club, while Mike stayed in his hotel room. At the C50 in Aarhus, Denmark, it was Brian far left, followed by Mike, David, Al, and then Bruce far right. I was mainly focused on Mike and Al, and, at one point, when I did look at Bruce, he laughed, and pointed at himself, gesturing some kind of self-ironic "you're looking at me?".
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Good photos of Dennis on: September 15, 2017, 04:25:58 PM
Thanks, all. I think Dennis was absolutely photogenic, but as has been suggested, his drummer position wasn't ideal for concert shots.  And maybe management didn't think to use him much in promo shoots. I think on the whole, Beatles were far better promoted photo-wise, both as a band and in individual shots. However, when you see a really good photo of Dennis, you realize what a draw he must have been, just very, very cool, almost like a Greek god. Coupled with his true surfer image and his songwriting ability, I think he's the most interesting Beach Boy, the real Beach Boy.
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: September 14, 2017, 03:46:39 PM
In history, only two acts have sold over a billion records. Elvis Presley and The Beatles. One of them is seeing his stock plummeting now, due to his fan base getting older and dying, Elvis. It's come to the point where UK papers are giving away his albums. Elvis memorabilia and old Sun 45's, watch them get cheaper and cheaper. Same thing will happen to The Beatles. Only a decade sets them apart. If the two best-selling acts in history will fade, so will The Beach Boys. Who knows what people will listen to one, two, or five hundred years from now.
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Good photos of Dennis on: September 14, 2017, 01:42:50 PM
I seen a bunch of dennis not too long ago from the early days probably 62-66 ill look again for the site

Thanks, that would be good.
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The first Pet Sounds Tour, 2002 - a precedent? on: September 14, 2017, 07:46:51 AM
I wouldn't leap to assume that Brian particularly set the trend of performing full albums in concert. Not only had it been done before, but the concept itself isn't exactly a mind-blowing, out of left field idea at its core. I would imagine most bands/artists that weren't singles-oriented artists, artists that were *good enough* to do full albums of good material, surely batted around the idea of doing it.

Indeed, the idea of performing PS in full had been floated in the 80s and 90s. Session drummer Scott Matthews claimed he pitched the idea to the BBs in the early 80s. Al Jardine mentioned floating the idea in the mid-late 90s while Carl was still alive, with Carl allegedly nixing the idea because he felt Brian wasn't up to it.

I'm sure Brian's PS tour helped make the vintage-album-themed tour a more common/popular thing, but I doubt most of the post-2000 instances of bands performing full albums in concert were specifically spurred by Brian's tour.

Also, for the sake of accuracy (especially if we're trying to find examples of full albums being performed that pre-date Brian's first PS tour), it should be pointed out that Brian's *first* PS shows were in the North America in 2000 (rather than 2002 as suggested in the subject line).

The Cure performed THREE full albums in a row live in shows in 2002 and released the results; I'm curious if there are many other bands that have done two or, in this case THREE full albums all in one show.

There was an article I remember reading that did point out some of the odd results of the "full album in concert" trend, such as Cheap Trick doing their "Live at Budokan" album years later live (but hey, I don't think BB fans would have sneezed at the the BBs in the 90s doing the '73 "In Concert" album setlist, right?), or other artist doing their official "Greatest Hits" album front-to-back.

As was already alluded to, doing a new/contemporary album in full in concert is a different beast than digging up an old (usually famous) album and doing it years later. The former is undoubtedly more ballsy. An even rarer scenario is digging out an vintage, ancient album, but one that is lesser-known. I somehow doubt we'll get a Paul McCartney "Press to Play Tour" anytime soon. For that matter, I tend to doubt we'll ever see a BB-related group do anything outside of Smile or PS as far as vintage BB albums.

How about the extremely rare scenario of a band doing *another artist's* full album? I think Phish may be one of the only cases, where they were regularly doing full cover albums back in the 90s (White Album, Talking Heads, etc.).

Thanks, Jude, for enlightening us. I posited the idea as a question, because I did notice a flurry of live concerts featuring whole albums after 2002. Don't forget, Brian got an awful lot of press, at least in the UK. CD and DVD followed. But I agree that the idea wasn't exactly novel or groundbreaking. Would the American PS concerts in 2000 count as a tour? Or were they one-offs (at the time).
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The first Pet Sounds Tour, 2002 - a precedent? on: September 14, 2017, 12:21:12 AM
I agree the Pet Sounds tours in 2000 and Smile tours 2004-05 were OUTSTANDING.. Saw PS in  Santa Barbara and Hollywood bowl with orchestras..Didnt BW play PS in England and Europe in 2001 + 02.. ? I saw the short PS tour 2007 with 1st appearance  of Alan Jardine..The ovation for Al when he came out in Long Beach Ca  brought tears to my eyes.. Welcoming back an old friend... Memories.

Brian's first Euro PS show was RFH, January 29, 2002. I was there for two nights, arrived a bit late the second night. He returned in summer 2002 for more PS shows. I caught those as well. But it was only in January that he performed "'Til I Die" . So I only saw him do that once, due to being late the second night. He NEVER performed it again, in all the concerts since. I think it might have been too painful for him, considering his personal losses (Dernnis, Carl). I know he thinks about his brothers every day.
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The first Pet Sounds Tour, 2002 - a precedent? on: September 13, 2017, 06:41:59 PM
Either Roger Waters or Pink Floyd also did "The Wall" quite early on.
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The first Pet Sounds Tour, 2002 - a precedent? on: September 13, 2017, 06:40:13 PM
Good recall! Thanks, KDS. I still think that Brian's show started the trend more than anything.
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Get well Bruce! on: September 13, 2017, 06:24:25 PM
Get well, Bruce.
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / The first Pet Sounds Tour, 2002 - a precedent? on: September 13, 2017, 05:51:13 PM
I was there, RFH! Brian was 59, going on 60. Four years earlier, he'd started touring again, in a small way, Roxy CD. To me, those first PS gigs at RFH, I was so excited, a dream come true. Couldn't sleep the first night. It was also Brian at his most engaged and enthusiastic. His voice of course better than that of today. I've seen Brian live over twenty times, and SMiLE two years later was another highlight, but PS, in its entirety, did he set a precedent there? Was that the first time a major artist performed a key album in its entirety? Many others copied the idea, Zombies, Arthur Lee, and many, many more. But was Brian first?
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Good photos of Dennis on: September 13, 2017, 04:20:20 AM
You know, for someone as handsome as Dennis, the sex symbol of the band, it's surprisingly hard to find really, really good photos of him on Pinterest. Been through some 200 to come up with just four really good ones for my Facebook timeline. I like clean-shaven, surfer cut Dennis, and also bearded, long-haired Dennis ca. POB. Oh, yes, and Two Lane Blacktop Dennis. Those are his best periods, I think. But for every winner photo there's a bunch of scruffy, inebriated Dennis, or bloated Dennis, or strange pose Dennis.  The girls went wild over him in the 1960s, why do you think he wasn't photographed more, and in more flattering ways?
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: My First BB Concert/Your First BB Concert on: September 10, 2017, 04:39:31 PM
Wembley Arena, 1989. I went with a friend who had originally turned me on to The Beach Boys. I knew them before meeting him, but he made me realize just how great they were. We were sat in the Arena, quite close to the stage, and we borrowed a program from another person. My friend showed me the iconic photo of the young Beach Boys carrying that surf board on the beach. He had to point out and name the individual members, that's how green I was. The band then came out, and Mike started his thing, working up the audience. Beach balls were bouncing in the air over the audience. One man from the audience shouted, "We want Brian!" Mike laughed.


Wembley Arena, London, England
September 8, 1989

Chicago did not join the Beach Boys for their 1989 European dates, hence the return of the standard setlist.
Beach Boys present:

Carl Wilson
Mike Love
Bruce Johnston
Al Jardine
Backup band included:

Jeff Foskett
Billy Hinsche
Mike Kowalski
SETLIST

1. California Girls
2. Sloop John B.
3. Wouldn't It Be Nice
4. Do It Again
5. Darlin'
6. Cottonfields
7. Rock And Roll Music
8. Be True To Your School
9. Don't Worry Baby
10. Hushabye
11. Then I Kissed Her
12. Surfer Girl
13. Still Cruisin'
14. Little Deuce Coupe
15. Little Old Lady From Pasadena
16. Shut Down
17. Little GTO
18. I Get Around
19. God Only Knows
20. California Dreamin'
21. Good Vibrations
22. Kokomo
23. Come Go With Me
24. Help Me Rhonda
25. Surfin' Safari
26. Surf City
27. Surfin' USA
Encore:
28. Wipeout
29. Barbara Ann
30. Fun Fun Fun
Contributed by: Ian Alexander-Barnes

21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Dean Torrance on working with the Beach Boys, Filet of Soul, and more on: September 10, 2017, 04:22:11 PM
Side note to GM re: Proof-Reading...

In your subject line, Torrence should be spelled with an "e", not an "a."

fixed, thanks!
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Nominate The Beach Boys for The Medal of Freedom on: September 10, 2017, 05:53:36 AM
Signed just now. Thank you for doing this.
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Dean Torrence on working with the Beach Boys, Filet of Soul, and more on: September 09, 2017, 04:50:54 AM
Dean is totally at ease here, no regrets, taking it easy, good recall of bygone days. Though the interview could do with a bit of proofreading. https://www.inquisitr.com/4482504/dean-torrence-on-the-new-jan-dean-release-filet-of-soul-working-with-the-beach-boys-surf-city-more/
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Which snippet of Beach Boys music would you use for your answering machine? on: August 24, 2017, 08:48:48 PM
Some of you may already have done this, or perhaps tried it as a ringtone for your mobile phone. I've only got a land line phone, and never owned an answering machine (don't really get too many incoming calls that I need one). However, if I had the chance, I know which snippet of music I'd pick.

I like all kinds of music, and my choice for a snippet would be the vocal interjection by The Fat Boys on the 1987 collaborative single, "Wipeout", which charted a respectable #12 on the Hot 100 and did even better in the UK chart, peaking at #2, three places higher than the original instrumental by The Surfaris.

Some people might find this to be heresy and consider "Wipeout" a low point in our band's career. Not me. I think old school hip hop can be very forceful and if you use the interjection, "It was the Beach Boys rockin', the wipeout!", you get a presentation of our band, naming the band in a most powerful and exuberant way. What better way to get your message across, that you like the Beach Boys and their music. Plus, you work in the surf rock angle, too, going back to the band's roots.

Here ya go, 2:26 into the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-kAnNgqN9o
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Baywatch OST - \ on: July 15, 2017, 10:54:31 AM
SOL.....UGH! Complete embarrassment. Could possibly be the worst tune they ever recorded, certainly one of the most embarrassing.

Absolutely! All you ever needed to know about myKe luHv in one miserably, perverted song. Further studies would conclude with the viewing of his "Lifestyles" video showing him rubbing mineral oil all over his body.  Huh

Oh, they have recorded worse. But it may be Mike's worst. Still better than Brian's "Smart Girls" off Sweet Insanity.
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