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26  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: If Mike wasn't in the band... on: May 21, 2015, 01:14:38 AM
To be fair, I'm a fan of many, many bands and there's no-one who divides their own fanbase quite like Mike...
27  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike n Bruce VIP question on: May 20, 2015, 03:12:38 AM
It's the Manchester show I'm going to. To be honest I'm happy with the seat I've got, it's a pretty good view. I'm mostly just wondering when they are going to tell me what time to get there, etc.
28  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike n Bruce VIP question on: May 20, 2015, 01:40:06 AM
Bumping because there's a week to go and I've still heard nothing. SOMEONE here must have been to one of these?  Undecided
29  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: What is the most devastating moment in the band's career? on: May 13, 2015, 02:18:06 AM
Yeah, it seemed odd to me that the reunion tour was so limited over here when the UK has been a big part of Brian's touring plans.
30  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: So Mike has been stockpiling his songs... on: May 13, 2015, 01:21:28 AM
Overall though, it's a pleasant, non-offensive song, much like Kokomo. As has been said before, if it had a "Brian Wilson" credit instead of a "Mike Love" one, it would be universally applauded by the sheepish masses who can somehow stomach dreck like "On The Island" featuring that girl from the Will Ferrell movie "Elf"

'That girl' does kind of undersell She & Him, who are as their name suggests, a duo. And Zooey has a lovely voice well suited to the sound they went for on that song. I don't hate Kokomo at all either, by the way, but On The Island is a very pleasant little tune.
31  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Most overrated BB's Album, and Most underrated BB's Album on: May 12, 2015, 05:55:23 AM
Underrated: BB85 - I love almost all of it, mostly for Carl.
Overrated: Smiley Smile - A great big 'meh' of an album.
32  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: What is the most devasting moment in the band's career? on: May 12, 2015, 05:31:17 AM
Have to politely disagree - 2012 was the last kick of a dying bull. Let's be honest, most of us expected something would happen. What happened in 1966-67 robbed the music world of not only possibly the best album ever released but also decades of music from one of the very, very few bona fide genii in the pop/rock field. Brian was never the same after Smile was scrapped. There were odd sparks and flarings of the flame, but compared to the upwards curve of 1963-66, it was dim stuff. Nothing compares. Nothing ever will.

That the band not only survived that but also came to produce music of genuine quality is hugely to their credit. But just imagine what could have been. The two saddest words in the English language: if only...

Fair enough. My opinion might be slightly coloured by the fact that I ended up missing the 2012 live shows entirely, with my son's birth coinciding with the RAH date. My only chance of ever seeing a full Beach Boys line-up gone, forever!

Same here, our sons must be pretty much the same age! I'd have loved to see them all together and would have made the trek to London (I might have JUST managed if they'd played in Manchester) but there was no way with the timings. And then they were gone...

Back to the original question, for me it's a tie between the abandonment of Smile, for the reasons AGD just mentioned, along with the mid-70s power shift to Mike after Endless Summer. Two times when they were making great music but were yanked backwards by cowardice/greed.
33  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Mike n Bruce VIP question on: May 12, 2015, 02:22:15 AM
I'm going to see 'the Beach Boys' later this month and went for the VIP package because I'm a sucker. But I don't get how it works. According to Mike's site, I should get a decent seat, but on Ticketmaster it said I needed to book a regular ticket as well as the VIP upgrade. So do I ditch that seat on the day and get a better one? And am I going to get told any details any time soon about timings, etc? Just wondering from anyone here who's been on it so far...
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