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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Did Al Jardine die in 1965 only to be replaced by a lookalike ? on: August 16, 2017, 06:10:21 AM
In the early 70's, Al went to Cincinnati to undergo one of the first sex change operations ever attempted in the United States, becoming "Susie" and driving a cab around town.  He then wrote a song about his experience and submitted it to his replacement for inclusion on the 15 Big Ones album.

"Looks aren't exactly a plus" - Al didn't make a very attractive woman.  Still a car enthusiast, he enjoyed his groovy little motorcar.

If you look at the cover of 15 Big Ones, "Al" is the only band member looking away, clearly an attempt to hide the physical differences between the real Al (now Susie) and the imposter.
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Midnight's Another Day - Going Home - Southern California on: August 16, 2017, 06:02:19 AM
Coincidentally, I have been re-listening to Southern California a lot recently.  It was always my favorite song on TLOS, and I think it is one of his best.

Midnight's Another Day is also wonderful - Brian's vocals are unique on this one.  I don't know of another song where he sings this way. 
3  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #11: The Beatles (the White Album part 1) on: August 10, 2017, 10:33:41 AM
Don't Pass Me By
4  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / RIP Glen Campbell on: August 08, 2017, 01:32:26 PM
http://www.rollingstone.com/country/news/glen-campbell-dead-at-81
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: How much time does Brian spend playing his piano and writing? on: August 02, 2017, 08:11:48 AM
I've always been fascinated by Brian's day to day life.  The Rolling Stone article had some interesting insights.  I'd love to spend a day with Brian eating at the deli, strolling through the park, and driving on PCH.  Jason Fine was a lucky guy to have that access.
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The cringiest BB moment? on: August 02, 2017, 08:05:57 AM
The Mike Love "Girls Trifecta"...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJMqXZFmb6w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSCylIA8Yr4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jB3NTDcuPw8

7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Petition for Brian Wilson to be Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on: August 02, 2017, 06:31:52 AM
He really should be in there.  His contributions to 20th Century popular music are immeasurable.


8  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #10: Magical Mystery Tour on: July 26, 2017, 11:05:27 AM
Fool on the Hill
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Specific Beach Boys Musical Moment That Is Kicking Your Ass Right Now on: July 24, 2017, 07:41:52 AM
Every chorus falsetto on Good Timin' they just give me chills, really fun to sing as well. It's Carl isn't it? Unless my ears deceive me

Agreed!  I think that is Carl.  Beautiful!
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: When did the BB's begin to be thought of as a \ on: July 21, 2017, 08:30:02 AM
There are some very insightful responses, and I believe all are correct.

The Beach Boys thought of as a nostalgia act likely began around 1967/Monterey.  Over the ensuing years, they "bounced" back several times to a degree of "relevance", then fell back into the "Nostalgia" category, etc. from then until 1981 or so. 

Each "Comeback to Relevance" was not as strong as the previous "Comeback" and everyone continued to age, so that certainly didn't help things.  December 29, 1983 was a major setback. 

C50 in 2012 was somewhat of a Critical resuscitation (mostly because of the last three songs on the TWGMTR album, in my opinion), but it didn't last long.

So, the nostalgia perception has ebbed and flowed, each time the strength of the "Relevance" not able to outlast the "Kitsch."

Thinking in terms of positivity, perhaps the "Kitsch" is so powerful is because those early-mid 60's songs are just so damn timeless.

I'm not sure if that makes sense...
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Summer of Love - 'Til I Die on: July 18, 2017, 09:21:29 AM
We are weeks away from the 25th Anniversary of the release of this album.  I've only heard a few very short snippets on YouTube.  Maybe I will gather the strength to listen all the way through on August 3rd, but these comments and other reviews I have read over the years truly scare me.
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2017 Tour Thread (Pet Sounds - The Final Performances) on: July 18, 2017, 07:45:57 AM
You will be cutting it REALLY close. Brian is typically right on time or at most five minutes late, in my experience. But the whole show, with intermission, runs just about two hours.

Brian is very punctual and wastes no time starting the show.  If the ticket says 8:00, Brian is walking out onto the stage at 8:00.  He waves, says hello to the City he's in, tells everyone to sit down at 8:00:30, and music begins at 8:01.  This was my experience in New Orleans.
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Does this ever happen to you? on: July 17, 2017, 03:07:26 PM
Not only in my mind, but I usually tend to sing "pretty things like insects and flowers".

I thought that was the lyric for years, and I still sing it that way.
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Does this ever happen to you? on: July 17, 2017, 03:06:27 PM
"I was shittin' in a crummy men's room with my hands on my chin..."
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love Loves Sax on: July 17, 2017, 02:30:54 PM
These days, he has to ask his doctor if his heart is strong enough for Sax.
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Let's all write a Mike Love inspired Beach Boys song! on: July 17, 2017, 02:24:19 PM
I think you've got it pretty much covered, although maybe squeezing in the words "Pisces Brothers" would make it even better.
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Types of automobiles The BBs' members have been in? on: July 17, 2017, 02:21:47 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qr-OzkkfIkM
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The cringiest BB moment? on: July 17, 2017, 02:03:05 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBFsJk6PWu0
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: What does Mike want? on: July 14, 2017, 07:31:18 AM

I think part of him really does miss the hell out of the old days and would love nothing more than to travel back in time to when The Beach Boys were beginning to make it. As this isn't possible I think he's bitter about where life took his cousin, friends, family, over the years. He doesn't know how to express this irritation methinks, so he takes it out passive aggressively when he can. He takes it out in force during lawsuit season.

What does Mike want? My best guess is he wants to be back on the stage with Carl, Dennis, David, Al, Brian 1961. That's why he loves touring: these days he looks out and sees singing happy people every night, fans that adore his songs. Fans that don't get caught up in the cliques and sides, just people out there who love the music. He wants to make music with Stamos and McGrath, music with autotune so hopefully young people can get into this music and go to his concerts. He can't stand the depressing life suite because it reminds him of what he hates about life...which is why he wants to write with Brian to bring out some more positivity perhaps.




Very insightful observation.  Yearning for the past, the innocence, the camaraderie, but not being able to go back in time, creating bitterness and resentment, and maybe even some regrets.
20  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #9: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band FINAL ROUND!!! on: June 27, 2017, 07:34:56 AM
A Day in the Life

PS - Once all of the albums have a winner, the results will make a great playlist!
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Does anyone know what model of Steinway grand Brian had in the Sandbox? on: June 15, 2017, 01:17:11 PM
It is possible that a photo exists in someone's personal collection or maybe in storage. 

You never know what might eventually turn up, such as the Milt Love collection recently discovered, or the extensive archives discovered in the storage unit a few years ago.

I've dreamed about going to Brian's house and looking through his photo albums!
22  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The \ on: June 09, 2017, 06:02:01 PM
Rain
We Can Work it Out
I Want to Hold Your Hand
Strawberry Fields Forever
23  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #9: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on: May 31, 2017, 11:48:28 AM
Within You Without You.  Although I've warmed to this track over the last several years, I still feel it is the weakest.
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: What Do You Consider As 5 Big Ones off 15 Big Ones? on: May 11, 2017, 03:19:11 PM
I can only come up with two:

It's OK
Had to Phone Ya
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: BB songs you love but other fans not so much on: May 09, 2017, 02:25:34 PM
Lady Lynda

She's Got Rhythm

Some of Your Love


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