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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Jack Rieley has passed... on: Today at 10:09:04 AM
RIP

Musically, a great period for the band
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: My Witness on: April 20, 2015, 11:11:16 PM
Funny, Howard, Now: jump!  police
3  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Albums as book covers on: April 19, 2015, 06:33:22 AM
Sometimes we feel that way!
4  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Albums as book covers on: April 19, 2015, 03:24:21 AM
http://fridaynightboys300.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/christophe-gownas-if-albums-were-book.html

Such as





5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Combining albums as a Two-fer. on: April 16, 2015, 10:44:09 AM
I think half of LA and half of TWGMTR would make an excellent single album. Of course, if you combined the other halves...
6  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: The What Are You Reading? Thread on: April 15, 2015, 07:59:33 AM
This:

http://fridaynightboys300.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/raymond-chandler-life.html
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Many Negative Reviews of No Pier Pressure... on: April 14, 2015, 01:29:10 AM
So which one are you? The spanker or the spankee?

The one watching through the keyhole?  Evil
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Many Negative Reviews of No Pier Pressure... on: April 13, 2015, 02:55:13 AM
You know, this is a real shitty title for such a dominant thread on this board. 'Many' negative reviews? I think they'd even out at about 3 out of five, which is what most of the more 'trusted' media outlets were giving it in the first place. And, it's probably what I'd give it too. I feel it could be improved immeasurably by reducing the number of songs; I could give a flying f*** about pitch correction and otto-tune because, in this instance, it doesn't affect my enjoyment; nothing will persuade me to enjoy the Thomas production, though I find it less of a pain than on Imagination; yeah, it's kind of like son of TWGMTR without the lyrical lows but with fewer of the musical highs; yes, I would've preferred Brian, Al and Blondie to do the whole album. It remains an awful lot better than I first thought it was going to be.
9  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Stan Freberg, 1926-2015 on: April 13, 2015, 02:44:25 AM
A bit late to this, but here you go:

http://fridaynightboys300.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/stan-freberg-rip.html

I remember his Banana Boat Song and Dragnet spoof fondly
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Semi-Related: NYT on Charles Lloyd on: April 12, 2015, 08:25:13 AM
Thanks for that!
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Did Carl lose some of his motivation after 1973? on: April 12, 2015, 08:22:09 AM
Maybe he just lost his muse. Maybe he needed Jack Rieley to bounce off. Maybe the death of Murry affected him as much as it did his brothers, but in a different way. For me, the only reallly good post-Rieley era song is Angel Come Home - not to say there aren't other good Carl songs, but there seem to be a lot of turgid ballads and AOR stuff that can't hold a candle to his early 70s work.
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Guess we know where us US members are buying our copies of NO PIER PRESSURE on: April 11, 2015, 12:58:04 PM
Well.

Now.

'Bout this time last month I ordered the Deluxe version, listed as having 18 tracks from Amazon UK.

But.

What turned up has 16 tracks.

However.

The exact same version I ordered is now listed without the "Deluxe" tag, with 18 tracks and about £5 cheaper..

W. T. A. F. ?

Amazon UK's NPP seem all over the place. I placed my deluxe version order back in November but cancelled this week when it failed to ship. Then noticed, as you say, that it had dropped a fiver in price after the supposed release date. Reordered, to find that it had also dropped five tracks in that short period of time. Like others, I have the Japanese disc en route anyway… and a "deluxe" from Wowhd.com though I suspect the latter will be shy of a couple of tracks.

Nothing's straightforward any more…

Well. my Amazon deluxe turned up and it was the deluxe version with In the Back of My Mind after all!
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: BB Studio Albums that were worse than their immediate predecessor? on: April 11, 2015, 12:55:53 PM
Um....

Summer Days
Party
CATP
15 Big Ones
MIU
KTSA
SIP
14  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Richie Benaud RIP on: April 11, 2015, 02:41:28 AM
http://fridaynightboys300.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/richie-benaud-rip.html

The cool voice of summer sport while all round him were getting tied up in jingoistic hyperbole.
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Guess we know where us US members are buying our copies of NO PIER PRESSURE on: April 09, 2015, 02:14:02 AM
Well.

Now.

'Bout this time last month I ordered the Deluxe version, listed as having 18 tracks from Amazon UK.

But.

What turned up has 16 tracks.

However.

The exact same version I ordered is now listed without the "Deluxe" tag, with 18 tracks and about £5 cheaper..

W. T. A. F. ?

Tell me how you proceed, Andrew. I'm expecting mine today and I'm expecting the same thing to happen...
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Several new reviews on: April 08, 2015, 12:55:18 AM
The Popmatters review is, to put it politely, a giant pile of sh*t.

Yeah. ..reads like it was written by a 13 year old

Certainly written for 13 year-olds.
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Guess we know where us US members are buying our copies of NO PIER PRESSURE on: April 07, 2015, 10:44:43 AM
Well, I ordered the version on Amazon UK with the bonus tracks, including In The Back of My Mind, but that isn't amongst the ripped tracks I've received. Hope it's on the CD version...
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Guess we know where us US members are buying our copies of NO PIER PRESSURE on: April 07, 2015, 10:39:19 AM
For many Target employees, it's their first job. Their first experience working in the outside world. They don't get paid much. Was in there last night returning a kid's baseball set (Easter present) because it was missing parts. Took it over to Customer Service and there were two young ladies behind the counter - one pretty large, and the other petite. I stood there for a few seconds in line while one said to the other, "I thought you loved me". And the other replied, "I do love you, you know that". The other said, "Well, you're not showing it!" The other then replied, "After work tonight I'll show you how much I love you!".  What drama. All within earshot of the customer (me). I kid you not!

Can you get me that DVD?
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian interview in The Mirror on: April 06, 2015, 02:15:17 AM
The Mirror is one of the UK's many dreadful tabloid newspapers, only distinguishable from the rest because it doesn't blame immigrants for every crime under the sun
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: What are the Best BB-related Albums that have little or no Brian Wilson input? on: April 05, 2015, 05:45:10 AM
You have to define 'little' first.

What do you think, Jon?
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Times NPP review on: April 04, 2015, 12:56:56 AM
to what Times do you refer, London or New York, leftist rag that it is? That Phil Collins comparison is nasty--hate that PC crap. I don't actually agree with the analogy, do you?

You should feel comfortable, prof, because the Times is a rightist rag owned by that alleged scumbag, Murdoch. I know exactly what he means about the Collins sound and, sadly, I agree. I like most of what I've heard, but there do seem to be a couple of errors of judgement and this song is one of them.
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: L.A. (Light Album) Radio review/discussion on: April 02, 2015, 10:36:44 AM


Guess that's She's Just Out To Get You dropped from this one in favour of Constant Companion!
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Fest Concert Event! March 30, 2015 on: April 01, 2015, 11:16:58 AM
Do you think there were people there who didn't know the music? I watched the video of Surf's Up and some of the crowd were ready to applaud a couple of times before the song finished. Friends of the producers, perhaps?
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: AllMusic Guide review of NPP on: April 01, 2015, 11:11:57 AM
I never get it when someone who openly admits to disliking the music of someone the reviews their work and t's published. Neil Spencer in the UK is another one. Hope he doesn't get his hands on this, because I can write the review he'll write without even listening to the album
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: L.A. (Light Album) Radio review/discussion on: March 31, 2015, 02:41:24 PM
Wasn't the phrase, 'too macho-city,' used to describe Dennis in terms of why he wasn't on the track?
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