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486459 Posts in 16396 Topics by 2976 Members - Latest Member: jakeg1235 December 20, 2014, 05:26:55 PM
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1  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Little Children, or Luther Finally Fucking Unloads. on: December 19, 2014, 02:00:09 AM
Didn't take long for the thread top descend into the kind of crap that I suspect Luther was talking about. Never mind. Appreciate the sentiments.
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: SIP Could Have Sold Much Better As Is on: December 19, 2014, 01:44:05 AM
Couple of passable songs - certainly no worse than Kokomo and Still Cruisin'. Great vocals from Al and Carl. A lot of drek, too.
3  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Kirk Douglas at 98 on: December 18, 2014, 05:45:18 AM
I have heard some Gil Scott Heron - and liked it - so in his case, I would.
4  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Phil Stern - war hero, and photographer RIP on: December 17, 2014, 11:31:43 PM
Not meant to annoy Range Rover...

The great photographer Phil Stern died recently. For those unfamiliar, he was a genuine World War Two hero who fought with Darby's Rangers - some of you may have seen the James Garner film of that name, where Jimbo played Darby. Not one of his best, but never mind. Afterwards, Stern established himself as a photographer, taking many image (some iconic) of movie actors and jazz greats. Here's his obituary and an interview with some Hollywood anecdotes, as well as a healthy selection of his photographs. Love the one of Sinatra sparking up JFK's cigar!

5  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Kirk Douglas at 98 on: December 17, 2014, 11:19:49 PM
Even if he was dead, it's not necessarily a matter of grieving, but rather showing some respect for the work of someone admired.
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Ringo Starr on Mike's Rock'n'Roll Hall Of Fame speech on: December 17, 2014, 12:43:11 AM
Richy Starkey, Liverpool's finest,  *is* the embodiment of musical excellence and his drumming style is wholly unique and easily definable, like few other drummers in Rock. Those fat fills of his, while technically easy to play, are such a trademark... and he was a metronome, always steady.

The R&RHOF is kind of a joke anyway. I can think of many other groups who should get it in but that doesn't mean Ringo shouldn't. If it means something personally for him to get in, great!

I'm tired of people calling Ringo mediocre. Pete Best was mediocre and the Beatles rightly let him go (however cruelly). Ringo on the other hand became the Beatles' most captivating member on the silver screen and his laconic, idiosyncratic expressions brought us phrases like "A Hard Day's Night" and "Tomorrow Never Knows".

As far as the Mike quote goes, I think he was reacting to the negativity of what was quoted to him rather than anything personal against Mike. They seem cordial when they meet up at TM events and the like.

Anyway, just my 3 cents. Go Ringo!

Wow! sensible post. A rare thing when the topic turns to Mike. Thanks.
7  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Little Children, or Luther Finally Fucking Unloads. on: December 15, 2014, 11:40:23 PM
8  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Kirk Douglas at 98 on: December 15, 2014, 11:32:18 PM
They're in the top post and on the blog.

Michael's his son.
9  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Kirk Douglas at 98 on: December 14, 2014, 11:30:46 PM
A. Education and an inquiring mind, as you say - but it's no different from an interest in the BB - slightly less obsessive, if anything.
B. Seriously? You never heard of Kirk Douglas? You ought to stay in more.
C. I just did.
10  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Kirk Douglas at 98 on: December 14, 2014, 04:02:19 AM
Douglas just celebrated his 98th birthday and has listed his own personal choice of the films he's made. We more or less agree, but have added a few more. I mean, how could he not have Out of the Past...?

For an actor often known for histrionic performances that have made him an easy target for impressionists, it's refreshing to note just how many of these films (and performances) are actually outstanding.

My personal faves:

Lonely Are the Brace
Out of the Past
Ace in the Hole
Paths of Glory
Seven Days in May
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Making Your Own Beach Boys Playlist/Compilation on: December 14, 2014, 03:14:53 AM
Here's my latest:

01.   Slip On Through
02.   This Whole World
03.   Forever
04.   Fallin’ In Love (Dennis)
05.   All I Wanna Do
06.   Feel Flows
07.   Long Promised Road
08.   Lookin’ At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song)
09.   Surf’s Up
10.   ‘Til I Die
11.   (Wouldn’t It Be Nice To) Live Again
12.   Cuddle Up
13.   Marcella
14.   TM
15.   All This Is That
16.   The Trader
17.   Sail On Sailor
18.   Funky Pretty
19.   We Got Love

01.   Sweet Mountain (Spring with Brian)
02.   Wishing You Were Here (with Chicago with Carl, Dennis and Al)
03.   Had To Phone Ya
04.   Just Once In My Life
05.   Johnny Carson
06.   The Night Was So Young
07.   Lines
08.   Pitter Patter
09.   River Song (Dennis)
10.   Pacific Ocean Blues (Dennis)
11.   Moonshine (Dennis)
12.   Baby Blue
13.   Love Surrounds Me
14.   California Feelin’
15.   Country Pie (Mike with Celebration)
16.   Angel Come Home
17.   Santa Ana Winds
18.   Where I Belong
19.   You’re Still A Mystery
20.   Strange World
21.   Think About The Days
22.   From There To Back Again

I'm impressed by my own taste! I'm sticking with this for the 1970 onwards comp (granted, some of the stuff was recorded in 69); now I need to work on a 60s version, though I suspect that will be at least two CDs...

And I should point out that TM is the Charles Lloyd number.
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson Taping Soundstage Special With Special Guests on: December 14, 2014, 03:10:03 AM
Right now - green with envy.
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Why Not Use Auto-Tune? on: December 14, 2014, 03:09:34 AM
Funniest thing about auto tune on the last album was people (one asshole in particular, since seen off by AGD after some other nonsense - thankfully - was particularly wearing in this regard) who didn't have a fucking clue, moaning about it then the whole thing being picked up by mainstream print journalists (who also clearly didn't have a fucking clue), who then highlighted its use as one of the album's failings, as if this is the only album EVER to use audio legerdemain...
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Had to Phone Ya is Good Vibrations good on: December 14, 2014, 03:03:45 AM
It's not, but it is gooooooooooooood and I love it.
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love memoir due 2016 on: December 14, 2014, 03:03:17 AM
It will surely be a hit in this forum - to bitch about every damn paragraph in the book you must BUY the book!  Cheesy

Hmmm. I think there are plenty of people in this forum that bitch without ever seeing, listening or reading!
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The BB fanbase's reaction to Kokomo's success at the time in 1988 on: December 14, 2014, 02:53:55 AM
I was pleased to see the song do so well - it may well have increased the fanbase, but I think a lot of people had been alienated long before then. As a song - meh. Brian's album was the thing.
17  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / TCM's 2014 In Memoriam tribute to people from the film world on: December 12, 2014, 11:17:28 AM
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: List of posthumously-released recordings on: December 11, 2014, 09:28:07 AM
How about some posthumous recordings?
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian's songwriting from 1988-today. on: December 10, 2014, 10:01:47 AM
I think Brian has written (and/or co-written) some really good songs since 88; however, I don't think they've always worked out well on the albums, nor do I think there's much in the way of consistency. There are times when it seems he's struggling to find a melody, but other times, of course, when it's worked out really well. I think - in terms of music - his most effective writing has been for TWGMTR. I like a lot of TLOS, but I struggle with some tracks, including Goin' Home, which seems to be popular here. I like most, if not all, of 88, but the production and overall sound is a pain. If I make a BW comp, stuff from here sticks out like a sore thumb and not for the reasons it should. Same with Imagination, but I find at least half the songs fairly turgid or ephemeral. The arrangement and production pretty much kill the good songs on GIOMH - and there are some. Like the Paley stuff and Sweet Insanity, the majority of his released work has a curate's egg feel to it. I wish they'd been released officially, though listening to his shouty voice and the awful arrangements and production on SI, I'm not sure how it worked out with people here - and the goodwill he got with the release of 88 may well have dissipated when the public heard Smart Girls!  I love the music for WIRWFC (the track, that is) but I think it's wasted on that album. I also enjoy his 'addition' to the Gershwin.
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 60s Americana and SMiLE's Place In It on: December 09, 2014, 11:23:37 PM
Chuck Berry
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys Christmas Songs on: December 07, 2014, 12:13:23 PM
That's more than me!
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mid-60s article: \ on: December 07, 2014, 05:42:54 AM
Mike's pretty frisky, ain't he?
23  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / The 60s Photography of Art Kane on: December 07, 2014, 04:22:31 AM
Some great photographs by Art Kane of various 60s icons. Sadly, none of the Boys
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mid-60s article: \ on: December 07, 2014, 03:43:58 AM
Great - and funny. Have you got the rest?
25  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the \ on: December 07, 2014, 02:07:15 AM
In the past week (apart from my rather excellent Christmas mix):

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