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 on: Yesterday at 09:50:27 AM 
Started by CarlWilsonfan101 - Last post by rab2591
@CarlWilsonFan101, have you heard the alternate chorus version of Little Honda? That version gets stuck in my head a lot.

For me, I think ‘That’s Why God Made The Radio’ gets stuck in my head most often - it’s not even my favorite beach boys song but there’s something about the message and the melody that is so catchy to me. ‘Cherry Cherry Coupe’ is another, also ‘Please Let Me Wonder’

Gotta be "Please Let Me Wonder" for me too. It's literally a perfect song. There will be some who disagree with me, but stereo version for the win, by a mile.

While I do prefer some mono versions over stereo, the stereo mixes (especially for Today!) make the tracks sound so much less muddy. I prefer 'Do You Wanna Dance' and 'She Knows Me Too Well' in stereo over mono, but I also prefer 'Dance Dance Dance' and 'Kiss Me Baby' in mono. I can totally see why some would prefer one over the other for various reasons.

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 on: Yesterday at 09:32:14 AM 
Started by The Nearest Faraway Place - Last post by Lee Marshall
When I really took notice was with the release of Surfin' USA.  When I got the Surfin' Safari l.p. I realized that I had previously heard 10 Little Indians on the radio but it hadn't made much of an impression on me.  Surfin' USA set the 4 Seasons a little to the side and  elevated the Beach Boys into being my favourite band...circa spring/summer 1963.  (Surf City would grab my attention a short while later and that was pretty much because of Brian as well.)

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 on: Yesterday at 08:50:36 AM 
Started by CarlWilsonfan101 - Last post by CenturyDeprived
@CarlWilsonFan101, have you heard the alternate chorus version of Little Honda? That version gets stuck in my head a lot.

For me, I think ‘That’s Why God Made The Radio’ gets stuck in my head most often - it’s not even my favorite beach boys song but there’s something about the message and the melody that is so catchy to me. ‘Cherry Cherry Coupe’ is another, also ‘Please Let Me Wonder’

Gotta be "Please Let Me Wonder" for me too. It's literally a perfect song. There will be some who disagree with me, but stereo version for the win, by a mile.

I think it not only was a precursor of what Brian was looking to achieve on Pet Sounds, but it also sorta kinda did it not only first, but better.

Honorable mentions to:

Match Point of Our Love
Never Learn Not to Love (backing track + backing vocals version from the recent 20/20 archival release)
Just Once in My Life
Only With You (Holland version)
All Dressed Up For School

 24 
 on: Yesterday at 06:27:22 AM 
Started by CarlWilsonfan101 - Last post by UEF
Darlin' or Surf's Up currently

 25 
 on: Yesterday at 06:05:56 AM 
Started by CarlWilsonfan101 - Last post by Emdeeh
There are many for me, but most recently it's been the H&V background vocals montage from the Smile Sessions.

 26 
 on: Yesterday at 04:15:05 AM 
Started by JK - Last post by UEF
I have something to say about your fundraising campaign but I still need to find the right words. When I do, I'll post it in the Welcome thread.

Nope. This is too important to tuck away; it needs saying here, out in the open:

You see, folks, I'm a little confused. Are there really just six people in the world who would like this series to continue? There are over 50 subscribers to Joshilyn's YouTube channel. There have been well over 10,000 views of her video-related topics on Smiley alone, to say nothing of the warm and encouraging comments along the way.

I find this hard to reconcile with the number of donations so far. For a message board with a heck of a reputation in Beach Boys Land one would expect a little more commitment from its members. If this falls through, we all stand to lose, including Joshilyn herself.

This series is literally making history. As HeyJude points out on their Facebook page (see HJ's signature) the "Power Mower" project is in all likelihood unique. In my opinion it’s the best thing that has happened to BB fandom in years. Just look at the list of goodies Joshilyn has lined up for future videos. Please don't let this golden opportunity go to waste. If the funding process stops now (despite a magnificent first donation), we'd be throwing that opportunity away, maybe for ever.

Please, folks, help push the amount raised so far into four figures--that would be a wonderful start.

It would be a tragedy if JH's "Power Mower" project were to be allowed to founder, particularly when we can do something about it now. Let's face it--we may never see its like again.



Are Beatles fans just...geekier?  I know, I know, these people have been doing it longer than I have, just gotta give it time.  It's just interesting how the internet works, and interesting how fandoms work.

For instance, here is a video that came out just two weeks ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAg-DYlcbhg

It is the isolated transcription performance of the percussion on the Beatles' "And I love Her."  It's done by the wonderful folks at Ably House--I love their videos.  It has 2500 views.  That is my goal for my videos.  Maybe it's the silly Beach Boys/Beatles "Competition" thing that I'm falling prey to.  But I really want to show the world how smart and brilliant the Beach Boys music is.  Frankly, the parts are often way more interesting that what was happening on Beatles records (which of course means nothing in the overall effect of the final track, necessarily.)

Anyway--just some thoughts.

The Beatles musicality has been written about virtually since they started - dissertations have been written on the topic, there are entire DVDs worth of material about it, documentaries, books...

The biggest difference between the two bands? The Beatles had a very high standard, where most songs would be a 9/10.
The Beach Boys had some higher highs, but also, many lower lows than the Beatles.

Don't be put off though, the vast amount of people listening to the bands aren't musicians and never will be.

 27 
 on: Yesterday at 03:11:34 AM 
Started by Reverend Joshua Sloane - Last post by JK
Very busy with work right now (and the odd spot of lobbying). Back at full strength later. Wink

 28 
 on: Yesterday at 02:57:15 AM 
Started by JK - Last post by JK
I noticed this at another forum yesterday (thank you, that man) but because of one thing and another never got round to mentioning it here.

Yesterday was the birthday of Alan Boyd, who has so much to answer for in Beach Boys Land. Many belated happy returns, sir!

 29 
 on: Yesterday at 01:31:50 AM 
Started by JK - Last post by JK
Here's another '80s duet, JK. "What Have I Done to Deserve This," by the the Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield. Great song. I remember watching the video when I was a kid and being enamored of the dancers' glittery costumes and big feather headdresses.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn9E5i7l-Eg

Can't say I've ever been a Culture Club fan, but that duet you posted really nicely showcases George's voice. But that Gaye/Terrell song you shared was gorgeous!

Thanks, bc. Given the right material (as here) Dusty was unbeatable!

And that Gaye/Terrell duet gets me every time. Motown could deliver the most heartbreaking "middle eights".

 30 
 on: Yesterday at 01:21:35 AM 
Started by hypehat - Last post by JK
As to snobbery in Opera, there was a post on the Metropolitan Opera FB page urging patrons who attend the matinee performance today to stay after it ends. There will be a discussion session featuring some of the cast, possibly the conductor, etc.
Believe it or not, there were a couple of posts criticizing this, saying this is how Opera is being "dumbed down" nowadays. According to them , Opera is for the elite and not what one referred to as the "great unwashed." Thought he was kidding but from his later replies he and the other guy were serious.
 I'm thinking about my "unwashed", just getting by Grandmother , who treasured her 78rpm Enrico Caruso records.

That's sick! I remember the under-gardener at our local manor house, a very basic kind of a chap, was a great fan of light opera.

Sick, and supremely insulting. "Dumbed down" my left leg. I wonder if you met these types face to face whether they'd be so gosh darn cocky.

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