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« on: May 02, 2011, 07:46:22 PM »


(Due to several posts relating to events of the last few days, take 1 was sent to the sandbox! Can we keep the thread within the board rules please?)

I say again!!!

A light hearted follow-up to the '101 things you didn't know about the Beach Boys' thread from last year. Help bring the list home!

101 This years release Brian calling 'A Seniors Symphony to God'.
100 Brian wanted a musical journey from Plymouth Rock to Hawaii. Mike suggested Malibu to Redondo instead!
99   Paul McCartney ruined the true integrity of Vega-Tables recording by eating a apple!
98   Unknown version of Blue Hawaii found last week with Obamas birth certifcate!
 
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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2011, 07:58:22 PM »

Might as well restate mine:

97. Paul McCartney was actually a spook for Phil Spector and his mind gangsters. That's why he showed up at the recording sessions in the first place; he was getting paid to steal ideas for Spector!

96. But then rather than going back to Spector, he instead took what he learned and went back to Abbey Road studios to finish Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. In the middle of recording, however, Spector caught up with him and murdered him, setting the body up so that it looked like an accident!

And that's why Paul McCartney is really dead.
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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2011, 08:03:01 PM »

Don.....The 'dead' thing could be a problem man! Wink
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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2011, 08:04:37 PM »

"99   Paul McCartney ruined the true integrity of Vega-Tables recording by eating a apple!"

95. Actually the whole reason SMiLE was never released was because of the utter chaos that was caused when 99. occured and it was later found to be a Tomato! At the time of recording the phrase "Tomato, is it a fruit or is it a vegetable?" was hot on everyone's lips.
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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2011, 08:45:40 PM »

One for the mystery novel and British TV experts

94.  The Smile project started to really come undone when Mike Love confronted Van Der Valk over the fact that his lyrics were obtuse, overly poetic and too focused on the crime-solving techniques of the Amsterdam Police Force.
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« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2011, 01:58:43 AM »

93. The day after Parks walks out, Dick Van Dyke uses the studio and for several weeks 'Chim Chim Cheree' is assumed to be part 2 of Surf's Up.
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« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2011, 02:04:27 AM »

92. Smile never existed. The Beach Boys never existed. Brian Wilson never existed. This is all just a dream. Or nightmare. On July 12th, 2011 we'll all suddenly wake up and go back to listening to our Pat Boone albums.

But we will be strangely uneasy about something we can't quite recall.
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« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2011, 02:43:43 AM »

91. When Brian started writing songs for SMiLE, he had a swimming pool installed in his living room so he could feel like he was at the beach. Unfortunately, when he put his piano in the water, it sank right to the bottom, so composing anything worthwhile was impossible.

90. When Brian was explaining the meeting of the song Bottoms Up to a visiting reporter, he spoke in words that, at the time, seemed like the ramblings of a man who had consumed too many religions (or drugs) at once; 'It's a song about the future, like 40 years from now. People will be able to talk to each other through computers. No matter where they are in the world. And people will discuss....they'll discuss, I don't know, The Beach Boys, or if LSD was good or bad for me, or whatever. And they won't get hung up on us, ya know? It will be amazing'.  Jewels Beagle, the aforementioned reporter, was shocked; 'Talk of super computers in homes? LSD use? Where does Brian's madness end?'
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« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2011, 03:50:49 AM »

89. Irritated by his bandmates lack of support, Brian quickly assembled a 'replacement' group to dub leads and missing vocals onto the tracks in early 1967. Calling around his friends, acquaintances and Capitol records, The Maybe-ach Boys consisted of Brian, Danny Hutton, Ringo Starr, Governor Ronald Reagan, David Crosby, Bing Crosby, a down and out Bob Dylan and Phil Spector.

The initial session for Surf's Up quickly descended into a firefight between Spector, Crosby, Crosby and Reagan over who could take Mike's part. Crosby (B) being the eventual victor set into motion a chain of events including Reagans increasing hardline policy against student protest and youth revolt, Crosby (D) leaving the Byrds (some believe out of shame) and Spector dropping out of the singles business. Dylan also fled to Woodstock, disillusioned with the music industry in general. To add insult to injury, Bing's eventual vocal performance was so terrible Brian junked the album on the spot.

88. Mike Love has never eaten a single vegetable in his life. He considers it vulgar.

87. The handwritten note to Capitol was actually written by Englebert Humperdinck as a potential tracklisting for his proposed 1967 album, HUmP! Co-written with aspiring young L.A lyricist Dennis Hopper, the supposedly avant-garde work was ignored by labels and the music press for reasons Englebert never understood. Finally, Englebert gave up, informing Derek Taylor that he had 'scrapped' the album.

Little did he know that in order to keep communique's between the pair secret, Brian often assumed the name 'Englebert Humperdinck' when sending telegrams to Taylor. And thus began the biggest f*ck up in american popular music since The Beatles got off the plane.
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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2011, 07:34:56 AM »

86. Brian Wilson wrote SMiLE with the help of the Honky Tonk Man.
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« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2011, 09:40:23 AM »

85. Carl Wilson actually DID finish Smile in 1972, with a little help from Dennis and Al. The tapes are rumored to be in an undisclosed location in Colorado.




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« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2011, 10:02:10 AM »

84. Jules Siegel recorded plenty of the musings and events of the SMiLE! period, but obviously space and legal constraints lead to some being omitted from the seminal 'Goodbye Surfing, Hello God!' article. These include,

  • Van Dyke Parks challenging the author to a duel after Siegel unwittingly insulted "that moronic kid in that Grace Kelly movie". The result is not documented, although it is mentioned earlier in the article that Van Dyke walked with a limp
  • Frank Sinatra wandering into the Barnyard session, and adding animal noises. He is the chicken.
  • Brian's scared and confused recollections of 45 minute car ride with Al Jardine, claiming the diminutive guitarist was espousing the virtues of something called TM. Brian eventually had to jump out of the car, James Bond style, in order to escape
  • Brian running a session with Carol Kaye, Hal Blaine, Ray Pohlman and Tommy Tedesco casually working on something the Beach Boy called "666 (The Number Of The Beast)". The ear-spltting song ran for 24 takes until Brian decided "we should cut it at Gold Star, it could use the echo".
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« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2011, 10:08:43 AM »

    • Brian running a session with Carol Kaye, Hal Blaine, Ray Pohlman and Tommy Tedesco casually working on something the Beach Boy called "666 (The Number Of The Beast)". The ear-spltting song ran for 24 takes until Brian decided "we should cut it at Gold Star, it could use the echo".


    Iron Maiden stole that one.

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    « Reply #13 on: May 03, 2011, 10:19:38 AM »



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    Of course it is. Are The Simpsons still on TV? Smiley
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    83.  At the end of this month, Capitol are going to release a special limited edition double A-side of Vega-Tables/Wonderful on the Sony Elcaset format.  The package will contain this CD-sized piece of paper.

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    « Reply #16 on: May 03, 2011, 10:41:50 AM »

    Maybe not, but those old episodes are a constant comfort in hard times  Smiley
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    Maybe not, but those old episodes are a constant comfort in hard times  Smiley

    Agreed! There were a few seasons in the 90's where that show was on a roll, some of the best comedy writing ever on TV.
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    83.  At the end of this month, Capitol are going to release a special limited edition double A-side of Vega-Tables/Wonderful on the Sony Elcaset format.  The package will contain this CD-sized piece of paper.



    That is fantastic, btw  LOL
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    « Reply #19 on: May 03, 2011, 02:13:19 PM »

    82  'Over and over the crow cries uncover the cornfield' top secret code for 'GO' in orders betwwen white house and navy seals.
    81  Frank Holmes updated artwork now has Will's and Kate as SMiLE shop keepers.
    80  Play Mrs O'Learys Cow backwards and it sounds like...........eh.....Mrs O'Learys Cow!
    79  Van Dyke Parks almost ready to answer "What do the lyrics mean?' question from Mike.
    78  Warren Buffett says 'screw gold, I want a original SMiLE cover!'
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    « Reply #20 on: May 03, 2011, 03:16:46 PM »

    77. The new release of Smile will be sponsored by Wall-Mart. As much, the Smile Shop on the cover will be replaced with a happy, smiling Wall-Mart franchise.

    76. It's also sponsored by Coca-Cola, and they've determined that, since Vegetables "doesn't present good synergy with the Coca-Cola brand", it will have to be taken out completely. They apologize.
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    75) In 1991, tentative plans were made by George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg to make a movie entitled "Indiana Jones And The Search For The Lost SMiLE Tapes". The movie would have seen the intrepid hero fight off nazis and Mike Love's lawyers in a race to find the missing tapes hidden in ancient catacombe underneath the Capitol tower.
    The movie fell through because of Dr Landy's insistence that he replace Harrison Ford in the title role, and because Brian wanted the soundtrack mixed in mono.

    74) On April 29th 2011, shocking news emerged that Osama Bin Laden was going the blow up the SMiLE tapes by sending suicide bicycle riders into Mark linnets studio. Apparently, tapes had been discovered which, when heard would usher in a new era of peace and harmony throughout the world. The twisted terrorist could not let this happen.
    However, Andrew G Doe and Fishmonk decided to put aside their differences and flew immidiately to Pakistan. 3 days later Bin Laden was dead.

    73) Worried about the mind gangsters trying to steal his ideas, Brian spent a year between May 66 and May 67 recording a series of smokescreen tracks to draw attention away from his real project, a hastily assembled lo-fi album recorded in his swimming pool.

    72) In 1971, Elton John flew to LA to hang out with the cream of the music business. At a party at Danny Huttons house, Brian foolishly challenged Elton to a "lets see who can play piano the best whilst wearing silly glasses" competion. Unfortunatley Brian bet the entire Beach Boys master tape library, and then lost the contest.
    Elton John's real name is not Reg Dwight, but actually Paul Bramsen
    (see http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php?topic=10132.0 )
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    « Reply #22 on: May 04, 2011, 08:03:19 AM »

    71. Inspired by Brian's talk of humour during the period, Mike took it upon himself to launch a stand-up career to hone his act. His only show, at an ambitiously booked Hollywood Bowl, sold four tickets. Sadly, the rest of the group had left something in the oven.
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    70  Blueboarders dismiss idea of SMiLE existing prior to 2003 and that "The Beach Boys' were involved, as a conspiracy theory.
    69  Use of 'Brian Wilson drives...Van Dyke Parks' joke now restricted to Beach Boys aficionados. After box-set release, we will be the life of the party!
    68  Al Jardine to be given false SMiLE abum to 'listen, but do not discuss' prior to official launch, just in case!
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    « Reply #24 on: May 04, 2011, 06:07:00 PM »

    67. Free firehats with every purchase of the Smile boxset.
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