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« Reply #25 on: May 05, 2011, 09:16:14 AM »

66. Brian and Michael Vosse took a secret trip to Motown as the Beach Boys were rehearsing for the U of Michigan concerts where Good Vibrations was to be premiered live. While at Motown, they asked James Jamerson to record bass tracks for a section of Heroes and Villains which Brian thought lacked "groove". Jamerson recorded one track of his bass onto pre-existing tracks, was paid 400 dollars out of Brian's pocket, and Brian and Vosse left with the master tape. The Jamerson bass track was never heard again, as insiders speculate Brian accidentally taped over it when he heard Gold Star's janitor Brother Julius whistling a Gershwin tune and demanded he record it immediately.

Insiders will also point out that the Heroes session where "Hitsville!" is yelled over the talkback may be a thinly-veiled reference to the lost Motown session.
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« Reply #26 on: May 05, 2011, 02:19:54 PM »

65  Free extinguisher for every box-set retailer.
64  Capitol take birthday requests.
63  Release date delayed due album cover misprint. 'Do You Have Worms?' slipped pass proof reader.
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« Reply #27 on: May 05, 2011, 02:39:18 PM »

62. The 'Vosse Posse' used to hang around on street corners, doing speed and beating up old ladies until Brian Wilson took them under his wing.
61. In the state of Vermont, 'Brian drives, Van Dyke Parks' jokes are punishable by having VDP come around your house and make jokes about you. VDP makes two or three trips a year for the duty.
60. Not many people knew Brian was also obsessed with firearms during the period, culminating in a tragic episode whilst trying to film the GV promo in which Brian and Mike decided to emulate William Tell with Brian's new crossbow. Sadly, the aim was off, and Mike has had to wear a surgical bald wig to cover up his exposed brain.
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« Reply #28 on: May 05, 2011, 02:48:51 PM »

59: Just before writing 'Surf's Up', upon walking towards the sandboxed piano, Brian asks Van Dyke, "Should we take our shoes off before stepping in?" Van Dyke, oddly sensing this won't be the last time he'll say these words, replies "Keep yer shoes on"
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« Reply #29 on: May 05, 2011, 03:42:04 PM »

58.  The performance and release of Brian Wilson Presents Smile in 2004 and the release of The Smile Sessions in 2011 are part of a secret agreement Brian made with his wife and managers to revisit Smile every 7 years.  In 2018 Brian will unveil an a capella version of Smile performed by all the surviving actors who have played James Bond (not the first crossover between Bond and Smile, Bob Holness played the saxophone on I'm In Great Shape in 1966).
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« Reply #30 on: May 05, 2011, 04:52:12 PM »

57. Brian actually finished Smile...until Phil Spector's mind gangsters stole the final master tape of the album and Brainwashed Brian and everybody else in the project into saying it wasn't finished.
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« Reply #31 on: May 06, 2011, 03:36:56 PM »

58a. In another interesting SMiLE/007 cross-over, it turns out that a hungover Sean Connery played 4th kazoo on a H&V session, after he woke up in Western Studio A after a particularly debauched night on the town.

56. Phil Spector didn't finance Seconds to spook Brian. He actually financed The Singing Nun, starring Debbie Reynolds, and was apparently 'mad as hell' when Brian reportedly blew off going to see it in order to play 'Be My Baby' several hundred times and smoke a joint in the pool.

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« Reply #32 on: May 07, 2011, 11:49:00 AM »

55) The original title of SMiLE was not Dumb Angel, but actually Shut Down Vol. 3
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« Reply #33 on: May 09, 2011, 03:23:48 PM »

54  Going by Peter Reums post under the 'Date of Smile....' thread there will be 101 or more Genuine things we didn't know once it is released!
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« Reply #34 on: May 11, 2011, 03:39:18 AM »

53. The idiosyncratic spelling of SMiLE is, as is well known, the product of Capitol's art department rather than Brian. What isn't so well known is the fact that the artist who designed the typeface actually spells the word 'smile' in that fashion, and no-one has bothered to tell him he is in error.

52. In Loren Daro's eyes, Brian's first LSD trip resulted in him locking himself in a room and 'tripping', then bursting out with the phrase 'that's enough of that!' Although the basics are true, instead of journeying through the centre of his mind Brian actually read James Joyce's 'Ulysses' from cover to cover, then returned to the party and spoke in a thick Irish accent for the rest of the evening.
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« Reply #35 on: May 11, 2011, 04:19:06 AM »

51) The disagreement between Van Dyke Parks and Mike Love over lyrics is well documented, and Mike is often painted as the villain of the piece. New evidence  that Mike has been unfairly treated has emerged though in the form of some long lost lyric sheets. It now appears that Van Dyke took an instant dislike to Mike, and put these feelings down on paper.

Lyrics such as "Rock rock roll, Plymouth rock comb-over", "I hate him most of all, Mike Love is a vegatable" and "Waving from the ocean liner, the bearded, balding idiot behind us" made Mike seeth with anger, though it was during the Cabinessence session when Mike was faced witht the lyric "Over and over the crow cries uncover Mike's bald spot that things really boiled over.

Put in the position of defending his lyrics, Van headbutted Mike, who collapsed on the floor in tears. He then forced Mike to perform degrading sex acts on himself, which the rest of the Beach Boys seemed party to. In fact at one point Carl asks that Mike be given a dildo. This shocking moment was captured on tape.

No wonder Mike hated SMiLE. He is still in therapy.


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« Reply #36 on: May 12, 2011, 12:44:08 AM »

50 - During a recording session that may or may not have occurred in May of 66 or 67, a fly lands on the East or West wall of one of four studios and picks up on some off the wall dialogue between Chuck and Brian...

"Chuck, do you think we could bring some pigs in here?"
"Excuse me? I thought we went over this when you wanted to bring in a horse"
"No I'm serious, I want to record this thing... it's called the Swinette"
"The Swinette?"
"Yeah the Swinette, but I wanna use piano wire."
"Is this for Barnyard?"
"Yeah. Dig this... bring 4 or 5 pigs in here and tie piano wire to their tails... dress the guys up like farmers... you know... and have 'em pick the wires with their teeth"
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« Reply #37 on: May 15, 2011, 04:21:27 PM »

49)
November 28 1966 1:41am.

Brian is at the Gold Star Studios when several nondescript Men in Black enter the studio and dismiss the remaining session musicians. They ask Brian about a series of fires in the vicinity. After several hours of questioning, they leave abruptly.

Scared, Brian’s first reaction was to halt production of the elements suite; believing it was the music that was responsible. It seems however in reality that experimental use of psychedelic drugs coupled with headaches he had been having in recent weeks had given him the ability to spontaneously set fires by merely thinking about “fire”.

Brian remained under constant surveillance after this point. Much to the concern of family members, Brian began to believe that his house was bugged, and that he was being watched by unseen forces. He was. Several weeks later, when the government felt that Brian was a potential flight risk, he was removed from his home, ushered into a waiting van and taken to a secure area near Groom Lake, Nevada.

Brian was replaced with a body double that same evening.  While having an uncanny resemblance to Brian and was an accomplished musician, the man had absolutely no musical writing talent whatsoever. This dovetailed nicely with the story that Brian had had a nervous breakdown, and basically stayed in bed for the next decade while the government culled existing material hitherto unknown to the band or public – so the general perception was that Brian was still contributing, albeit in a diminished capacity. The double could come out and perform when absolutely necessary.

During the late 60’s and early 70’s, the government experimented on Brian to see if they could harness this “firestarter” power for military applications. An expert in the field of Telekinesis and Paranormal powers was called in to apply his rather unconventional and demented methods. For a while it seemed that Dr. Landy could get Brian to harness “the elements” on command, however his overuse of psychotropic drugs to amplify the effect took their toll on Brian’s abilities. The following years were spent erasing Brian’s knowledge of these events, as the body double had now become a liability and threat to the project. Brian had to be put back into the public and the double removed to maintain plausible deniability.

In the late 1970's the author Steven King was made aware of much of what happened to Brian from a variety of inside sources, and later wrote a book based loosely on the story.
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« Reply #38 on: May 15, 2011, 04:48:42 PM »

A+, sir  Grin

48) The Surf's Up session that went 'very very badly' according to Oppenheim's notes? All went well until take 4, whereupon Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston got into a violent dispute over the intellect of Glen Campbell. Al asserted that Glen was so dumb, 'he wouldn't know his own song if you played it back to him'. Bruce, being a good buddy of Campbell, defended his friend in the face of the Jardine. As the argument escalated, Al floated a wager of $1,000,000 dollars to his side of the fight, but the argument quickly descended into fisticuffs and Brian cancelled the session.


On a unrelated note, Al Jardine's 'Postcard From California' album was released in 2010, with guests such as Glen Campbell on the title track. Bruce Johnston has sadly filed for bankruptcy.
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« Reply #39 on: May 15, 2011, 05:56:43 PM »

47   Detecting Brian is not looking forward to his Gershwin Tour, his management have decided to change the band line-up and set list without telling
       him. Sure will be great to see the look on his face as some familiar voices from his past start the show with 'Our Prayer'.

       
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« Reply #40 on: May 15, 2011, 08:40:10 PM »

46. 1966 was not the first time Capitol printed up Smile sleeves for a release that never materialized.  Due to a huge admin error, Capitol printed up a kajillion sleeves for Smile in December 1956, jumping the gun by a good 10 years.  When they called Brian to inquire about delivery of the album master, the confused 14-year-old hung up on them.  Due to large number printed, the 1956 version of the sleeve is worth less than 0.01˘.  I've got about half a million of them in my garage.

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« Reply #41 on: May 16, 2011, 05:03:46 AM »

46. 1966 was not the first time Capitol printed up Smile sleeves for a release that never materialized.  Due to a huge admin error, Capitol printed up a kajillion sleeves for Smile in December 1956, jumping the gun by a good 10 years.  When they called Brian to inquire about delivery of the album master, the confused 14-year-old hung up on them.  Due to large number printed, the 1956 version of the sleeve is worth less than 0.01˘.  I've got about half a million of them in my garage.



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« Reply #42 on: May 17, 2011, 02:16:50 PM »

45  Arnold Scharzenegger has yet another child out of wedlock. Her name is Melissa and is a intern at EMI helping Alan and Mark.
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« Reply #43 on: May 17, 2011, 02:34:30 PM »

44) In the year 2467 (January), Capitol announces that SMiLE will finally be completed, when the running order and missing arrangements are extracted from Brian's cryogenically frozen head. The vocals have been finished by the virtual Beach Boys, computer programs which sound exactly like the long dead performers.

The album is yet again scuppered though by the virtual Mike Love refusing to sing some of the lyrics, causing the virtual Brian to go into core meltdown, and the virtual Dennis to fall asleep in his virtual trailer (again!)

In 2511, Capital releases "The SMiLE Sessions" in three versions: a two-CD set, an iTunes LP digital album and a limited-edition boxed set containing four CDs, two vinyl LPs, two vinyl singles and a 60-page hardbound book written by Beach Boys historian Dominic Priore's cryogenically frozen head.
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« Reply #44 on: May 17, 2011, 03:58:36 PM »

43) September 18, 2512 In the news: Capitol/Apple/BMI/IBM/Verizon/Exxon/Microsoft, LLC. lose a multi-trillion dollar class action lawsuit for their release of the famous Beach Boys lost Album dubbed: The SMiLE Sessions. by the Virtual Beach Boys.

A lawyer representing the plaintiffs stated that small conglomerate CABIVEM knew "[that] by circumventing the state approved method of introducing music through the injection of musical nanites to the bloodstream was a PR and marketing blunder as well as corporate suicide."

"Besides, they left the fan base completely flummoxed. Just what in the hell is a CD or an LP? We have a full time staff of paralegals still trying to figure out what an iTune is." Continuing "This sort of blatant disregard of the law and contempt of the fans is just beyond the pale."

In other news: Head of marketing for CABIVEM is found dead of self inflicted virtual gunshot wounds in his state sponsored apartment. He was reportedly despondent over allegations that CABIVEM had used the last tree on the planet to produce over a million hardbound 60-page books for the recent SMiLE Sessions debacle. He had become the target of rage by environmentalists around the world. According to his wife "I don't think it was the tree so much as the typo - Brian Willson. He couldn't get them reprinted!"

More at 11.
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« Reply #45 on: May 17, 2011, 04:33:47 PM »

44) In the year 2467 (January), Capitol announces that SMiLE will finally be completed, when the running order and missing arrangements are extracted from Brian's cryogenically frozen head. The vocals have been finished by the virtual Beach Boys, computer programs which sound exactly like the long dead performers.

The album is yet again scuppered though by the virtual Mike Love refusing to sing some of the lyrics, causing the virtual Brian to go into core meltdown, and the virtual Dennis to fall asleep in his virtual trailer (again!)

In 2511, Capital releases "The SMiLE Sessions" in three versions: a two-CD set, an iTunes LP digital album and a limited-edition boxed set containing four CDs, two vinyl LPs, two vinyl singles and a 60-page hardbound book written by Beach Boys historian Dominic Priore's cryogenically frozen head.

I think you meant in 2580.
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« Reply #46 on: May 17, 2011, 05:16:15 PM »

I think you meant in 2580.

Heh.

You bring up an interesting point though - you think they'll use the catalog #?
It's not like it's been used!

That would definitely add an air of "completeness" to the whole thing. Or should I say closure?
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« Reply #47 on: May 18, 2011, 02:46:16 PM »

Mike Love was recently asked about possible surprises on the SMiLE box, to which he replied he was "keeping it under his hat". This turned out to be more than true, when a stack of dusty multitrack tapes toppled out from beneath his trusty baseball cap.

Mark Linnett and Alan Boyd have been ruthless in tracking down missing tapes. Here are some of the more surprising places SMiLE tape shave been discovered

- Under Paul McCartneys bed

- Rob Roy's grave

- The Fuhrerbunker

- Yoko Ono's pubic hair

- William Shatner's ego

- Tescos in Croydon

It has also been reported that in 1974, Brian tried to eat the SMiLE tapes. In an ironic twist, the tape containig the vocal sessions for Look became lodged in his throat, causing his voice to change dramatically.
An operation to remove the tape was successful, which is good news for the boxset, and also for Brian, who can now sing like it was '67. Inspired, he has started recording a new album tentatively titled SMiLE Vol II.
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« Reply #48 on: May 18, 2011, 06:23:17 PM »

No numbers?

P.S. I hate you.

I'll never listen to Roll Plymouth Rock without thinking "Rock rock roll, Plymouth rock comb-over" again.
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« Reply #49 on: May 18, 2011, 07:23:26 PM »

No numbers?

37. Listening to too much Smile can effect your numeracy.

41. And your short term memory.

41. It can also effect your short term memory.
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