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Author Topic: Rank the tracks #1: Surfin' Safari  (Read 5818 times)
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« on: November 14, 2012, 08:06:02 AM »

Hey, All!
Just thought I'd try this out, and see how it went.
I really liked seeing how different everyone's opinions were on the Top 5 Albums thread.

Also, I'm not including Bonus Tracks

12. Moon Dawg
11. Ten Little Indians
10. Cuckoo Clock
9. The Shift
8. Summertime Blues
7. Chug-A-Lug
6. County Fair
5. Heads You Win - Tails I Lose
4. Surfin'
3. 409
2. Surfin' Safari
1. Little Girl (You're My Miss America)
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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2012, 08:22:28 AM »

1. Surfin' Safari
2. 409
3. County Fair
4. Surfin'
5. Cuckoo Clock
6. Moon Dawg
7. Little Girl (You're My Miss America)
8. The Shift
9. Summertime Blues
10. Heads You Win, Tails I Lose
11. Chug-A-Lug
12. Ten Little Indians
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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2012, 08:28:43 AM »

12. The Shift
11. Ten Little Indians
10. County Fair
9. Chug-A-Lug
8. Heads You Win - Tails I Lose
7. Moon Dawg
6. Little Girl (You're My Miss America)
5. Cuckoo Clock
4. Summertime Blues
3. Surfin'
2. 409
1. Surfin' Safari
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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2012, 08:35:20 AM »

Cool idea - but can't really do it with this album. Hope you post more polls in the future!
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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2012, 08:36:51 AM »

Cool idea - but can't really do it with this album. Hope you post more polls in the future!

I'll be goin' down the line!
I'll post the next one in a few days.
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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2012, 08:47:14 AM »

Surfin' Safari
409
Surfin'

County Fair
The Shift
Moon Dawg
Chug-A-Lug

Cuckoo Clock
Little Miss America

Heads You Win Tails I Lose
Summertime Blues
Ten Little Indians
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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2012, 10:12:39 AM »

1. Surfin' Safari
2. 409
3. Surfin'
4. Heads You Win Tails I Lose
5. County Fair
6. Little Miss America
7. Moon Dawg
8. Cuckoo Clock
9. Chug-a-Lug
10. Summertime Blues
11. The Shift
12. Ten Little Indians
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« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2012, 10:13:48 AM »

1. Surfin' Safari
2. 409
3. Surfin'
4. County Fair
5. The Shift
6. Heads You Win Tails I Lose
7. Moon Dawg
8. Little Miss America
9. Summertime Blues
10. Chug-A-Lug
11. Cuckoo Clock
12. Ten Little Indians
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« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2012, 11:23:58 AM »

"The Shift" is awesome if only for the line "She'll ball it with her shift on and have a good time"!
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« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2012, 11:34:14 AM »

"The Shift" is awesome if only for the line "She'll ball it with her shift on and have a good time"!

Haha, yeah, that's a pretty awesome line.
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« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2012, 12:07:56 PM »

1. Surfin' Safari
2. Surfin'
3. Moon Dog
4. Chug A Lug
5. 409 (bit bored of it, nut I know I used to be a fan)
6. Ten Little Indians (I don't think any other further single from the album would have done any better)
7. The Shift
8. Cuckoo Clock (this reminds me a bit of "Zing Went the Strings of My Heart")
9. County Fair (trounced by "I Do")
10. Heads I Win, Tails You Lose (I enjoy Mike portray a whiny nerdy loser on this album, but this one goes too far.)
11. Little Girl (Great performance, too sugary a song)
12. Summertime Blues (great song but impossible to improve on the original)
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« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2012, 12:30:25 PM »

The Shift is the first truly lascivious BB tune. It rules, and it rocks in a way most of the album does not.
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« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2012, 12:33:14 PM »

The Shift is the first truly lascivious BB tune. It rules, and it rocks in a way most of the album does not.

Yeah dude, for real. If more songs had been like that it would've been a great (not to mention anomalous) under-appreciated garage rock classic.
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« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2012, 02:47:55 PM »

Summertime Blues (great song but impossible to improve on the original)

Fans of The Who and Blue Cheer might disagree.  Grin
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« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2012, 07:02:54 PM »

1. Cuckoo Clock
2. Moon Dawg
3. Little Girl (You're My Miss America)
4. Surfin' Safari

5. Summertime Blues
6. The Shift
7. 409
8. Country Fair
9. Surfin'
10. Heads You Win, Tails I Lose
11. Chug-A-Lug
12. Ten Little Indians

I've bolded the ones I really care much to listen to.  Can't say there is any song on this album I consider indispensable though.  It's crucial from a historical perspective, but beyond that I don't have too much to say on this one.  Cuckoo Clock is the best song in my view because there's just a hint of melancholy and Brian's voice is refreshingly youthful.  I don't consider the title track a total classic, but it's alright, especially in a meatier live form.
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« Reply #15 on: November 14, 2012, 07:55:53 PM »

Surfin' Safari
409
Surfin'
Cuckoo Clock
Ten Little Indians
The Shift
Little Goil You're My Miss America
Heads You Win Tails I Lose
Chug-A-Lug
Moon Dawg
County Fair
Summertime Blues
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« Reply #16 on: November 14, 2012, 08:30:40 PM »

1. Surfin' Safari
2. 409
3. Surfin
4. Little Girl
5. Chug A Lug
6. Ten Little Indians
7. Heads You Win, Tails I Lose
8. Summertime Blues
9. Cuckoo Clock
10.The Shift
11. County Fair
12 Moon Dawg
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« Reply #17 on: November 14, 2012, 08:50:53 PM »

Can't rate the individual songs, but I've just noticed I don't dislike any of them, so this is quite an achievement! Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: November 14, 2012, 08:58:41 PM »

12. Ten Little Indians
11. The Shift
10. Cuckoo Clock
9. Moon Dawg
8. Heads You Win-Tales You Loose
7. Summertime Blues
6. Chug-A-Lug
5. Little Girl (You're My Miss America)
4. Surfin'
3. 409
2. Surfin' Safari
1. Country Fair
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« Reply #19 on: November 14, 2012, 09:07:17 PM »

Chug-A-Lug
Cuckoo Clock
County Fair
Surfin' Safari
The Shift
Ten Little Indians
409
Summertime Blues
Heads You Win - Tails I Lose
Moon Dawg
Surfin'
Little Girl (You're My Miss America)
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« Reply #20 on: November 14, 2012, 09:48:42 PM »

                1. Surfin' Safari
                 2. Cuckoo Clock
                 3. Heads You Win-Tails I lose
                 4. 409
                 5. County Fair
                 6. Chug-A-Lug
                 7. Little Miss America
                 8.Moon Dawg
                 9. The Shift
                10. Summertime Blues
                11. Surfin'
                12. Ten Little Indians

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« Reply #21 on: November 15, 2012, 02:29:39 PM »

1 Surfin' Safari
2 Moon Dawg
3 Surfin'
4 409
5 Little Girl (You're My Miss America)
6 Summertime Blues
7 Heads You Win - Tails I Lose
8 Chug-A-Lug
9 Cuckoo Clock
10 The Shift
11 County Fair
12 Ten Little Indians



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« Reply #22 on: November 16, 2012, 07:23:03 AM »

This album has it's charm and I prefer it over "Surfin' USA" and "Little Deuce Coupe".

  1. County Fair
  2. Little Girl (Dennis sounds awesome!)
  3. Cuckoo Clock (silly but cute)
  4. Surfin'
  5. Surfin' Safari
  6. Heads You Win - Tails I Lose
  7. Summertime Blues
  8. Chug-A-Lug
  9. 409 (I actually prefer the S&S version)
10. The Shift
11. Ten Little Indians
12. Moon Dawg
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« Reply #23 on: November 16, 2012, 07:46:56 AM »

Man...no love for Ten Little Indians?  WTF.  Wasn't that a single?  Maybe a B-side.  I don't know.

I think it's a crafty little tune.  Really shows Brian, early on, creating/blending vocal textures and clever "poly-rhythmic" (??) layers.  Also, his classic reinvention of a childhood/nursery rhyme sorta thing -- attempting to highlight and utilize those influences in a new way.

A little trite, thematically and otherwise...but so is the whole album.  Which is the charm -- why I love this album.  It is quintessential Brian Wilson.  Embarrassing but blissful.
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« Reply #24 on: November 16, 2012, 08:01:04 AM »

"County Fair" kicks ASS. Don't let "I Do" cornfuse the matter, if it had never happened, "County Fair" would still be teh bee's knees.
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