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« Reply #325 on: October 25, 2014, 01:14:51 PM »

My musical conclusion is: very very good idea, a Pet Sounds tune arranged with SMiLE in mind, but it's too short, it sounds like an advertisement, which it is of course, for the BBC.

It could also be a teaser for more. Many comments say they miss stars like Adele or Paul McCartney,  so I hope Brian will arrange the last missing verse, or give all of the remaining Beach Boys just a single word, or one big harmony chord (dream on...), that would make a great version someday.

My analytical conclusion is simple that the 'peoples choice'  for 2014 is GOK as the best song on YouTube. People have TASTE! This video production is stunning, but the old GOK videos got many, many views anyway.
My all time faves are from Behind The Sounds:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVUBpzlELOg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCTVcNsJGX0

For your interest:  these are the the top 15 songs (I put different versions together, all above 0.5 million views)

20 million views: GOK
16: Kokomo (?... never the real BW/BB sound)
13: DWB (that high, a surprise to me)
11: Good Vibes
10: SUSA
9: IGA
8: Barb
6: WIBN
4: C.Girls
3: Sloop
2: FFF
2: IMRoom
2: 409
2: ICHMusic
2: Forever (surprise to me (TV / Stamos link!))



As I said before, until a couple years ago, there were a bunch of BB videos that had 10-20 million views, but they were deleted.  So this GOK video would be well behind the others if they still existed.
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« Reply #326 on: October 26, 2014, 10:46:05 PM »


As I said before, until a couple years ago, there were a bunch of BB videos that had 10-20 million views, but they were deleted.  So this GOK video would be well behind the others if they still existed.
You may be right, but Jaco's point was it took a little time for the GOK clip to earn 8 million views, whereas other BBs videos did well only after having been on YT for years. I think he's quite on the money.
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« Reply #327 on: October 26, 2014, 10:52:55 PM »

Down to number 60 on the official UK chart … such a shame.
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« Reply #328 on: October 26, 2014, 11:33:12 PM »

John, could I crave a boon* and ask you to check out all the chart placings for this release - I think I've got confused between the 37 odd different singles charts.  Grin

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« Reply #329 on: October 26, 2014, 11:55:42 PM »

Down to number 60 on the official UK chart … such a shame.

Wait for w/e 14th November (appeal night for Children In Need on The BBC) I am sure it will get a lot more exposure , and rise back (me hopes)
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« Reply #330 on: October 27, 2014, 12:14:42 AM »

John, could I crave a boon* and ask you to check out all the chart placings for this release - I think I've got confused between the 37 odd different singles charts.  Grin

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20
38
60

… and that's the lot…

From official charts company that supplies the Radio 1 chart.

I hope Rob's right and this single gets another bite. Yes, orally it is a bit of a mash, yes the video is syrupy, yes it missed sections and what-not, but the import of this had my hair standing up like hearing TWGMTR for the first time - things getting put back in their proper place n all that.

Who here doesn't want to see Brian Wilson at number one in the singles chart?
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« Reply #331 on: October 27, 2014, 02:42:35 AM »


Who here doesn't want to see Brian Wilson at number one in the singles chart?


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« Reply #332 on: October 27, 2014, 06:18:16 AM »


Who here doesn't want to see Brian Wilson at number one in the singles chart?




LOL.  Grin
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« Reply #333 on: October 27, 2014, 01:16:14 PM »

John, could I crave a boon* and ask you to check out all the chart placings for this release - I think I've got confused between the 37 odd different singles charts.  Grin

[* a small rodent about half the size of a hutia, but with larger ears and no tail]

20
38
60

… and that's the lot…

From official charts company that supplies the Radio 1 chart.

I hope Rob's right and this single gets another bite. Yes, orally it is a bit of a mash, yes the video is syrupy, yes it missed sections and what-not, but the import of this had my hair standing up like hearing TWGMTR for the first time - things getting put back in their proper place n all that.

Who here doesn't want to see Brian Wilson at number one in the singles chart?


I read an article some time ago about how Billboard in the U.S., in order to compensate for pitiful record sales, now factors in YouTube views as part of their chart tabulation.

I wonder if the same is done in Britain.  I mean, to put it in perspective....if the song sold about 50,000 copies it would go to #1 and yet the video has over 8 million views. If those were sales, then the song would be rocketing to the top. Granted, they're hoping that sales of this single earn money for a charity, but I think we're at the point where the charts have very little meaning.
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« Reply #334 on: October 28, 2014, 02:43:25 AM »

I just came across this belated review in Salon....rather cynical take, but a good read on the genre of celebrity do's like this....
http://www.salon.com/2014/10/27/must_viral_videos_be_so_bad_admit_it_god_only_knows_is_the_worst/
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« Reply #335 on: October 28, 2014, 07:29:16 AM »

Interesting article on why some people disliked the video so much:

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/27/must_viral_videos_be_so_bad_admit_it_god_only_knows_is_the_worst/
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« Reply #336 on: October 28, 2014, 08:00:01 AM »

I just came across this belated review in Salon....rather cynical take, but a good read on the genre of celebrity do's like this....
http://www.salon.com/2014/10/27/must_viral_videos_be_so_bad_admit_it_god_only_knows_is_the_worst/

Interesting article on why some people disliked the video so much:

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/27/must_viral_videos_be_so_bad_admit_it_god_only_knows_is_the_worst/

Wow!  Like...deja vu, man.
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« Reply #337 on: October 28, 2014, 08:12:34 AM »

Oopsies...  Shocked
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« Reply #338 on: October 28, 2014, 09:42:11 AM »

Just a quick off-topic FYI: The author of that Salon piece, Tom Maxwell, was in the band Squirrel Nut Zippers in the 90's, who wrote and sang the Zippers' song "Hell" which became as an unlikely MTV hit as I've ever seen, and also wrote "Put A Lid On It", which also got a lot of airplay and commercial notice.

I loved the Squirrel Nut Zippers and their music, still do - wondering if anyone else on the board is into them. I could never in a million years have anticipated how music like that would get mainstream airplay, but it did and it was terrific. The band sort of separated in the later 90's, but what an improbable run they had, and what a terrific vocalist Katherine Whalen was on those records. After Maxwell left he and another founding member had to sue the group or something for back royalties. It's amazing how often that topic comes up in so many bands.

Anyway, back to the BBC!  Smiley
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« Reply #339 on: October 28, 2014, 10:43:21 AM »

The hubby and I both like the Squirrel Nut Zippers. Katherine Whalen is one "hell" of a singer.  Grin
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« Reply #340 on: October 28, 2014, 11:59:24 AM »

Just a quick off-topic FYI: The author of that Salon piece, Tom Maxwell, was in the band Squirrel Nut Zippers in the 90's, who wrote and sang the Zippers' song "Hell" which became as an unlikely MTV hit as I've ever seen, and also wrote "Put A Lid On It", which also got a lot of airplay and commercial notice.

I loved the Squirrel Nut Zippers and their music, still do - wondering if anyone else on the board is into them. I could never in a million years have anticipated how music like that would get mainstream airplay, but it did and it was terrific. The band sort of separated in the later 90's, but what an improbable run they had, and what a terrific vocalist Katherine Whalen was on those records. After Maxwell left he and another founding member had to sue the group or something for back royalties. It's amazing how often that topic comes up in so many bands.

Anyway, back to the BBC!  Smiley

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« Reply #341 on: November 04, 2014, 04:24:32 PM »

GOK now off the official UK singles chart. Three weeks total, peaked at number 20.

http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/_/brian%20wilson/

Also down to number three on the amazon uk singles hart after three weeks at number one.
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« Reply #342 on: November 04, 2014, 06:31:12 PM »

From the salon article: "The result is a bewildering, self-congratulatory mess of rococo overstatement. "

The Professor has been saying this, as have many of you astute critics here. Nice to see an essay penned on the subject. This mess will now recede into the abyss of anecdotal history, where it will console itself in fellowship with the cast of the dreadful "we are the world."


Interesting article on why some people disliked the video so much:

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/27/must_viral_videos_be_so_bad_admit_it_god_only_knows_is_the_worst/
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« Reply #343 on: November 04, 2014, 07:02:58 PM »

"The result is a bewildering, self-congratulatory mess of rococo overstatement."

Agreed!
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« Reply #344 on: November 04, 2014, 07:14:00 PM »

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« Reply #345 on: November 05, 2014, 08:31:03 AM »

Finally got my single in the mail.  Was surprised to see there was an instrumental track included.  Nice touch.
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« Reply #346 on: November 05, 2014, 08:57:16 AM »

From the salon article: "The result is a bewildering, self-congratulatory mess of rococo overstatement. "

The Professor has been saying this, as have many of you astute critics here. Nice to see an essay penned on the subject. This mess will now recede into the abyss of anecdotal history, where it will console itself in fellowship with the cast of the dreadful "we are the world."


Interesting article on why some people disliked the video so much:

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/27/must_viral_videos_be_so_bad_admit_it_god_only_knows_is_the_worst/
Get over your M&B-centric TWGMTR fetish. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #347 on: November 30, 2014, 10:01:24 PM »

I'm pretty late on this thread, but talking of TV ads, this weekend I've seen an ad on NDR television for NDR radio using I Get Around as music. I completely forgot what the visuals were, but at the end the slogan was "NDR 1 - simply the best music". Nice they'd think of our boys with that slogan.

(I thought I'd use this existing thread for this rather than to open a new one.)
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« Reply #348 on: December 12, 2014, 07:38:08 AM »

Tom Jones and Paloma Faith - God Only Knows at BBC Music Awards 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lydiRfg130Q&feature=youtu.be
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