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« on: March 28, 2016, 10:16:56 AM »

Sure we love the guys! But this board is also a place to not only venerate our lovely boys but also make light of their less appealing attempts at being commercial.


I'll get this trainwreck started with this glorious clip from David Letterman in 1994, which I recently discovered (to my horror). Good grief what was the thinking?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aivrroKurUc
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2016, 10:24:30 AM »

No big deal.
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2016, 10:27:56 AM »

July 5th, 1981, Long Beach. Caught with their pants down on national TV.
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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2016, 10:33:08 AM »

Good morning America with Joan lunden from December 1980 is a real train wreck!!
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2016, 10:34:21 AM »

Anyone for a Beach Boys Huddle?  Thud

Full House. Don't care when.
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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2016, 10:57:05 AM »

I wouldn't say Letterman was embarrassing. That was purposely funny. Not amazingly funny, but funny.

The embarrassing moments are the ones where they weren't trying to be funny.

Brian's "Night Time" on Dick Clark's late night show (not the Letterman appearance around the same time) is pretty hilariously awful. Tight leather pants and pseudo-dance moves.

Full House was pretty bad too, especially the first one with the "huddle" as mentioned already.

If we're including stuff "caught on tape" but not broadcast, there's some other live stuff that sometimes gets pretty bad. Largo, MD '77 with Brian ready to murder his mic and mic stand is pretty bad. The Australia '78 tour, some of the shows anyway, are probably as bad if not worse than the Queen Mary '81.

The whole "Primetime Live" thing with Brian and Landy in 1991 was a low point of course, as was the fallout around the same time with Mike on "A Current Affair" and whatnot.

Mike's "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" is pretty jaw-droppingly ridiculous of course.

There used to be a quick circa 1978 clip on YouTube of an interview where someone asks Brian a question about Charles Manson and Al Jardine starts berating the interviewer. That was pretty awkward and weird.
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« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2016, 10:57:46 AM »

Brian's Roller Skating Child 'interpretative dance'.....  Shocked

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1EPXBQV3yM
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2016, 11:09:27 AM »

There are lots of contenders, but not sure the Rock Hall of Fame speech can be topped...
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« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2016, 11:24:37 AM »

I didn't actually see this myself but it was described to me by (of all people) my mother and grandmother. Dennis on  UK TV with Christine McVie, who was apparently finding it hard to keep her hands to herself....
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« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2016, 12:04:20 PM »

The vocals to Salt Lake City
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« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2016, 12:39:49 PM »

Eight words: HEY NOW (WELL IT'S A LOVE THANG BABY)
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« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2016, 12:41:04 PM »

A fair chunk of the Queen Mary show is painfully bad. Brian's in possibly the worst condition I've ever seen him on video. From memory the low point is the intro to School Days (which for some reason Al says they wrote):
https://youtu.be/8Rs_kaSkNmU?t=913
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« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2016, 12:43:02 PM »

The ABC interview where Dennis is passing out.
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« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2016, 01:06:42 PM »

All of the video appearances mentioned above.  Except the Letterman appearance. I always kind of enjoyed that one...
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« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2016, 01:18:19 PM »



Recording / rehearsing the vocals to "Spring Vacation"


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« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2016, 01:52:33 PM »

Recording / rehearsing the vocals to "Spring Vacation"

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« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2016, 01:56:32 PM »

You guys are listing my favorite Beach Boys moments! And no mention of Crocodile Rock or Summer of Love videos? In my opinion the most embarrassing ones are pretty anything with Mike Love in the 90s. And this comes from someone who likes Mike Love and loves Summer of Love (the song-not video).
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« Reply #17 on: March 28, 2016, 01:57:38 PM »

All of the video appearances mentioned above.  Except the Letterman appearance. I always kind of enjoyed that one...
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Never saw the letterman one. It's nice. Thanks. Carl's voice is like butter.
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« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2016, 02:17:40 PM »

The Letterman one...Matt's long hair, so great.
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« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2016, 03:13:04 PM »

Brian's Roller Skating Child 'interpretative dance'.....  Shocked

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1EPXBQV3yM
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« Reply #20 on: March 28, 2016, 03:26:05 PM »

25th Anniversary Special. Brian squinting and reading Mike's cue cards along with Love himself.

25th Anniversary Special. Belinda's dress.

25th Anniversary Special. Carl's pants

25th Anniversary Special. Joe Piscopo

25th Anniversary Special. Mike's outfit


This was watched by 8 million viewers.
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« Reply #21 on: March 28, 2016, 03:34:25 PM »

It's hard to limit it to one, so I would say most of Brian's solo performances on TV. Many a night (early morning actually) I turned off the TV at 12:38 AM thinking, "Why did they put him through that?" and "Did they really gain anything from that?"
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« Reply #22 on: March 28, 2016, 04:21:04 PM »

25th Anniversary Special. Brian squinting and reading Mike's cue cards along with Love himself.

25th Anniversary Special. Belinda's dress.

25th Anniversary Special. Carl's pants

25th Anniversary Special. Joe Piscopo

25th Anniversary Special. Mike's outfit


This was watched by 8 million viewers.

You forgot when Brian waves to Ray Charles.

And Mike's line, "Don Ho, what are YOU doing here?"

The 25th Anniverary special also had some weird "bumpers" to go in and out of commercial breaks that aired on TV, but weren't included on the home video releases (which I think may have only come out in Japan, but are probably some of the common sources for versions that float around today). One "bumper" had Brian "pumping iron."
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« Reply #23 on: March 28, 2016, 04:26:38 PM »

This bit is always pretty embarrassing, and exists in some 90s concert videos:

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« Reply #24 on: March 28, 2016, 04:28:39 PM »

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