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« on: November 01, 2017, 11:12:08 AM »

Today I was reading about The Beach Boys and there was a movie mentioned called The Beach Boys Today from 1993. It was apparently shown on TV and filmed from 1992-93. I've never heard of this before. I'd be really interested to see it, if anyone knows how.
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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2017, 11:22:54 AM »

Today I was reading about The Beach Boys and there was a movie mentioned called The Beach Boys Today from 1993. It was apparently shown on TV and filmed from 1992-93. I've never heard of this before. I'd be really interested to see it, if anyone knows how.

I just looked it up on IMDB.  Apparently, it's a 50 min documentary of The Beach Boys 1992-93 Tour:

"A road film with the Carl Wilson-led touring Beach Boys, filmed in 1992-93 and including in depth interviews with all band members.
Director: Michael Feeney Callan
Writer: Michael Feeney Callan
Star: The Beach Boys"
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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2017, 11:43:39 AM »

You can see some clips from the movie here:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/MichaelFeeneyCallan/videos/
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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2017, 11:52:39 AM »

You can see some clips from the movie here:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/MichaelFeeneyCallan/videos/


Wow! I never saw that stuff.
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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2017, 11:53:25 AM »

That's a documentary, often floating around titled as "30th Anniversary Special" or something along those lines.

It's an interesting time capsule from that period of time. I recall that they get a bit into the Landy stuff, but Carl doesn't want to go too much into it.
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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2017, 12:02:12 PM »

It just looks like a bunch of old stuff!
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« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2017, 12:16:04 PM »

It just looks like a bunch of old stuff!

In a documentary? No....surely not?
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« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2017, 08:52:19 PM »

There have been multiple threads on here over the years asking to find it....AFAIK never been a link to it online, was only traded on vhs back in the day....anyone know if anythings changed? i even messaged the guy on FB and asked if i could buy it somehow and he never replied
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« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2017, 10:28:18 PM »

You can see some clips from the movie here:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/MichaelFeeneyCallan/videos/


Wow! I never saw that stuff.
You can see Carl almost seeming to get emotional talking about Brian and drugs.
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« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2017, 01:08:37 AM »

Did this ever air on any network?
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« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2017, 02:21:16 AM »

Looks like a gem for the Carl footage, what a loss that it's more or less unavailable!

Did Bruce refuse to appear on camera? I heard him but didn't see him.
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« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2017, 04:56:27 AM »

Looks like a gem for the Carl footage, what a loss that it's more or less unavailable!

Did Bruce refuse to appear on camera? I heard him but didn't see him.

I saw Bruce in multiple clips.  Many of the clips are duplicated, but I think there were about 5 unique clips.
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« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2017, 06:01:22 AM »

Interesting Al clip talking about the confusing transition from Smile to Smiley Smile, and I think Carl pretty much nails it on why Brian couldn't complete Smile.
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« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2017, 06:11:10 AM »

It would be cool if this was made available via release, but that goes for about a million different films/videos.

I mean, what is really still in print as far as the BBs on video? A couple of C50 items, Knebworth 1980, the '76 NBC special, the American Band/IJWMFTT two-fer, the recent Pet Sounds documentary, and maybe a few other curios. Even "The Lost Concert" and "Endless Harmony" appear to be out of print.

I'm not sure how well the Feeney Callan documentary serves as a career-spanning doc, but it's most interesting as a time capsule of that particular period in the band's history.

And it definitely aired somewhere on TV (I always assumed in the UK?), because I've got a copy of the whole thing buried away somewhere on VHS and/or DVD. I remember the first time I saw it, it was labeled as a "30th Anniversary Special", and I assumed it would be some sort of concert thing (I recall that the BBs did some sort of gig around the Capitol building to celebrate their 30th anniversary), but it's in fact a kind of capsulated documentary from around 1991/1992.

I recall one segment where Carl talks about each backing band member, because this was all done during that relatively brief period in 1990-1992 when Adrian Baker had returned.
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« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2017, 06:16:05 AM »

Wow, I'm glad I bought Endless Harmony and the Lost Concert when I did. 

On Amazon, Endless Harmony is selling on Marketplace as high as $40.25, and Lost Concert is going for as high as $53.45
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« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2017, 06:19:26 AM »

Wow, I'm glad I bought Endless Harmony and the Lost Concert when I did. 

On Amazon, Endless Harmony is selling on Marketplace as high as $40.25, and Lost Concert is going for as high as $53.45

The Amazon third party marketplace, when it comes out-of-print stuff, is usually on the higher end/inflated. It appears sold items on eBay indicate you can still get both for a relatively cheap price, though sometimes it requires some patience.

Unfortunately, I'm guessing the rights to the film just lapsed and that's why EH is out of print. I'd love to think they're planning a new, longer, career-spanning documentary to replace it. But I doubt it at this stage.
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« Reply #16 on: November 02, 2017, 06:24:35 AM »

Wow, I'm glad I bought Endless Harmony and the Lost Concert when I did. 

On Amazon, Endless Harmony is selling on Marketplace as high as $40.25, and Lost Concert is going for as high as $53.45

The Amazon third party marketplace, when it comes out-of-print stuff, is usually on the higher end/inflated. It appears sold items on eBay indicate you can still get both for a relatively cheap price, though sometimes it requires some patience.

Unfortunately, I'm guessing the rights to the film just lapsed and that's why EH is out of print. I'd love to think they're planning a new, longer, career-spanning documentary to replace it. But I doubt it at this stage.

This is true, but if you had an item to your wishlist, you can get lucky with marketplace items.   I think sometimes a seller will see the other high prices, and undercut them just to move the item.  That's how I got a copy of the Al Jardine Friends and Family CD on the cheap a couple years ago. 
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« Reply #17 on: November 02, 2017, 09:15:48 AM »

To the very best of my knowledge this was never aired anywhere (lack of sponsorship finance possibly)
Anyhow, and I hope I dont get a nasty email from BRI but I do own a copy of this on VHS tape (not that I currently have anything to play it on) - got it well over 20 years ago from a 3rd party AND yes from memory it is rather good
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« Reply #18 on: November 02, 2017, 09:33:38 AM »

As someone who recorded, dubbed, and scrounged around for anything broadcast or out on video on the band at this exact time, I don't recall this one at all. I've never seen it and definitely don't have it, and I'd watch it for the historical value.

What sticks in my mind in terms of the present day 2017 and what we know was going on with Brian and Landy, I wonder if anything related to that got mentioned in these interviews. This would have been when things were really bad...and for me it's kind of tough to see the band members on camera while Landy and his "team" were all but sending Brian Wilson to an early grave with their therapy methods and quack medicine.
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« Reply #19 on: November 02, 2017, 11:32:18 AM »

There is a rather nice live take of 'Please Let Me Wonder' with Bruce on lead vox (recorded I believe in Glasgow in 1991) and great narration by Carl of the support musicians (with sound check footage)  including Carl stating that Billy is the funniest man in the world
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« Reply #20 on: November 02, 2017, 11:46:12 AM »

I'd love to see this. The clips on that dude's Facebook page are tantalizing.
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« Reply #21 on: November 02, 2017, 11:54:21 AM »

It aired twice on tv in europe
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« Reply #22 on: November 02, 2017, 12:13:39 PM »

I want to see the full film so bad! Carl talking about the musicians + Bruce singing Please Let Me Wonder sounds amazing!!!!
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« Reply #23 on: November 02, 2017, 01:01:02 PM »

It aired twice on tv in europe

Yeah, it always struck me as something that was taped off of TV. Not that "unaired" stuff never escapes (e.g. "Our Team"), but when I got this back however many years ago, I hadn't previously heard of it.

According to IMDB, this doc was a co-production with RTE out of Ireland.

I can't remember for sure, but I wouldn't be surprised if this full doc was previously up on YouTube on that epic Beach Boys channel that was taken down. You know, because what fans *really* need to be protected from is random TV news blurbs and Merv Griffin interviews....
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« Reply #24 on: November 02, 2017, 05:12:39 PM »

I've posted about this before.

It is a really good documentary, shot during the 1991 Tour.  As well as Please Let Me Wonder from Glasgow there is a fabulous God Only Knows.  I was at the Glasgow gig and couldn't believe it when I saw this at the Stomp Convention in 1992.  Copies were later traded and I have it on VHS.  I think I copied it to DVD last year.  I'd need to locate it.  I have never seen it on YouTube.  The interviews are really interesting.  I think some of the interviews appear to have been shot in the then Moat House hotel in Glasgow where they stayed on that 1991 Tour.
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