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« on: June 17, 2020, 04:42:04 PM »

James Riley and Beth Riley start a new podcast series of artist conversations.  There's no schedule for when these will be released but will happen as time permits.  First guest is Bruce Johnston!  You probably know him as a long time member of The Beach Boys which we discuss as well as many more fun topics including Surf music origins, Bill Yerkes' book Surfboards, Stratocastors, Striped Shirts (info on how to get a special discounted copy below), how he's spending his time during the virus quarantine, International Surf Day (June 20th...which is also Brian Wilson's birthday), possible 60th Anniversary of The Beach Boys and much more!

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http://rockabillynblues.blogspot.com/2020/06/artist-spotlight-podcast-series-bruce.html
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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2020, 10:44:19 PM »

This interview this is sourced from is one of Bruceís best ever. Absolutely wonderful.


So cool to hear about him playing on Moon Dawg!

I couldnít agree more with what he said about there almost being a necessity for two BB bands, to cater to different crowds and provide different, yet complimentary, experiences. Seeing each band makes you appreciate the other. They both are excellent.

A 60th reunion seems to be in the works, even though, unsurprisingly, Bruce doesnít seem to be one of the key people coordinating it. I think heís just along for the ride with whatever Mike wants to do, heís made that clear over the years... yet, hearing him say ďsign me upĒ when talking about the BW band certainly makes me wonder about an alternate dimension where Bruce went w/ Brian instead of Mike...


The Add Some Music re-record sounds promising. Sounds like Mike, Bruce, Al, and David are involved (or to be). Wilson Phillips playing increases makes me actually think theyíll get Brian along for the ride. And for a nonprofit? Thatíd be neat.

Bruce had a lot of really neat things to say in this interview. He was extremely complimentary - off the top of my head shouting out Brian, Mike, Al, Blondie, Carl, Dennis, David, Christian Love, Scott Totten, and others with nothing but nice things to say.


Itís hard to remember how many Surf staples Bruce was involved with! Even he canít remember always 😂 Itís only when you dig and listen to these interviews that you learn how many classic Surf songs Bruce was apart of. Mind blowing.
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« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2020, 08:44:43 AM »

That's good of him to say about both bands, and he's right. There was a time when Mike's band lent a little too heavily on the inflatable palm trees side of things but they're both really good now (although to be honest, I think stuffing both bands full of hardened session musicians has its downsides). People should absolutely see both.
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« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2020, 11:44:31 AM »

It's great to hear such positivity right now!

I dig that he was saying that when he turns the TV off he feels totally fine....in my experience this is 100% correct. Not that we should completely ignore current events, but the news has a great way of making you feel 1000x more anxious than you should about certain events.

His thoughts about Brian's band are so nice. He seems absolutely confident that they could put on a perfect 60th reunion show(s)...I completely agree with him.

Also great to hear that he has been writing music during this down time.
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« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2020, 06:57:39 PM »

People on this board who've encountered Bruce who say sometimes he's not nice, and sometimes he's great. He was great here.
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« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2020, 11:41:46 AM »

When he's prepared and focused for the press, Bruce is always charming. He seems to have problems with the more spontaneous moments when folks approach him, though, to be fair, he's often perfectly pleasant under such conditions. Don Goldberg captured some of the chameleon-like traits that Bruce displays in his autobiography--though, again, that was from an especially fraught period in the band (when Bruce was clearly feeling like an odd man out during the Rieley years; and, indeed was "out" of the band within a few months of the incident Goldberg describes).

It's great to hear them talk about a 60th--pulling that off without the "bad taste in the mouth" that marred what was otherwise a pretty stellar 50th would be a wonderful way to go out. As Bruce alluded to in the podcast, it's virtually certain that there won't be a 70th.
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« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2020, 01:48:28 PM »

I guess it's not surprising, *of course* Bruce during times like this would be of the mind of "I just shut the TV off" to avoid everything. Of course Bruce Johnston would pick a moment like this to not stand up for anything.

Yes, as others have mentioned, this is the "ten thumbs up!" Bruce one usually gets during scheduled interviews.

No offense to Bruce when I say that if the band tried another reunion, I'd just be content for him to show up and be on stage, maybe sing "Disney Girls." I'm not sure what else he can add. I guess just make sure to *not* show up again on TMZ mid-tour reminding everybody how old and conservative and stuck in the past he is.
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« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2020, 03:56:02 PM »

I guess it's not surprising, *of course* Bruce during times like this would be of the mind of "I just shut the TV off" to avoid everything. Of course Bruce Johnston would pick a moment like this to not stand up for anything.

Actually he stood up for the Surfrider Foundation which has been sharing and writing about their push for racial equality at the beaches (and racial equality in general).
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« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2020, 05:02:46 PM »

I guess it's not surprising, *of course* Bruce during times like this would be of the mind of "I just shut the TV off" to avoid everything. Of course Bruce Johnston would pick a moment like this to not stand up for anything.

Actually he stood up for the Surfrider Foundation which has been sharing and writing about their push for racial equality at the beaches (and racial equality in general).

Sorry,  Bruce's politics are well known and he's pretty open about it.   I'm not saying he's never stood for or supported any good cause. I just found it unfortunate but not surprising that in the current climate his go to answer is to avoid looking at the news presumably to avoid having the feel bad about it.
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« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2020, 05:24:21 PM »

I gotta say re: Bruce. While doing the liners for the upcoming box set, we did a nearly three-hour interview. To ME -- he was the MVP. Amazing recall. Was able to put it in razor sharp perspective and proved that he's actually thought long and hard about this music. I wish we could use it all -- because he went far deeper than ever on this era, discussing at length what made this band tick during those years. He went full out. Pulled no punches.

Brian also went hardcore on the '69-'71 era in a way he hasn't anywhere else.
Depending on the day, the dude remembers -- him discussing the genesis "Marcella" was a pinch-me moment.

I CANNOT wait for you all to hear this thing. It kills me that you haven't already.
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« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2020, 06:46:41 PM »

I have to say, I myself also can barely stand to watch tv or listen to radio or follow the news on the internet.  That doesnít mean Iím not aware of current events, or that I donít care about whatís going on in the world.  Itís just that COVID-19 and racial issues are constantly beating into my head.  If I watch any media at all, itís a matter of SECONDS before Iím reminded to ďwash my hands with SOAPĒ (what else would I wash my hands with - ketchup?) or ďwear a mask in publicĒ.  Iíve been reminded THOUSANDS of times, I GET IT!!!  And Iím also very aware that this country has been screwed up about handling race issues for CENTURIES. Itís not a new issue.  I do my bit - Iíve worked in human services for 45 years (holy crap, Iím OLD!)and have worked with people from every walk of life.  I try to be fair to everyone and help where I can.
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« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2020, 07:06:48 PM »

I gotta say re: Bruce. While doing the liners for the upcoming box set, we did a nearly three-hour interview. To ME -- he was the MVP. Amazing recall. Was able to put it in razor sharp perspective and proved that he's actually thought long and hard about this music. I wish we could use it all -- because he went far deeper than ever on this era, discussing at length what made this band tick during those years. He went full out. Pulled no punches.

Brian also went hardcore on the '69-'71 era in a way he hasn't anywhere else.
Depending on the day, the dude remembers -- him discussing the genesis "Marcella" was a pinch-me moment.

I CANNOT wait for you all to hear this thing. It kills me that you haven't already.
Okay, you got me salivating.
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« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2020, 09:07:58 PM »

I guess it's not surprising, *of course* Bruce during times like this would be of the mind of "I just shut the TV off" to avoid everything. Of course Bruce Johnston would pick a moment like this to not stand up for anything.

Actually he stood up for the Surfrider Foundation which has been sharing and writing about their push for racial equality at the beaches (and racial equality in general).

Sorry,  Bruce's politics are well known and he's pretty open about it.   I'm not saying he's never stood for or supported any good cause. I just found it unfortunate but not surprising that in the current climate his go to answer is to avoid looking at the news presumably to avoid having the feel bad about it.

News it literally sensationalist theater, I don't care if you're a republican, democrat, libertarian, or Green Party...it's meant to cause anxiety to boost ratings for whatever station is running - be it CNN or Fox News. As someone who strongly believes in racial equality for all I don't feel wary of stating my true beliefs about mainstream news media, especially in the current climate...it is theater, plain and simple. So if Bruce wants to turn his TV off, I say GO BRUCE!

Bruce shouted out his Surfrider Foundation that is clearly supporting the current push for racial equality, so I honestly don't get what you're on about. Funny thing is, to my best belief Brian Wilson hasn't posted anything about the current issues on any of his social media platforms, but no one is calling him out on it. If Brian turned off the news would anyone blame him? No, because the news would probably drive him crazy. Why should it be any less believable that the news has the potential to drive Bruce crazy?

@Mtaber - Exactly! The news has done nothing but cause divisiveness and anxiety. Be proactive in trying to bring people together, be aware of current events. Bruce has done plenty to bring people together with his music....maybe if he changed his Facebook profile pic to a black box people would really see that he is doing everything he can to help fight racial injustice! /s
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« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2020, 09:27:20 AM »

I guess it's not surprising, *of course* Bruce during times like this would be of the mind of "I just shut the TV off" to avoid everything. Of course Bruce Johnston would pick a moment like this to not stand up for anything.

Actually he stood up for the Surfrider Foundation which has been sharing and writing about their push for racial equality at the beaches (and racial equality in general).



Sorry,  Bruce's politics are well known and he's pretty open about it.   I'm not saying he's never stood for or supported any good cause. I just found it unfortunate but not surprising that in the current climate his go to answer is to avoid looking at the news presumably to avoid having the feel bad about it.

News it literally sensationalist theater, I don't care if you're a republican, democrat, libertarian, or Green Party...it's meant to cause anxiety to boost ratings for whatever station is running - be it CNN or Fox News. As someone who strongly believes in racial equality for all I don't feel wary of stating my true beliefs about mainstream news media, especially in the current climate...it is theater, plain and simple. So if Bruce wants to turn his TV off, I say GO BRUCE!

Bruce shouted out his Surfrider Foundation that is clearly supporting the current push for racial equality, so I honestly don't get what you're on about. Funny thing is, to my best belief Brian Wilson hasn't posted anything about the current issues on any of his social media platforms, but no one is calling him out on it. If Brian turned off the news would anyone blame him? No, because the news would probably drive him crazy. Why should it be any less believable that the news has the potential to drive Bruce crazy?

@Mtaber - Exactly! The news has done nothing but cause divisiveness and anxiety. Be proactive in trying to bring people together, be aware of current events. Bruce has done plenty to bring people together with his music....maybe if he changed his Facebook profile pic to a black box people would really see that he is doing everything he can to help fight racial injustice! /s


Good Post. I certainly didn't get the impression Bruce was turning off the news, so as to not take a stand on anything, but rather to emphasize that we all need a break from it occasionally.

It's an interview about the roots of surf music..everything doesn't have to be a political platform
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« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2020, 07:16:40 PM »

Back to the music...

Did anybody notice that when talking about Mike's recording adventures as of late, Bruce pretty much said that he thinks Mike's albums worth of material  from early in the aughts was the one worthy of being released? Seems like he hears the same thing that a lot of us have. It's pretty plain that most of the recordings from that era were stronger than most of Unleash the Love and 12 Sides of Summer. At least Mike still used the same "Cool Head, Warm Heart" on Unleash the Love.
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« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2020, 07:22:44 PM »

Maybe this time they might actually focus on the Uk/Ireland.

Crazy to think the 50th tour just went to London, they sold like 20 thousands tickets in a few hours and never added more dates.
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