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Question: Who is your favourite Beach Boy
Brian Wilson
Carl Wilson
Dennis Wilson
Al Jardine
Mike Love
Bruce Johnston
Other

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« Reply #100 on: February 12, 2014, 02:07:44 PM »

I love all the original Beach Boys, and I'd include David as an original, even Bruce as a longtime member.  If you're talking about musical contributions, how could anyone NOT like them all.  They all contributed in varying degrees to what was the most distinctive (and best, in my opinion) sound in modern music.

That said, my favorite now and always is Carl Wilson.  And it's not even close.  Carl or more precisely, his absence is the reason the group we heard and loved during the C50 tour could not quite measure up, vocally, to the band we fell in love with in the early 60s; and the band that kept its longtime fans in total awe for almost four decades.

Best answer I have seen!   I myself just ASSUMED the touring Beach Boys were history when Carl died and was shocked that the group continued because in the post-Brian AWOL era Carl seemed to BE the Beach Boys, even making Kokomo tolerable.   The lineup on TWGMTR and the 50 tour was acceptable to me and having David Marks onboard went a long way to make it legit to me but still a huge part of the soul was missing.   Closest thing to a "real" Beach Boys lineup we have seen in decades though.

Thanks for the compliment, slim.  However, I failed to verbalize a thought I was searching for.  You supplied it:  "A huge part of the soul was missing."  Indeed.  And that's what Carl Wilson's absence meant to me, also.
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« Reply #101 on: February 12, 2014, 09:02:56 PM »

They are all great for different reasons. I refuse to choose.
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« Reply #102 on: February 12, 2014, 10:05:59 PM »

I love all the original Beach Boys, and I'd include David as an original, even Bruce as a longtime member.  If you're talking about musical contributions, how could anyone NOT like them all.  They all contributed in varying degrees to what was the most distinctive (and best, in my opinion) sound in modern music.

That said, my favorite now and always is Carl Wilson.  And it's not even close.  Carl or more precisely, his absence is the reason the group we heard and loved during the C50 tour could not quite measure up, vocally, to the band we fell in love with in the early 60s; and the band that kept its longtime fans in total awe for almost four decades.

Best answer I have seen!   I myself just ASSUMED the touring Beach Boys were history when Carl died and was shocked that the group continued because in the post-Brian AWOL era Carl seemed to BE the Beach Boys, even making Kokomo tolerable.   The lineup on TWGMTR and the 50 tour was acceptable to me and having David Marks onboard went a long way to make it legit to me but still a huge part of the soul was missing.   Closest thing to a "real" Beach Boys lineup we have seen in decades though.
I didn't get to attend any C50 concerts, but I did watch the DVD, and even though I knew that Carl wasn't going to be on it, I still felt his absence. I guess I learned to live with Dennis' absence, attended a lot of BB's show after his passing, and always enjoyed them, but Carl....he made the group what it was for me in the 80's/90's.
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« Reply #103 on: February 13, 2014, 05:35:36 AM »

I wonder which Beach Boy would be our favorite if we had to actually hang out with them?   
I doubt it would be Brian because of his instability.    Which one is reputed to be the most pleasant in person?
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« Reply #104 on: February 13, 2014, 05:54:42 AM »

I wonder which Beach Boy would be our favorite if we had to actually hang out with them?  
I doubt it would be Brian because of his instability.    Which one is reputed to be the most pleasant in person?

I would've loved to hang out with both Dennis and Carl. Modern-day Brian would make me too nervous, I wouldn't know what to say. But 60's and 70's Brian, sure.
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A band called The Beach Boys are mostly going to be a fun in the sun-themed group. And that has, is, and will always be just as it should. There needs to be ONE classic band that isn't a pack of endless "artistic" moan. All people wanna do is make The Beach Boys into another Beatles they are less tired of.
And, for anyone who has actually experienced them, surfing and cars carry PLENTY of emotion and life experience. They can carry as much metaphor as any Van Dyke Parks clever epistle.
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« Reply #105 on: March 24, 2015, 09:51:58 AM »

Brian is my favorite Beach Boy for many different reasons, with Dennis being my second for many different reasons as well. But if I were to spend a significant amount of time with all members of the Beach Boys something tells me that Al would be the guy I would feel the most comfortable being with.
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« Reply #106 on: July 17, 2015, 09:59:54 PM »

Brian is my favorite Beach Boy for many different reasons, with Dennis being my second for many different reasons as well. But if I were to spend a significant amount of time with all members of the Beach Boys something tells me that Al would be the guy I would feel the most comfortable being with.
Possibly, but Carl is the one that would go out of his way to make you feel comfortable.
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« Reply #107 on: July 18, 2015, 01:40:41 PM »

Brian

Carl
Dennis
Al
Mike
Bruce
David

with appreciation for everyone who has worked with and supported them
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« Reply #108 on: October 12, 2015, 11:19:15 PM »

Brian. I mean...c'mon.
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« Reply #109 on: February 28, 2016, 08:25:40 PM »

Brian is my favorite.
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« Reply #110 on: February 29, 2016, 05:33:37 AM »

Let's see........

1.  Brian Wilson - Well.....genius

2.  Dennis Wilson - His output contributed to the greatest of the 2nd golden era

3.  Al Jardine - Underused member

4.  Carl Wilson - Voice of an angel

5.  Mike Love - The guy is by no means a saint, but I don't think he deserves the hate he gets. 

6.  Bruce Johnston

7.  Blondie Chaplin - Had some nice leads on the Holland album

8.  David Marks

9.  Ricky Fataar - My 9th favorite Beach Boy, but my #1 Rutle

10. John Stamos - From Love and Mercy to Have Mercy. 
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« Reply #111 on: March 06, 2016, 11:53:33 AM »

Al is 3rd in your ranking? This is cool. I don't have to name my favorite now, do I? police

& yes, Ricky was great as George, if a little darker horse.

Yeah, I kinda have Al and Carl tied for my number 3.  I think Al's voice in criminally underused in the entire BB catalog. 
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