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« on: January 19, 2006, 04:30:44 AM »

Can anyone post the original lyrics to this song?
And why the f*** wasn't this song released as a single. Sounds like it would have been a sure #1 Hit.
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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2006, 07:06:15 AM »

...or at least top out at like... 98.6.
Totally rad.
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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2006, 09:42:20 AM »

Dreadful song.  One of several attempts to rekindle that summer is fun vibe - see It's Okay, It's a Beautiful Day, Keepin' the Summer Alive etc.  This has to be one of the worst.
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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2006, 11:00:43 AM »

I think it's good but it has bad lyrics. And it's commercial, so it could have been a hit. They should have released it as a follow up to "Getcha Back", which has that same "old" feel. And also Ringo Starr played drums on it, so it really could have sold....
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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2006, 11:09:22 AM »

Mike's nasal vocals ruin this song for me. There's a version with Al on vocals that's much less irritating and much more enjoyable.
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« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2006, 11:39:38 AM »

Yeah, I also enjoy the parts that Al sings more than Mike's but there is worse stuff of Mike out there.... Grin
The "Al"-version you talk about, is that the one with the different lyrics? Are they any better?
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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2006, 11:49:09 AM »

They're "different", some might say better. It's just another unused version.
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« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2006, 01:17:28 PM »

Horrid. But still better than Passing Friend.
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« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2006, 04:18:32 PM »

Horrid. But still better than Passing Friend.

Disagree, only on the basis of Carl's vocals being 1000000 times better than Mike's.
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« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2006, 08:40:10 AM »

I like Passing Friend. A lot.

And California Calling truly is a piece of crap.  Ringo's guest drumming is the only saving grace.
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« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2006, 03:55:33 AM »

It seems to me that using hindsight now, following Getcha Back, the song would have been riding that momentum and charted pretty good. I really like the song, except for "totally rad" .......but that's just a minor quibble
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« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2006, 10:56:39 AM »

The song is alright I think, but it really messes with the flow of the 85 album.  If that song had been written and produced by Brian Wilson in 1964, it probably would have been a top 10 hit.  But it just sounds absurdly out of place for 1985.  Maybe if they had used real instruments, it might have sounded better.
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« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2006, 11:00:28 AM »

It seems to me that using hindsight now, following Getcha Back, the song would have been riding that momentum and charted pretty good. I really like the song, except for "totally rad" .......but that's just a minor quibble

Exactly. That was part of my question. It was the obvious single, so why didn't they release it? Had it something to do with Landy....?
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« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2006, 12:18:40 PM »

If my memory is correct, Landy isn't credited on the song- just Brian and Al.

It's Gettin' Late still charted in the low 90's I think.

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