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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: January 15, 2019, 04:52:24 AM
Cool stuff.  Some nice pickin' from David.  Thanks for sharing!
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Everyone back together for a Beach Boys Q&A for Sirius XM? on: August 02, 2018, 06:15:30 AM
Mike brought shirts for Brian and Al, but when they told him they didn't have the $250 apiece that Mike was asking for them, he took them back.  Undecided
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2017 Tour Thread (Pet Sounds - The Final Performances) on: October 17, 2017, 10:07:05 AM
Probyn is playing a strat 12 string.. fender doesnt make a strat 12 string to my knowledge. so who made it i do not know. 

Fender did make a 12 string Stratocaster for a few years ('85 to '96 and reissued from '05 to '09)



They also made a 12 string Telecaster for a short time.
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: June 29, 2017, 04:17:57 PM
Blown away.  Fantastic.  A completely different album.  Tears in my eyes good.  I have to admit that I wasn't the biggest fan of this album as it was originally released.  After hearing this, I finally get it.  Subtle parts popping up everywhere.  Guitar parts, horns, stuff that I never heard before.  The vocals sound amazing.  As I listened I was feeling the same feelings as when I heard my first Smile boots all those years ago.  Thanks to Mr. Linett and Mr. Boyd, and everyone else who had a hand in this release.  Thanks to Howie Edelson for the great liner notes.  And to think I haven't even listened to the second disc yet.     
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: June 29, 2017, 09:15:16 AM
I have been informed that my copy is sitting on my dining room table, waiting for me to come home from work.  Dang, Ed, you've got me all excited. 
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Blondie and Ricky on: June 06, 2017, 03:48:41 AM
This is the only one I know of, but there may easily be more. According to Badman's caption,
"The new line-up poses for a Fender Guitars promo shot at the studio in Baambrugge,
Holland, with drummer Ricky Fataar switching convincingly to pedal steel guitar."

That's a Fender Blondie is playing?  What kind?

A Starcaster, according to this site:

http://www.tdpri.com/threads/heres-a-fender-electric-you-might-not-have-seen-before.583720/

Hmm.  Not sure if it is a Starcaster, as those weren't made until 1976.  It could be a prototype, I guess, or a Coronado-Starcaster hybrid of some sort.
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 'The Sunflower Era' Survivor To Make Our Alternate Sunflower Album on: May 05, 2017, 03:20:46 AM
Seasons In The Sun
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Paley Sessions Discussion Thread on: February 19, 2017, 06:39:04 AM
Good points, Craig. Also add Rod Stewart to the list, as the last decade was his biggest commercially successful over his career (despite artistically being the worst)

And John Fogerty
9  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Politics: 2016 Lame Duck and 2017 New Administration on: January 25, 2017, 04:03:56 AM
Apparently someone decided to lock my Daily Donald thread. I'll continue here.

One last, late-night update.

Apparently all this negative press is keeping Donald from enjoying the White House. I guess the job just isn't as fun as he expected.

Following his other actions to destroy the EPA, Donald has had ordered them to remove their page on climate change.

Donald, in his first few days as president, threatens to enact martial law in Chicago.

Donald is expected to sign several executive actions to stop immigration from mid-Eastern countries--unless he has a hotel located there.

He is also expected to sign an executive order to begin building the wall. I hope you're all ready to pay for it with more taxes.

Lastly, several different intelligence agencies and the Senate committee are investigating Donald's link to Russia. Will they find something? Hopefully.


What's the record for quickest impeachment? Let's beat that, guys.

Why was that thread locked? 
10  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Pet Peeves on: January 18, 2017, 08:54:27 AM
I've not read the whole thread, so apologies if this has been mentioned already.  I get annoyed when someone says, and I hear this literally every day, "I could care less", or even worse, "I could care".  Makes no sense. 
11  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: CNN Films: \ on: December 30, 2016, 08:53:45 AM
Thanks for the heads up, Craig.  I remember seeing some TV show, maybe "60 Minutes" or some such show, back in 1969 or '70 that did a story on this new rock band with horns.  I was maybe 13 or 14 years old and I was hooked right away.  I played saxophone in school at the time and I had just received my first guitar as a Christmas present, so they were right up my alley.  Terry Kath was a monster on guitar.  I read an article in Guitar Player magazine (I think) that said he plugged his guitar into a Bogun PA, and then ran the output of that through a Fender Dual Showman to overdrive the Fender's preamp.  These days it's easy to do that, but nobody had ever got that sound before.  Listen to "Free Form Guitar" on CTA to get an idea of what that sounded like.  I'm sorry I never got the chance to see them live back in the glory days.  I stopped buying their albums after Kath left, but they were on the radio so much after that I couldn't stop listening.

I will be setting the DVR as soon as I get home.  Thanks again.
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The BBs and guitar effects pedals on: December 14, 2016, 08:15:47 AM
I owned an MXR Phase 90 back in the '70s, as well as an MXR Distortion +.  Had a Big Muff before the Distortion +.  

Regarding the FZ-1, in Keith Richards' book, "Life", he talks about recording "Satisfaction" with it.

“It was down to one little foot pedal, the Gibson fuzz tone [sic]… I’ve only ever used foot pedals twice [the other being an XR delay on Some Girls]… effects are not my thing. I just go for quality of sound…

“I was imagining horns, trying to imitate their sound to put on the track later when we recorded. I’d already heard the riff in my head, the way Otis Redding did it later, thinking this is gonna be the horn line. But we didn’t have any horns, and I was only going to lay down a dub. The fuzz tone came in handy so I could give a shape to what the horns were supposed to do. But the fuzz tone had never been heard before anywhere, and that’s the sound that caught everybody’s imagination.”

The first time Richards heard the finished song, played over a radio station in Minnesota, he himself was shocked by the fuzz. “At first I was mortified,” Richards says, “We didn’t even know Andrew [Loog Oldham, the Stones’ manager] had put the f**king thing out! [But it was] the record of the summer of ’65, so I’m not arguing.”

The FZ-1A:


1962 ad for the FZ-1:
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The BBs and guitar effects pedals on: December 14, 2016, 03:37:13 AM
fuzz bass on SMiLE tracks like Cabinessence

Totally. I wonder if they used a Big Muff fuzz pedal on that one?

Too early for the Big Muff.  Perhaps Gibson's Maestro FZ1.
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Jeffrey Foskett and the future of the Beach Boys touring franchise on: December 09, 2016, 04:47:20 AM
Bravo, Captain! 
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Jeffrey Foskett and the future of the Beach Boys touring franchise on: December 02, 2016, 08:20:54 AM
My guess, as long as there is an "original" member (I would include any of the C50 guys), there is a chance the Beach Boys name is used on tour. Once those members are retired or deceased, we will see tribute bands, many consisting of family members, touring band members, etc. I could see a scenario where the Beach Boys name is used in the title, kind of like what Al was doing before Mike squashed that.

The Four Freshman have been mentioned a few times, but are there any other bands that have no original members that are still touring?

I'm pretty sure that the current version of Molly Hatchet has no original members. 

Also, this past summer, Foreigner played some shows without their lone original member, Mick Jones. 

The Grass Roots are touring with no original members.
16  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / R.I.P. Lew Schmidt on: November 23, 2016, 11:16:57 AM
I realize that no one here knows who Lew Schmidt was.  I'm going to tell you.  I went to high school from 1971-1974 in a small, rural, Wisconsin village.  Our family had moved to this town during the summer of 1969, so I was the new kid.  My dad had taken the job of Chief of Police in this village of about 1100 people, so I was also the cop's kid at a time when young people were still calling police officers "pigs".  I didn't like this village.  All of my friends were now 100 miles away, and I wasn't having much success in making new friends. 

So, I played guitar, and I played some more guitar.  My dad wasn't that fond of my new interest, and he certainly didn't encourage it.  Guitars were for that "rippity sh*t bang" music that the "long hairs" played, when they weren't doing drugs.  I was also a member of the high school band, playing saxophone.  While in school, I spent every spare moment in the band room.  Our band director was tough.  At a time when most schools, including ours, were doing away with dress codes for students, he would require all female students to wear skirts or dresses while in band rehearsal, and all males had to wear a collared shirt and no jeans.  And you know what?  Nobody quit the band. 

Our high school band was one of the best in the state.  We competed in concert competitions, and in marching competitions all over the state, and we usually came out with a first place trophy.  It wasn't long before I had developed a deep respect for this guy, Lew Schmidt.  Lew was a lover of music, but he was a taskmaster.  While some grumbled about rehearsing a section of music over and over until it was perfect, I loved it.  And I think he liked the fact that I was always in the band room, practicing sax, or playing piano. 

Eventually some friends and I got a little band together, and we were hired to play at a post prom dance.  I owned a bass guitar, but I had no amp.  So I asked Lew if I could use the school's bass amp for this dance.  He told me that he needed someone to play the stand up bass parts for the school musical, which was My Fair Lady, and that if I would learn how to read bass clef and learn the bass parts for the musical, then I could use the amp.  And that's just what I did.  Instead of my dad, who was also tough, it was Lew who encouraged me to keep playing music.

Fast forward to 2010...my then teen aged daughter was getting ready to attend a band camp sponsored by a local University.  I was reading through some informational material regarding the camp and I noticed that the flute instructors name was listed as L. Schmidt.  I figured that it couldn't be my Lew Schmidt, not after nearly 40 years, but knowing that he was a flute player I told my daughter that if he was an elderly man, she should tell him that he had taught me back in the '70s.  Well, sure enough it was my Lew.  After a camp concert, I had the opportunity to tell him how much he had meant to me all those years ago and beyond.  We talked for a few minutes that night, and exchanged a few e-mails in the months that followed, but sort of lost contact after that.

Lew Schmidt and his wife were killed in a car accident a week ago today.  I'm glad I got to tell him how much he inspired me when I was young.  Rest in peace, Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt.     
17  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Campaign 2016 on: November 17, 2016, 04:21:14 AM
gosh. how hard id it to figure out. people had enough of obozo's programs the past 8 years. clinton offered no change, she was going to continue obummer's crap. if she offered solutions she easily would have won. fact is, she had no solutions. the silent majority, middle class WORKING people, were/are fed up with oblamer's proghrams and their cost...obamacare, immagration, and the  cost of welfare (and having to support the 47% who are getting a free ride). they are the reason clinton lost. they got trump elected. libturds did not count of them to show up in the numbers they did. they decided the election. clinton didn't want 'em. so she lost. end of story. all who want their freebies here are upset cause they may now lose them. hope so. i have to WORK for what i have.

 Undecided Has anyone here seen the movie, "Idiocracy"?  My girlfriend and I watched it last night.  It's a silly movie, but after seeing way too much crap like this on the internet for the last year, it's also kind of scary.
18  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Campaign 2016 on: November 17, 2016, 04:04:52 AM
gosh. how hard id it to figure out. people had enough of obozo's programs the past 8 years. clinton offered no change, she was going to continue obummer's crap. if she offered solutions she easily would have won. fact is, she had no solutions. the silent majority, middle class WORKING people, were/are fed up with oblamer's proghrams and their cost...obamacare, immagration, and the  cost of welfare (and having to support the 47% who are getting a free ride). they are the reason clinton lost. they got trump elected. libturds did not count of them to show up in the numbers they did. they decided the election. clinton didn't want 'em. so she lost. end of story. all who want their freebies here are upset cause they may now lose them. hope so. i have to WORK for what i have.

I hadn't noticed this post until HeyJude quoted it, and I am glad CSM already clearly refuted it. I want to respond to it--to Forrest Gump directly, actually--from a different angle.

This post of yours lived up to many liberals' worst ideas of conservatives and/or Republican voters. When you write something full of spelling and grammatical errors and childish insults, you're not going to be taken remotely seriously. You might get a few "yeah, go get 'em!" responses from people on your "team," but what good is that? When large minorities of Americans voted for Clinton, and slightly fewer Americans voted for Trump, how can you keep a straight face with your apparent attempts at liberal-bashing silliness?

America does not need people huddling in their corners making straw men to tear down with prepackaged insults. It's childish, it's stupid, and it's fruitless. America needs people who are willing to find the best arguments their political opponents have and either agree with them or beat them with better arguments. It needs people who are willing to find areas of common ground. It needs people who can remain civil even when they disagree over specifics, assuming the other person isn't an idiot or a malevolent actor, but someone with more or less similar goals but a different idea on how to reach them. In all seriousness, do you really think the average Joe Liberal and Jane Conservative doesn't share the same basic hopes of things like peace and prosperity? That they don't all want a stable and growing economy, security from enemies without and within, protection of individual liberties to generally live without threat from fellow citizens or government? Do you really think that?

Lastly, the "all who want their freebies" line is just absurd. I pay every cent I owe in taxes and probably more, because I'm too lazy and semi-socially anxious to hire a professional to do it for me. So I do it online, even though I probably shouldn't. I make a living that puts me in a very good place; Republican tax changes would almost certainly benefit me. I don't want freebies, I want a good society. I came from a relatively poor family that had government assistance in my childhood: free school lunches, a government loan for our house, and even government food subsidies in my early childhood, though I don't remember them. Every single one of my siblings went on to graduate from college and earn a decent-to-good living. I want other people to have the same options, and I'm glad to pay for it. My family humbly and thankfully accepted benefits, and went on to pay them forward. And this was no liberal crew: I am the one and only leftie in the bunch, while the rest tend to be pretty conservative in most ways.

Conversely, how is it that you're not railing against the wealthy who "want their freebies?" Low or no taxes under guise of "job creation" when their interest has been proved by the consistently growing economy and often-record profits NOT JOB CREATION, BUT PERSONAL PROFITS. Letting the rich avoid taxes does not create jobs, typically, because jobs are just another expense to them. These are not philanthropists who want to add a few hundred thousand to the company payroll: they are capitalists who want to pay as little as nothing--down to zero if possible--on labor, just as they want to pay little or nothing on everything else, because that's how capitalism works. Those people seek freebies FAR MORE than the poor. Those people have access to lawmakers, who--surprise, surprise--write laws and regulations in their favor. Almost. Every. Time. When they take advantage, we ALL say "that's just business." Or "under the circumstances, that's just smart." Well then isn't it smart for the poor to take advantage, too? Especially since they tend to need it?

But lest I be misunderstood, don't overstate anything: I'm not opposed to some capitalist principles at all. Hard work should be rewarded. Innovation should be rewarded. Demand for a product or service, well, you deserve something from that, especially compared to the (rare) couch potato who literally won't get off his ass to put in a day's work. But most poor people I know--and most poor people I've ever known--are not that rare couch potato. Most people find dignity in work. They believe in hard work. And sometimes life just fucks them. Maybe their company decided to trim yet another layer of middle managers; maybe their company left the region for another state or country; maybe they've been replaced by a computer or a robot. And maybe, quite possibly, their new job exists, but has no benefits--allows up to only 31.5 hours.week to avoid any hint of benefits!--and pays minimum wage. Well, ain't life grand? We can say "f*** those losers and the other 46.9999%," or we can be decent human beings and agree that "there but for the grace of God go I." Funny how people tend to be pretty forgiving of those in their own families or communities who hit hard times, but so suspicious and downright nasty toward "them."
That was too long a post and I know nobody cares anyway. But let's sum up with that great piece of political and social philosophy, as eloquently stated by Joe Pesci's character Nicky Santoro in Casino: "Be fuckin' nice."

It's not that hard. Civil conversation. Empathy. Commonality. Honest debate without petty name-calling that would get your middle-schooler sent to the office.

Excellent post. 



   

19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2017 Tour Thread (Pet Sounds - The Final Performances) on: October 14, 2016, 06:05:19 AM
Yesterday I put in my order for two tickets for the show in Milwaukee.  The Riverside Theater's website wasn't giving me very good seating choices, so I called the box office and got seats that I am pleased with.  Front row of the balcony, so no one will be standing or dancing in front of me.  I'm all for rock n roll and everything, but I'm 60 years old with bad knees and I can't Dance Dance Dance like I used to.  I'm excited. 
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: good vibrations Poster on: October 07, 2016, 11:08:09 AM
All You Need Is Love
All You Need Is Love
All You Need Is Love, Love
Love is all you need
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike opens up about Melinda. on: September 16, 2016, 10:10:50 AM
In the concert review section of this message board, we can find reports of all of the Beach Boys shows from 2012. I guess this is the one, that was referenced to in the interview:


http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php/topic,13127.0.html


Our user "Cool Water" wrote about the soundcheck and Mike asking Brian if Ambha could sing SOS:

http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php/topic,13127.msg280436.html#msg280436

Ah, thanks.  So the Melinda/Jackie thing happened exactly one week (three shows during that week) before the "no more shows for Wilson" e-mail.  
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike opens up about Melinda. on: September 16, 2016, 09:35:28 AM
Just curious...does anyone know the date of this Melinda/Jackie incident.  FdP suggests that Mike was ready to quit the tour over it.  Could it also have been the catalyst for the "no more shows for Wilson" e-mail?

In addition, what was the date that the Touring Corporation (whatever it was called) signed the agreement to add 25 or so more shows to the tour?
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike opens up about Melinda. on: September 16, 2016, 09:24:02 AM
Just curious...does anyone know the date of this Melinda/Jackie incident.  FdP suggests that Mike was ready to quit the tour over it.  Could it also have been the catalyst for the "no more shows for Wilson" e-mail?
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike opens up about Melinda. on: September 16, 2016, 08:38:31 AM
Hey Jude - I am dealing strictly with the contents of the book.  

Okay, filledeplage.  Since you have read the entire book, I have a question for you.

In the CBS news interview, Mike says this:

“Yeah. She once told me that ‘Brian’s not your partner. I’m your f****ng partner.’ That’s what she said,” Love said.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/beach-boys-mike-love-opens-up-drama-with-cousin-brian-wilson/

Another poster who I assume has also read the book (I could be wrong, that's why I'm asking you) says that Melinda didn't speak these words to Mike.  Rather, Melinda was speaking to Mike's wife and the exchange was more along these lines:

Melinda "storms" to Jacquelyne, says Ambha can't sing a Brian lead
Mike's wife replies, "Mike already discussed the matter with his partner, Brian.”
And Melinda answers, “Mike’s not his fucking partner. I’m his fucking partner.”

Two very different accounts of what I assume to be the same event.  
One version says Melinda told Mike that Brian wasn't Mike's partner, and that she (Melinda) was Mike's partner.
The other version says that Melinda told Mike's wife that Mike's not Brian's partner, and that she (Melinda) was Brian's partner.
Which of these two versions is in Mike's book?

Cheers Beer


Did you really hope to get a real answer to a question by FdP?

I was hoping.  Not sure why.  She does say that neither Brian nor Mike was there for this little dust up, so I assume that it was Melinda and Mike's wife having the conversation.
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike opens up about Melinda. on: September 16, 2016, 08:27:10 AM
Can anybody who has read the book please answer LostArt's question? Is Mike telling two wildly different accounts of the same story?

We don't know because CBS is not in the book.  I guess.   Thud
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