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151  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Working titles: What they mean and cool stories behind them on: April 30, 2013, 08:49:52 PM
"Just call it Granny Smith Part Friggin' Two!"
152  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / A very Rutle-y Christmas present! on: December 24, 2012, 10:24:39 PM
Thought someone here might enjoy this........ I decided recently to use Rutles, Bonzos and Flames material to try and construct a full length "Sgt. Rutter's Only Darts Club Band" LP.  (Other Beatle fans suggested I should make it crackly and mono, to add an air of legitimacy!  Cheesy)  The goal obviously being to find an equivalent for every Beatles song.  Well, in time for Christmas, here's a complete side one!

01) Major Happy's Up and Coming Once Upon A Good Time Band [Nasty/McQuickly]
02) Nevertheless [Nasty/McQuickly]
03) Good Times Roll [Nasty/McQuickly]
04) The Knicker Elastic King [Nasty/McQuickly]
05) Equestrian Statue [Nasty/McQuickly]
06) She's Leaving Home [trad. arr. Nasty/McQuickly]
07) Being For The Benefit Of Mankind! [Nasty/McQuickly]

And in case you're curious, here's the track list of side two (which I haven't completed yet, still a bit of work to be done....)

01) Solitude [O'Hara]
02) Nevertheless [O'Hara]
03) Back In '64 [Nasty/McQuickly]
04) Rockaliser Baby [Nasty/McQuickly]
05) Major Happy's Up and Coming Once Upon A Good Time Band - reprise [Nasty/McQuickly]
06) Cheese and Onions [Nasty/McQuickly]

Do I have to spell it out?  Wink
153  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Long Mix of Hereos & Villains on: November 07, 2012, 07:04:48 PM
I LOVE your "Part 1", and I hope to hear plenty more! 
154  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Rendezvous on: November 07, 2012, 07:04:11 PM
Shame nothing became of Walkin'.... it's an interesting little song, albeit totally unrelated to its title!
155  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Long Mix of Hereos & Villains on: November 06, 2012, 05:04:54 PM
I'll give it a listen - the longer the H&V, the better!!  (My longest was twelve minutes, but I thought it lacked flow.... I built onto the 10-minute version from the Odeon CD.)
156  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Chumbawamba, 1982-2012 on: August 31, 2012, 06:29:11 PM
Nothing major - harder words were cut from the dialogue between songs.
157  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Chumbawamba, 1982-2012 on: August 28, 2012, 09:05:29 PM
This list of albums is nowhere *close* to everything they put out.... this doesn't touch the mountain of full-length demo tapes, plus Danbert's solo albums, all of their EP's and singles with non-album material, the boatload of punk compilations they contributed songs for, etcetera, etcetera.  I'm trying to collect it all at the moment.
158  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Chumbawamba, 1982-2012 on: August 27, 2012, 07:26:53 PM
I thought I'd mention this here since no one seems to have a thread about it.... Chumbawamba announced last month that they were calling it quits, permanently, after a thirty-year career.

I always thought Chumbawamba got the short end of the stick in America - one overplayed hit that no one knew the meaning of anyway, and they were forgotten.  Hell, I stopped telling people they were my favorite band, because they'd ask why I still liked "some one hit wonder from the Nineties."  They were so much more than that; even their lesser albums ("Slap!" is truly awful, in my opinion) have their moments.  Their lyrics often mock the faults of the world in ways I've never heard another band do, and if they took offense at a particular topic - like copyright - they skewered the living hell out of it.  (For example, at the peak of the Metallica/Napster controversy, they released a song exclusively as a free MP3, blatantly sampling music from the artists who spoke out against Napster.  The main hook was the guitar riff from "Enter Sandman"!)

So, if you're the downloading type - their CD's are ridiculously expensive now - here's a quick overview of their albums.

1986 - Pictures of Starving Children Sell Records
1987 - Never Mind The Ballots... Here's The Rest Of Your Life  [These two are commonly found as a compilation CD called 'First 2'.]
1988 - English Rebel Songs 1381-1914  [Literally.  After two raucous, punk-ish albums, they put out a disc of beautiful acapella folk songs!]
1988 - 101 Songs About Sport  [Again, literally!  Under the name 'Sportchestra', they recorded 101 very brief ditties about English football.]

1990 - Slap!  [Their first pop album.  Only eight songs - and a reprise - all of which are long and repetitious.]
1992 - Jesus H. Christ  [Never released, due to a multitude of samples and musical references they couldn't gain permission for.  It's a shame, because this has always been my absolute favorite Chumbawamba album... and thankfully, one easy to find in bootleg form.]
1992 - Shhh  [What became of "JHC".  New arrangements to remove the samples, and new lyrics attacking copyright.  Quite hilarious and bitter in spots.]
1994 - Anarchy  [Probably better known for its graphic cover, but contains many of their best known songs.]
1995 - Showbusiness!  [A live album, drawing heavily from "Anarchy."  High energy all around... the revamped version of 'Stitch That' from Shhh is AMAZING.]
1995 - Swingin' With Raymond  [Sort of a failed concept album, split into two distinct halves - 'love songs' and 'hate songs'.  Still has a fair bit of decent material, though, albeit feeling half-baked.  I did my own re-edit of this album that fleshed out the concept.]
1997 - Tubthumper  [*sigh*  The album they disowned.  If you must get it, ignore the censored American version.  Try to find the Japanese version with no censorship and five extra tracks to boot.]
1997 - Amnesia  [Released only in Japan.  Aside from numerous versions of 'Amnesia', including two re-interpretations by other artists, much of the disc consists of country-styled renditions of mostly recent and a couple less-recent Chumba tracks.  Surprisingly, these are all fantastic and well done, making this odd 'album' worth the hunt.  Incidentally, a similar set of remakes was done for tracks from 'WYSIWYG', but only ever saw the light of day on an impossible-to-find German promo disc.]  
1998 - Uneasy Listening  [A collection put together solely to tempt 'Tubthumper' buyers into scoping out their older albums - though oddly, this never came out in the US!  Sadly, the title is correct, as the tracklist is a total mishmash; outdated punk songs sitting awkwardly amongst pop songs, filler tracks already pointless on prior albums, obscure compilation tracks, and only one new song.  Not worth it, really.  The fact that they ended up including 'Tubthumper' as a 'bonus disc' says something.]
1999 - WYSIWYG  [Their second and last non-independent release, this time full of the outspoken anarchism they had to tone down for "Tubthumper."  One can't deny, though, that "She's Got All The Friends" is an obvious "Tubthumping" copycat...]
2002 - Readymades  [It's hard to categorize this album.... 'techno folk', maybe?  Pointed lyrics, beautiful melodies, and you can dance to it.]
2003 - Revengers Tragedy  [Their score for the movie of the same title.  Mostly instrumental, but the music strongly resembles the "Readymades" style.]
2003 - English Rebel Songs 1381-1984  [A re-recording, with a slightly different song selection.  I never understood the point... the original is great.]
2004 - Un  [The last album to feature Danbert Nobacon, and one that sadly creeps back into "Slap!"-style repetition to pad out material.  This one never impressed me.]

2005 - A Singsong and a Scrap  [And with this album, Chumbawamba became a mostly-acoustic group that did strictly folk.  Like those that followed, this album is a true gem.]
2006 - Get On With It!  [Another live album, vastly different from "Showbusiness!"  Heavy on material from 'Singsong' and 'English Rebel Songs', though they do dip briefly into their old material, now rearranged to fit their much tamer sound.]
2008 - The Boy Bands Have Won  [Back to the WYSIWYG style of packing an album with brief-but-memorable tracks; two of which, the incredibly relevant "Add Me" and the amazing true story "El Fusilado", stand out above the others.]
2010 - ABCDEFG  [Their final proper album, sounding similar to 'Boy Bands' but with each song centered around the theme of music.  "Torturing James Hetfield" is hilarious, with Chumbawamba turning their own brief success into a punchline.]
2012 - Big Society!  [Unfortunately, I haven't heard this one!  All I know is that it's a cast album for a stage show in which Chumbawamba starred.  This is to be the last full-length release under their collective name.]

Seriously, I can't stress enough how rewarding it'll be to hunt down their other albums, especially if you only remember 'that one'.  You'll be amazed at just how unrepresentative of their music "Tubthumping" actually was.
159  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Smile and \ on: August 21, 2012, 10:03:46 PM
The first time I heard "Rhapsody In Blue", I could not stop thinking about "Heroes and Villains."

Well, and the single version of Chumbawamba's "I Never Gave Up," because they stole one of its key melodies. :-P
160  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Remember The Zoo - creating the title track on: July 16, 2012, 02:33:36 PM
Yeah, that's an elephant.

I'd like to have the song end in a stampede or something.... but that seems a bit too "Good Morning" and not original.
161  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Remember The Zoo - creating the title track on: July 15, 2012, 09:26:52 PM
Thought I'd give the board a preview of the track that's holding up my "Zoo" project.... the title track, which is about 66% done at the moment.

I'm trying to scour free sound effect websites for animal sounds I feel best fit each part of the song - and if I can get those animal sounds in synch with the rhythm, that's a definite plus.  But as you can tell, there are still a lot of effect-free gaps I should fill.

And if you're wondering which version of "Pet Sounds" I'm 'defacing'.... it's the boxed-set rough mix, OOPSed to strip it down even further. :-)  The reverb-y remnants of percussion sound quite jungle-esque.
162  Smiley Smile Stuff / The Beach Boys Media / Re: California Girls Sessions on: July 14, 2012, 09:39:00 PM
Join the forum and look for djole.  That guy has damn near every variation of every note the Beach Boys ever recorded in his archives, 320k to boot.
163  Smiley Smile Stuff / The Beach Boys Media / Re: Mike Love/Howard Stern on: July 14, 2012, 09:37:39 PM
I've heard the 1998 Brian interview, and Brian seemed totally game.  The only musicians that Howard really ever pissed off were the Bee Gees - who were just notoriously bad at laughing at themselves.

Hell, Howard even defended Brian when some idiot guy called to ask why Howard's guest talked like "Crackhead Bob".
164  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 'Remember The Zoo' - TheLazenby's audio reconstruction! on: July 13, 2012, 08:42:01 PM

I've got a bad case of the Brian's, because I just can't seem to finish the title track.... I need to force myself through that someday. 
165  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: TheLazenby Remembers The Zoo - an audio mix! on: July 11, 2012, 10:53:51 PM
Hey, remember the back cover from Capitol's "Remember The Zoo" CD? :-P

(Yes... I actually had to piece that together letter by letter.  God help me.)
166  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mount Vernon and Fairway vs The Point! on: July 06, 2012, 07:42:39 PM
"Mount Vernon" is wonderful.  People can't complain about it being 'on' a Beach Boys album... it came WITH a Beach Boys album.  (Okay, it's on the CD, but still...)

Holland and Mount Vernon are two completely separate entities.
167  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Alternate Version Of Wind Chimes? on: July 06, 2012, 04:35:46 PM
What about the extra instrumentation in the verses?
168  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Dennis Wilson And Rumbo on: July 06, 2012, 04:34:43 PM
I live for the day when I see the title "DENNIS WILSON POOPS" on an album cover.

Unfortunately, that title makes a promise that the contents just will not deliver.
169  Smiley Smile Stuff / 1970's Beach Boys Albums / Re: Holland on: July 04, 2012, 09:07:25 PM
"We Got Love" is actually a really fantastic song that should've been added to the CD or something.  (The two Flames were screwed twice by the Boys at large - once with this song, and once again with the completely unreleased "Hard Times", which by any other band could've been an easy radio hit.)

Having finally listened to the whole 'California Saga' trilogy, I really like The Beaks of Eagles.  A lot more than Californ-I-A, even.
170  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Downer Wife/Girlfriend Hubby/Boyfriend Comments on: July 02, 2012, 08:06:33 PM
The day I bought Pet Sounds on CD, I made the mistake of putting it on in the car.... my parents ACTUALLY turned it off, because "You Still Believe In Me" 'sucked' to  them.

Who the F**K turns off Pet Sounds?!
171  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: All unreleased albums?? on: July 02, 2012, 08:04:46 PM
Don't recommend doing *what*?  Discussing "Carnival", a song that's been bootlegged for years and sucks anyway??

Anyway.... I repeat, what's this about a phantom self-titled LP? :-)
172  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Beatles 50th? on: July 01, 2012, 10:18:22 PM
*shrug*  I was always under the impression they did.... I even remember seeing that as the first track on "Anthology 3" in a rough tracklist.
173  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: What Love You song should be added to the setlist? on: July 01, 2012, 09:24:36 PM
Well, no, he didn't... he just couldn't compare to Ed's McMahonly tone.
174  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Phony 'Landlocked' ad? on: July 01, 2012, 09:08:09 PM
That's the one!
175  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: LPs Where Side 2 is Mediocre/Awful Compared to Side 1 on: July 01, 2012, 09:06:28 PM
"In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" and "Meddle."

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