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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys fan meeting in Baambrugge August 14th 2022 on: August 15, 2022, 08:12:56 AM
Put me down tentatively.

It only just occurred to me that you were the Aussie from Germany who arrived a little later than the rest. Very cool!
2  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: What Is Your Favorite Soundtrack? on: August 09, 2022, 10:54:25 AM
I think you'd need to see I dolci inganni (Sweet Deceptions, 1960) before the OST made any sense. I watched it a few days ago and was enchanted:
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: I recreate Help Me, Rhonda on: July 29, 2022, 05:13:59 AM
I’m not sure whether this falls under constructive criticism, JH, but I’d say you nailed it! And it was certainly worth the wait, as always. Wink

If Brian is not yet aware of what you are doing for the future of his music, it’s high time he was. (Paging Howie E…)
4  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the "What are you listening to now?" thread on: July 23, 2022, 02:06:32 AM
Listening to this recent gem by Beach Boy Land's favourite mandolinist:
5  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The 50s on: June 18, 2022, 06:08:21 AM
Earlier in the week I found myself revisiting this obscure rockabilly gem but I have absolutely no idea how I got there! Sonny Burgess's "Red Headed Woman" dates from 1956:
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Video on Getting a Beach Boys Guitar Sound on: June 15, 2022, 02:11:02 PM
Really looking forward to "Rhonda". But what a wonderful way to tide us over until then! I suspect those "several people" have been watching the new video with open mouths. It's not for the faint of heart, to be sure -- but what a fantastic trip for those who can handle it! Thank you. 
7  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Bonus Tracks That Are Better Than \ on: June 08, 2022, 07:28:19 AM
Interesting topic, pm. The bonus track (actually a combination of bonus tracks) that comes straight to my mind is "Can't Wait Too Long" on the SS/WH twofer.  I couldn't believe my ears the first time I heard it -- it was like a whole new world opening up. I say combination of tracks, because its predecessor is the a cappella "Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring" and the contrast couldn't be greater, from that song's intimate chamber setting to the musical equivalent of a tropical landscape.   
8  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Songs you are obsessing over. on: June 05, 2022, 03:53:34 AM
Right now I'm obsessing over these three tracks, beginning with the most obsessive of the three:

"Battleflag" (Lo Fidelity Allstars ft. Pigeonhed):

"Injected With A Poison" (Praga Khan):

"The Wedding" (Man Jumping):
9  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Album Closers on: May 25, 2022, 04:36:06 AM
This must be the most unsettling pop album closer ever:
10  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Album Closers on: May 23, 2022, 06:14:59 AM
There's also "The Rumor", the last track on The Band's third album Stage Fright. It's the only track to incorporate anything of the vocal interplay all over its predecessors. And those three closing thumps have something very final about them:
11  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Album Closers on: May 22, 2022, 03:48:08 AM
Good call, BL.

Three that immediately come to mind:

- "The End" (The Doors song)

- "Kandy Korn" (on Captain Beefheart's Strictly Personal). That final instrumental workout takes album closers to another level:

- "When The Levee Breaks" (Led Zeppelin IV). Putting "Stairway To Heaven" at the end of side one rather than side two was a stroke of genius. Bonham's drumming on "WTLB" is to die for:

As for Beach Boys albums, "Surf's Up" is about as good as it gets. I also have a soft spot for "The Shift" on their debut, as its unique harmonic structure gives an inkling of what Brian would be capable of in the years to come...
12  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Stevie Nicks or Christine McVie? on: May 15, 2022, 02:00:48 PM
I'm more of a Stevie fan, if only on the strength of "Sara", which goes to places where few pop songs ever venture. Part of the song is in the Lydian mode, which has always done strange and exciting things to me. Infuriatingly, the Tusk version isn't on Youtube. 

Well, it's there now. This is the stunning full-length version:

As for Christine, I first heard her voice when she was Christine Perfect and sang with Chicken Shack. Their gorgeous cover of Etta James' "I'd Rather Go Blind" was a UK #14 hit in 1969:
13  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Tears For Fears on: May 15, 2022, 02:58:46 AM
Is anyone else here a huge fan?

Their newest album, The Tipping Point has been on replay for me since I first got it.

My wife and I going to see them on tour next month!!

Hi there, pm. Not a huge fan but I knew and liked a few of the early songs at the time, most notably "Mad World" and "Shout". I watched a great documentary about them a while back.

Hope you enjoy the concert next month!
14  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the "What are you listening to now?" thread on: May 11, 2022, 02:39:05 AM
I discovered "Battleflag" by a circuitous route that took me from the remixes of Com Truise to the Belgian outfit Arsenal to their guest singer Shawn Smith to his band Pigeonhed and lastly to the stunning remix Lo Fidelity Allstars made of the Pigeonhed song "Battle Flag":
15  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The 1980's Appreciation Lounge on: May 07, 2022, 02:13:49 AM
Julian Lennon just turned 59
I had totally forgotten about his 1984 album, Valotte. Just listened to the title track plus a few others. Pretty good stuff.

I missed this first time round. I'm unacquainted with Julian's music, E, so thank you for posting this! That title track is pretty cool:
16  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the \ on: May 06, 2022, 02:45:50 AM
These are Olga Voskonyan & BIO performing "Нежные слова" (Tender words) from their 2021 album Любовь права (Love is right), with music by the late Oleg Parastaev of Alyans/NRG and lyrics by Olga Voskonyan. Olga's stuff can teeter on the edge of simplistic but it always has a calming effect on me:

17  Smiley Smile Stuff / Welcome to the Smiley Smile board / Re: A Question About an Intriguing French Book About the Beach Boys on: May 04, 2022, 01:22:33 AM
THD, I've simplified your link, for which many thanks:

And yes, I agree about évaluation!!

Let us know if you decide to fork out for either book. Wink
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / Welcome to the Smiley Smile board / Re: A Question About an Intriguing French Book About the Beach Boys on: May 03, 2022, 02:23:41 PM
Hi, THD.

This is a new one on me. It would seem to be available from Amazon:éternité/dp/2910196275

Regrettably the two reviews (one of which is scathing) intimate that it's for newcomers to the band and its history.

This is all the information I could find!
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Long time member Rob Dean on: May 03, 2022, 04:02:48 AM
The lights are shining less brightly at Smiley. Rest in peace, Rob.
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / Welcome to the Smiley Smile board / Re: Hello From Spain! on: May 03, 2022, 01:57:25 AM
Hi TS. Odd that I'm the first to welcome you here almost a month later (I'm an infrequent visitor to these shores these days).

I hope you've stuck around and still feel inclined to post. Wink
21  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Disco topic--every forum needs one on: May 01, 2022, 02:43:49 AM
I associate Clio's "Faces" with a time when my head wasn't in a good place. It's great to revisit it now that I've moved on. I love the mid-80s synth sound on this!

Goodness, the previous post is this thread is almost a year old!

While doing a jigsaw puzzle last night (one of those fascinating "What happens next?" affairs), I had some Italo Disco playing on YouTube. To be honest, I find a little of it goes a long way! And if the track starts with just four-on-the-floor, I generally move on. Two great tracks that don't do this (arguably the best of what I heard last night) are another by Clio, "Eyes" (produced by Robert Ferrante)...

...and "Can Delight" by My Mine:

Bellissimo! Roll Eyes
22  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles on: April 26, 2022, 10:53:06 AM
I love "Free as a Bird" and "Real Love". Absolutely love those recordings! The video for "Real Love" is pretty bad though.

The "Get Back" movie I didn't watch. A friend of mine and I were going to but after he zapped through all three parts and basically only saw talking bits and other stuff that didn't seem to be very interesting, we decided not to. I only made sure to watch the rooftop performance (I love that and the idea of it). And honestly I don't feel like I missed anything. But I'm not a fan. If I was I probably would have a different view (although, I still haven't seen "Long promised Road" yet).

I'm not a huge Beatles fan either! But I lived through their entire career and I do appreciate their immense talent as a band.

I think if you weren't to watch the talking bits, the rest of the film would make no sense. It's the talk that drives Get Back: Paul's Herculean efforts to create something good out of the mess they started off with; John's ability to twist everything into hilarious one-liners; George's complaints about being ignored (and walking out of the sessions at one point); and Ringo's lack of talk, but when it comes to trying out stuff, he's onto it straight away.

My wife and I watched all three parts and were mesmerized. That's another thing -- if you miss out on the "preamble", the concert seems facile, whereas it was a major struggle to put it on at all. And Billy Preston's entry into the project at a late stage is worth the price of admission alone -- what an inspiration he proved to be!

Just my two euro cents. Wink           
23  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles on: April 24, 2022, 01:50:01 AM

Watch the first clip from The Beatles: Get Back - which premieres on Disney+ from November 25

My wife and I are so excited for this.

We watched all three episodes in December and were most impressed. What an extraordinary achievement after such a chaotic start, particularly given the obvious personality problems within the group. What did you think of it, rab and/or Rocker?

Actually I came here to post this Beatles song, which I heard on the car radio, didn't recognize but thought sounded great. I realize the reconstructed songs are not everyone's cup of tea but I find this and "Free As A Bird" intensely moving:
24  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the "What are you listening to now?" thread on: April 10, 2022, 12:55:56 AM
Uploader Dan Fingerman's description says it all (not to forget the ~350 comments):

Hi peeps. A bit of a different upload today. I found this video on Youtube through a Discord server about Boards of Canada. The original uploader claimed to have found this video on a thrifted VHS tape. People went nuts over the fact this could be unreleased Boards of Canada tracks, but I doubt it. Especially since the tape was found in the USA, according to the original uploader. Some Boards of Canada tracks seem to have been sprinkled in though. I liked the upload so I downloaded it. Turns out the original uploader deleted the entire channel (probably due to hate from people saying it's fake). Never thought I'd be someone to save something from being lost media, but here I am... I doubt it's a lost Boards of Canada release, but it's a really nice collection of music anyway! Hope you enjoy it.

Original description from the now deleted video:

A few or more years ago I used to work at a local Red White & Blue Thrift center and the employees would always get first pick on any of the items that were dropped off. There was a box full of VHS tapes, some of which were horror movies. I grabbed four of the tapes. The tapes have remained on my shelf and never watched any of them until recently over the pandemic when the entire world was in lockdown. I went to go watch The Shining. I took the tape out of it's box and noticed there was no label on the VHS tape. I popped it in and to my surprise this is what was on that tape. I was a little irritated, as I am a big Stephen King fan and was looking to watch the movie. I fast forwarded the tape, but it goes all blank after the music and clouds stop. I figured, some jack-ass decided to over dub cheesy music over some boring video footage of clouds. After all these months, I decided to convert the VHS footage to digital and post it.

No idea who made this tape, whether it's some kind of joke, or what the music is. I tried to use the Shazam music app to see if I could identify, but no luck there. Maybe someone else knows? If I had to make an honest guess, I think possibly the tape is a student experiment for a class and maybe they made a tape compiled of music to throw on top of it and they accidentally put it in the wrong cassette box? Either way, I find it interesting or maybe slightly creepy. I was goin to throw the tape away, but something about the whole ordeal, I find very interesting.


00: 00:00
01: 00:17
02: 01:30
03: 02:55
04: 03:08
05: 06:14
06: 07:28
07: 09:04
08: 10:07
09: 13:25
10: 14:20 (Boqurant - Boards of Canada)
11: 15:33
12: 18:06
13: 20:05
14: 21:54
15: 22:18
16: 24:40 (Seeya Later - Boards of Canada)
17: 28:42
18: 30:40
19: 32:50
20: 35:44
21: 39:32
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Paul McCartney's RAM - the most 'beach boys' Beatle album? on: April 05, 2022, 10:52:41 AM
I was listening to RAM recently and struck by the Wilson influence in this one. A couple of thoughts I jotted down -

-Ram On
--Sounds like it could have been a smiley smile outtake. You get some bass vocals very reminiscent of Mike.  Some really cool harmonies in general behind this sparse production effort.

-Dear Boy
--Starts off extremely Beatles-y...but about 25 seconds in we get some beach boys style harmonies with a 'child is the father of the man' style counterpoint

Uncle Albert
--Brian Wilson style chords and bass all over this one. Some smile esque 'vocal noises', humor, transitions

Smile Away
--Sounds like a prototype of 15 Big Ones era

Monkberry moon delight
-- Mashing triad piano, cool backing vocals. Reminds me of night blooming jasmine and ding dang a bit

Fascinating observation, barto. I gave all the tracks a listen (I'm not familiar with the album as a whole) and I see what you mean, particularly in the first three instances.

For completeness' sake, here is the album in question. Starting times of songs are in the first comment:
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