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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / The Beach Boys Media / Re: The Official BB You Tube Thread on: April 30, 2021, 12:13:43 PM
This is a riot. From hoffman board.

Beach Boys & Ozzy mashup

2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Johnston Records - What was the story ?? on: April 02, 2021, 06:56:31 AM
Did you see them when they returned there in 1982?
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Johnston Records - What was the story ?? on: March 31, 2021, 03:43:48 PM
"The Tremblers was an interesting project - Peter singing new wave style music with a group of guys nobody knew. Wonder if there are any live tapes of them? They didn't do ANY Herman's Hermits material on stage. In fact, there was a spat going on between Peter and the other Hermits, who'd decided to go on with another singer playing the part of Herman.
 By the time his solo album, One of the Glory Boys, came out, he was performing in Pirate of Penzance, so I don't think there was any proper concert tour for that album."

The Tremblers opened for The Beach Boys on a tour of the midwest in August of 1980.  I saw them August 10, 1980, at the State Fairgrounds in Louisville, KY.  I was covering the show for our college radio station WIDB (Carbondale, IL) and we were giving airplay to the first Tremblers LP, which was excellent.  I recently purchased it on vinyl.  Hours before the show, we met Peter Noone for an interview in a green room area directly below the stage.  He was 32 years old at the time and one of the nicest people I've ever met in the music business.  He was absolutely thrilled to be on tour with The Beach Boys; he was as much a fan as we were.  He geeked out over an original pressing of PET SOUNDS I'd brought. We did mention that the Hermits were actually booked (without him) to play a local roadhouse near Carbondale.  He smiled and said, "Well, after all these years maybe they've learned how to play the songs." After the interview, it was around lunchtime and the hotel adjoined the stadium.  He insisted on bringing us up to the hotel dining room to have lunch with Carl and Bruce.  He was such a fan, and knew we were, and was genuinely thrilled that he could do this for us. When we arrived, they were just finishing lunch but both Bruce and Carl graciously spoke with us about Peter's album and asked about our current playlist.  They were both genuinely interested in college radio,  I mentioned that we'd had strong positive reactions from listeners to School Days and Keepin' the Summer Alive from KTSA.  They both autographed the albums we'd brought.  Bruce immediately noticed the copy of THREE WINDOW COUPE by The Rip Chords was a re-issue.  That night the Tremblers were excellent.  A lean and mean 30 minute set, all new material, tight band, with Noone in fine form.  The Beach Boys show was excellent as well.  They played a lot of tracks from the new album, including a blistering take on the title song and Santa Ana Winds, a favorite of mine.  it was my first time seeing Dennis back since 1978... he was energetic as usual. though his voice was so rough I thought he was intentionally trying to sound like Donald Duck. I was 21 at the time and still fairly naive in those days about internal politics.  In the 70s and early 80s, we saw enough weird stuff on stage and read about it in the rock press to know everything it that world was a little off kilter but the historical perspective came later. After the show that night I ran into Mike in the hotel bar and we talked about the new album.  He was nursing a beer and clearly frustrated with it's brief run on the charts.  I mentioned Some of Your Love as a potential single and he said the label was leaning toward School Days.  It was a fun day for this fan and The Tremblers LP got a good run on our station.  I've never forgotten Noone's friendliness and generosity.  It truly felt like he was one of us.

I was at that show also. Here is a local review i found if you a momento

4  Smiley Smile Stuff / The Beach Boys Media / Re: Beach Boys magazine scans...RIP....... on: March 12, 2021, 11:09:41 AM
The Beach Boys Holland
Jim Miller March 1, 1973

From the nasal raunch of “Surfin’ Safari” to the convoluted elegance of “Surf’s Up,” through more than ten years of recording and performing, the Beach Boys have sustained a strong musical identity, even though their original guiding light, Brian Wilson, has increasingly become merely a shadow presence. About the time of Today, other Beach Boys besides Brian and Mike Love began singing lead; by Friends, other members of the group besides Brian were contributing songs. Through it all, with rare lapses, the Beach Boys have clung, for better or worse, to their sound, a collective style that has shown a remarkable capacity for growth.

Holland is a cohesive portrait of that style’s most recent evolutions. In acknowledgment of Brian Wilson’s still honored if slightly mythological status, even within the group, the album both opens and closes with a new Brian opus. As usual, each is informed by a singular sensibility that, currently, seems inclined toward a kind of chamber rock. Blondie Chaplin’s superb vocal on “Sail On Sailor” situates that song between recent Stevie Wonder and vintage Beach Boys, although the expansive harmonies and insistent triplets ultimately assert the group’s own rights.

“Funky Pretty” is more on the guttural side of R&B. A cosmic love song to an astrological lovely, it mounts its grit in a swirl of harmonic complications, again underlining Blondie Chaplin’s more straightforward vocal dexterity with a defiantly baroque choral signature: Vivaldi meets the Regents on a magic synthesizer. It makes for a beautiful track, built on economical and even monotonous musical premises that delight in their unreasonably complex development.

Everyone in the group has contributed at least one song to Holland. Dennis Wilson’s intriguing, sluggish “Steamboat” comes replete with doowop embellishments and a waddling guitar solo, while “Only With You,” a track reminiscent of Dennis’ efforts on So Tough, is well-arranged and generally more successful than his previous ballads. Carl’s vocal on “Only With You” is genuinely touching and unabashedly vulnerable, a quality too often mistaken by macho rock cultists for a failing of rock integrity (as if the Fleetwoods’ “Come Softly to Me” wasn’t as much rock as Eddie Cochran’s “Something Else”).

Holland’s centerpiece is a trilogy titled “California Saga,” opened by Mike Love’s jaunty “Big Sur,” a mild ode to wilderness phrased in a Beach Boy variant of Southern California’s country-folk idiom. Things get a little heavy with “The Beaks of Eagles,” which incorporates a rather ponderous recitation, but Al Jardine’s neat vocalese almost recoups the lost ground. Anyway, the recitation fits in with the saga’s overall movement, which is straight toward Jardine’s “California,” a song that incarnates every historical facet of the Beach Boys in a rhapsodic fusion of “Cool Cool Water” and “California Girls.” The opening group vocal is simply stunning, building logically into one of Mike Love’s familiar leads, while the instrumental tracks add an appropriately quaint dimension with banjo, pedal steel and harmonica following the loping bass figure. Even a jarring reference to John Steinbeck cannot prevent this song from being the Beach Boys’ best chance at an AM hit since Brian’s exquisite “Marcella” flopped ignominiously last year.

Carl Wilson’s “The Trader” also stands out among Holland’s songs. A neatly floating composition, it recalls Carl’s memorable contributions to Surf’s Up. Carl sensitively interprets Jack Rieley’s elusive lyrics, which concern Indians and rampant mercantilism from the perspective of an ecological anti-capitalism, or something of the sort. “Leaving This Town,” which rounds out the album, is a subtly realized song by Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar that wholly transcends the eclecticism that marred their work on So Tough. Chaplin’s vocal is again outstanding, and the whole mood of the song, with its rich group harmonies, aching lead vocal, and methodical synthesizer solo, would not be inappropriate to Pet Sounds; it is another one of Holland’s several highpoints.

Included with Holland is a seven inch long-playing record of a fairy tale by Brian, Mt. Vernon and Fairway. It seems an appropriate creation from the imagination that gave us “I’m Bugged at My Ol’ Man” and “Fall Breaks and Back to Winter (W. Woodpecker Symphony).” Excepting a brief appearance by Brian himself as the Pied Piper “from the far-away land of night,” the story is narrated by Jack Rieley, the group’s manager. In its recounting of an encounter with a glowing transistor radio playing divine rock, Brian’s whimsy perhaps strikes an autobiographical note. His occasional music for the tale is quirky and inspired, while the snippets of several new songs included are both frustrating and tantalizing. It hopefully does the rest of the group no disservice to remark that Brian, even in such enigmatic expressions as Mt. Vernon and Fairway, remains the Beach Boys’ most profound source of creative energy; it is Brian who sets the group’s musical standards.

The best testimony to Holland’s success is that it largely lives up to those standards. Like the finest Beach Boys’ work, Holland makes me consistently smile, as much at its occasionally unnerving simplicity of viewpoint as at its frequently ornate perfection. Although the Beach Boys may be an acquired taste, once the listener has granted them their stylistic predilections, their best records become irresistible. Their music long ago transcended facile categorization, and they now play what might as well be described simply as Beach Boy music. Unlike last year’s disappointing So Tough, Holland offers that music at its most satisfying. It is a special album.

Found this on the internet. Thought I'd share it. Rolling Stone review.
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / The Beach Boys Media / Re: Beach Boys magazine scans...RIP....... on: March 10, 2021, 06:29:34 AM
Thanks for posting those pictures and articles Rocker. Nice reading
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