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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: I Heard \ on: September 30, 2016, 02:46:48 AM
I heard Friends being played in an ASDA store in Edinburgh about 15 years ago!
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson 2016 Tour Thread (Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour) on: August 15, 2016, 07:54:48 AM
Just wondering if anyone knows of a fan meetup pre/post show for the September 24th Beacon gig in New York? I'm travelling over from Scotland so it would be nice to meet some fans on the other side of the pond!
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: IJWMFTT - background vocals on: September 17, 2015, 02:33:25 PM
Positive that number 3 is Brian and not Mike.
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The great lost Dennis Wilson 1965 lead vocal. For what song? on: August 30, 2015, 10:02:50 AM
I always did think the way the voice fades at the end of certain lines in IJWMFT was awfully like Dennis. How great to have this confirmed.
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian's falsetto - these days 2014 on: August 29, 2015, 11:00:52 AM
I was the one who posted the link of the radio show.
Here it is...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmQ0HutAFaE

It's a wonderful clip. LOOK AT 2:00

Thanks Nate! Wonderful indeed.
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian's falsetto - these days 2014 on: August 28, 2015, 05:18:55 AM
Someone posted a video recently (on here but I can't remember where) of Brian on some radio show. They start playing the studio version of Surfer Girl, Brian sings the opening few lines in perfect unison with his younger self and for those brief few seconds life was just fine. Beautiful stuff.
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Iain Lee on: August 28, 2015, 05:01:20 AM
Welcome aboard Iain! It's definitely best to use your own name on here.  Cool Guy
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: June 27, 2015, 03:56:35 AM
Man having seen it for the second time in Edinburgh on Thursday it just gets better. I picked up on little nuances in the performances I didn't the first time, there are a few brief moments when the thought of Cusack playing a part left my mind and I could've sworn it was Brian up on that screen. Having seen it twice now I think Dano gives more of an 'immediate' performance but Cusack's is more subtle and will take a few viewings to fully sink in and be appreciated. 

If anyone here is able to get themselves to Edinburgh on Sunday the Odeon on Lothian Road is showing L&M at 6pm as it's the last day of the International Film Festival.
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: June 22, 2015, 09:25:34 AM
He said that he was after Seth Rogen to play 70s Brian...

Oh, man, how grateful we all should be that this plan never came to pass!

He didn't say that. He was coy about giving a name but mentioned the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as someone who he'd thought about for 70s era Brian.

What a film though. Really moving with great performances all round and the sound design with all the different fragments of harmonies and voices really needs to be experienced with a multi-speaker setup.
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Would YOU buy a Mike Love Solo box set? on: October 13, 2013, 07:09:27 AM
Back on the board after a year of being laptopless!  Grin

Granted a Love solo box would contain lots of guff but the guy has turned out some real musical curiosities that are worth a listen. I used to have most of his unreleased stuff and Viggie is indeed a gem. If anyone has had success in finding Summertime Cruisin' I'd like to meet them, I've been after that one for years now!
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: What's going on in the bridge of \ on: July 08, 2012, 11:38:29 AM
I actually love the "wi-hith me..."
Line

As do I. It really stood out to me the first time I heard it, just like the way he sings "wonderful" later on in the song. Classic Al.
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian's falsetto on: June 28, 2012, 12:02:39 PM
That falsetto he is doing in the main part of the chorus of Private life of Bill & Sue is breath-taking. To me, it has that same umm,brokenly beautiful modulating moment  that he invented on Dont worry baby.

 i don't know how else to try and describe it. Just dumb-founded at its greatness. Smiley

"california to mexico" is Jeff.

The oohs are Bruce, to these ears.

That's how I hear it aswell.
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Chug-A-Lug on: June 25, 2012, 03:59:08 PM
Any chance "Louie's looking out the rear window" is Brian's dog?

I've always understood it this way. Does anyone know for a fact if he already had Louie back then?

Yes, and he didn't. So... you're wrong.  Grin

When did Banana and Louie pass away AGD? I've always wondered that and can't remember reading it anywhere. Always thought Chug-A-Lug was a bit early for it to be about Louie the dog mind so that's cleared that up.  Cheesy

Banana was still alive in late June 1971. Best I can do, sorry.

Ah right thanks anyway.
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Chug-A-Lug on: June 25, 2012, 03:30:39 PM
Any chance "Louie's looking out the rear window" is Brian's dog?

I've always understood it this way. Does anyone know for a fact if he already had Louie back then?

Yes, and he didn't. So... you're wrong.  Grin

When did Banana and Louie pass away AGD? I've always wondered that and can't remember reading it anywhere. Always thought Chug-A-Lug was a bit early for it to be about Louie the dog mind so that's cleared that up.  Cheesy
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / The Beach Boys Media / Re: Fan's version of Do It Again on: June 25, 2012, 01:54:59 PM
 LOL

The daft old git can't even get all the words right! Amazing.
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Is This Even The Beach Boys? on: June 25, 2012, 11:53:38 AM
This is NOT an entirely dreadful album, as a Beach Boy detractor and possible Mike Love bigot stated.

It's very listenable and as rewarding an experience as any 'recent' Beach Boys product.  It does rock, which is more than can be said for the current album.

Every time I think someone has made the most retarded statement ever, someone steps up to the plate and knocks it out of the ball park.

That was rude and uncalled for.

Sorry to have upset you delicate sensibilities, I'm just sick of idiotic statements on this board.

I'm with Paulos on this.
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Will you go and see Mike's Beach Boys after the 50th Anniversary tour ends? on: June 25, 2012, 11:33:29 AM
I'll always go and see them if they play Manchester or Liverpool. If they play elsewhere in the UK I might if I had some spare cash, if it was convenient and/or they were doing interesting sets.

The five times I've seen the Mike/Bruce band(s -- there were four different line-ups) have ranged from a relatively nice fun time to some of the best gigs I've ever seen. It's two people from a band I love, plus some great backing musicians, playing some of the best songs ever written. Why wouldn't I go?

Andrew , exactly my feelings
I'll add a "me too" to Andrew's post.

I'll add a me three. I'd go see any of the principle members if it was convenient for me. The 2008 Mike, Bruce and David show I seen in Edinburgh was right up there with any Brian show i've seen. If Al had brought his show over here i'd have went to that too.
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Is This Even The Beach Boys? on: June 24, 2012, 03:56:00 PM
I don't really like the original Little GTO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_FSicQWimU



If anything it shows just how great Mike and Brian's voices were back in the day. Like a lot of BB soundalike songs from that time the lead sounds really dated and the falsetto never seams to soar in quite the same way Brian's did. If you listen to Mike's leads on stuff like I Get Around it still sounds really fresh and vibrant even today.

I am not a Mike Love bigot, like so many here, but in all honesty, to me, his voice sounds congested and weak. He gets there, but I wouldn't call it vibrant.


Oh you contrarian you!  Roll Eyes
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Is This Even The Beach Boys? on: June 24, 2012, 02:59:23 PM
I don't really like the original Little GTO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_FSicQWimU



If anything it shows just how great Mike and Brian's voices were back in the day. Like a lot of BB soundalike songs from that time the lead sounds really dated and the falsetto never seams to soar in quite the same way Brian's did. If you listen to Mike's leads on stuff like I Get Around it still sounds really fresh and vibrant even today.
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Could someone brush up The Beach Boys on Wikipedia? on: June 24, 2012, 10:56:07 AM
Don't even bother. The people who maintain those wiki pages are incredibly uptight about changes. I don't know who does, but I've tried to correct a few glaring errors on there from time to time and had some moron edit it back every time.

Yeah I had that problem too. There's the Neil Young quote from the Brian Wilson On Tour dvd when he says something about Brian having the band retarding every once in a while and this guy kept changing it to recording. I mean it doesn't sound anything like recording!
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Is This Even The Beach Boys? on: June 24, 2012, 06:38:42 AM

Not strictly. It's Mike Love, Bruce Johnston and David Marks of the Beach Boys saluting NASCAR. A strange release, entirely dreadful but strangely listenable if you're in the right sort of mood.

I don't know what's dreadful about it. It's a fun little early 60s style song. I prefer PS and post PS Beach Boys, but even so, this is an enjoyable if throwaway rock and roll song.

Nah I was talking about the record as a whole. Little GTO is probably the highlight and as someone else stated that's only cos it's a song they'd never recorded before and as you say it is a fun song.
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Good Timin' ? :/ on: June 24, 2012, 06:36:21 AM
That's a harpsichord on "Good Timin'".  At least that 's what the track sheets say (for both the original 16-track tape & the transferred 24-track tape).  No synthesizers noted.  The other keyboards are acoustic piano, organ & Fender Rhodes (the latter added at the 24-track stage, probably by Bruce).

Thanks c-man that's some great info there.
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Rank the tracks on the new album. on: June 23, 2012, 06:03:41 AM
1. From There To Back Again - it didn't immediately hit me but the way Al sings 'wonderful' brings the hairs on my neck up!
2. Pacific Coast Highway - Essentially brief, the heavy sounding chords at the start remind me of Dennis.
3. Summer's Gone - The song itself doesn't really go anywhere but somehow it's entirely magical and that ending with the rainfall...man!
4. Isn't It Time - Vibrant, catchy, retro cool. The only thing i'd change is Brian's vocal on the first verse.
5. Shelter - Think I might prefer the verses to the chorus. Superbly composed song.
6. Strange World - Another cracker, the synth sounds remind me of The Who a little bit.
7. That's Why God Made The Radio - Great comeback song, the harmonies in the chorus knock me out.
8. Private Life of Bill and Sue - I love this one, the backing vocals in the chorus are a bundle of fun to sing along to. A missed opportunity lyric wise though, could have taken more of a swipe!
9. Daybreak - Lovely stuff from Michael. I had heard this one before but somehow it just fits on this album, it's light stuff but Mike sounds great on it and Christian's vocal is a nice nod to Carl.
10. Think About The Days- Lovely but would fit better after PCH.
11. Beaches In Mind - I like it a lot but the title just annoys me.
12. Spring Vacation - Wah I used to like this one as a stand alone track but with the rest of the album that horrid autotune on Brian's voice just grates and so does that Good Vibrations line after the third listen. Excitations might even have worked better! A shame because it is insanely catchy.
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Good Timin' ? :/ on: June 23, 2012, 05:39:28 AM
I'd rather complain about the turgid production on Dennis' two offerings on side 2 of So Tough.

Make a thread...
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Good Timin' ? :/ on: June 23, 2012, 05:39:11 AM
I always thought it was some kind of synth made to sound like a harpsichord, I quite like that part although it'd sound nicer played on a vibraphone IMO.
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