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726  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Hawaii on: June 15, 2012, 07:17:55 AM
All these years digging Hawaii and CAW thinking it's Denny! Is it really really really 100% true? Whoa. Blows my mind. So much music.
727  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love Reimagines Your Favorite Songs on: June 11, 2012, 02:54:42 PM
Heavy metal must ne one of the least positive genres around. If only Mike would have been there when it was born! So here goes: forget Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath, this is Surfing Saturday!

What is this that dances, dances, dances before me?
Girl in bikini which points at me
Get around quick and start the fun, fun, fun
Find out I'm the chosen one, oh yeah

Big Ford woodie with burning tyres
Taking people where they desire
Girl's sitting there, she's smiling
Watches those waves get higher and higher
Oh yes, yes, please God only knows!

Is it the end, my friend?
Woody's coming 'round the bend
People running 'cause they feel vibrations
The people have fun and feel excitations
Yes, yes, please, yes
728  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New review of \ on: June 11, 2012, 01:17:12 PM
This must to be the first record review ever that made me think of my own mortality and make my eyes grow wet. That last bit, about Summer's Gone... Damn.
729  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Songs that feel forced on: June 08, 2012, 10:49:18 PM
Some thoughts... Carl's songs from KTSA sound very forced and/or uninspired. As do most (no, not all) of his songs, imo. I probably love the guy most of all the boys but let's be honest, he was the least brilliant songswriting Wilson.

Saturday Morning in the City sounds almost desperate in it's attempts to be jolly and uplifting, but doesn't really convince.

Some of you may disagree, but I don't think Mike's songs (I mean ones he composed) ever sound forced. Some may sound like sh*t or blatantly commercial, but not forced. I guess he really feels like writing a song whenever he opts to.

730  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / How would Brian sound now if he hadn't ruined his voice? on: June 06, 2012, 04:22:01 AM
How do you think Brian would sound now if he hadn't ruined his voice in the 70's? Would he still have his amazing falsetto fully intact? If he had stayed Landy-free, I assume his phrasing would be a whole lot better. Would he be still able to hit those highs? Would his voice resemble latterday Carl? Would Foskett be currently unemployed?

McCartney and some others have their classic voice still going strong, but then again Macca's trademark voice was not falsetto/head voice. Hmm. Are there any kick-ass falsetto guys around who still can deliver when in their 70's?
731  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Favourite obscure vocal part? on: June 04, 2012, 02:15:57 PM
'Country Air' — Carl's (is it Carl?) out-of-tune humming, and the occasional shouted "Come on!"

Oh yeah, this is definitely one of their greatest moments, it sounds so... victorious, for lack of better word. Also, the "DEEP AND WIDE" -part in Time to Get Alone gets me every time.
732  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: BBs songs with little to no vocal harmony. on: June 04, 2012, 06:43:03 AM
Be Still.
733  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The \ on: June 04, 2012, 02:08:43 AM
I've read some Grand Funk Railroad member's member exploded, too. But I don't get it, how is it possible?
734  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Favourite obscure vocal part? on: June 03, 2012, 05:29:48 AM
My favourite is Brian's "I'm on my way to sunny California" from Holland. It's such a joy-filled announcement, the way he sings it, with the rhythm sounding like someone strolling happily into the sunset. And it's the last officially released example of his old, golden voice. Gotta love it.
735  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Why No Love For Kokomo ? on: June 02, 2012, 06:50:49 AM
Great bass vocal hook? Check.
Heart-wrenching chorus melody? Check.
Lovely Carl Wilson vocal? Check.
Beautiful chord changes? Check.
Wall of harmonies? Check.
Escapist lyrics? Check.
Not just your average rock instrumentation? Check.

...sounds like a Beach Boys classic to me. And hey, even GOK almost had a sax solo in it!
736  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: What do Beach Boys songs taste like? on: June 01, 2012, 02:35:20 PM
Stars and Stripes has always tasted like beer to me. A bit bland and lukewarm, though.
737  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Why No Love For Kokomo ? on: June 01, 2012, 02:28:31 PM
As a new member, I want to make clear where I stand on this touchy subject: I love Kokomo. Always have, always will. The first Beach Boys song I heard (I was eight years old), and it still makes me feel good. When Carl comes in with the "ooh I want to take you" -chorus vocal, the hair on my arms stand up, and they never lie.

I think hating Kokomo is getting just as old as hating Mike. it's not even that cheesy as people think. It continues the glorious BB-tradition of listing exotic places (Surfin' USA, Funky Pretty, Hawaii, anyone?)

The only good reason for hating Kokomo I can think of is the fact the band started to chase hits with similar songs, only worse, and this resulted in Summer in Paradise. But then again, the band had already been artisticallly dead for quite a few years anyway.
738  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Lead Vocal on How She Boogalooed It on: June 01, 2012, 06:38:32 AM
By the way, does anyone know who is the song's main architect? Judging by the über-hip acid youth speak of the lyrics I suspect they are mainly by Mike, but who came up with the music? Joint credit, I know, but who composed the main body of the song? Carl?
739  Smiley Smile Stuff / Welcome to the Smiley Smile board / Re: New Scandinavian Member on: June 01, 2012, 12:16:21 AM
That's right, Finland is one of the Nordic countries, but not part of the Scandinavia. Historically and genetically more tied in with Eastern parts of Europe. Between two worlds, really. Congrats on your new baby princess, Swedish Frog! Monarchist or not, you gotta admit she's cute! Hope Daniel has some proper taste in music and lullabies her with "I wanna pick you up".

The band was named after Schwerbelastungskörper in Berlin (, and only because the name sounds wonderfully kooky and the structure itself is so absurd (so no sympathies whatsoever for the party that built it). Thank you for the welcomes, nice to be here!
740  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Did Brian's use of session musicians hurt the Beach Boys popularity? on: May 30, 2012, 06:53:59 AM
I don't know if it hurt their popularity back in the day, but it sure kept me from giving their music a chance for years. When I was younger, I thought that real rock bands play on their own records. Actually I still think that way, but it doesn't keep me from loving the Beach Boys anymore.

Anyway, I don't think session musicians hurt their mass appeal, but the hipster/cred thing is another thing. The age of rock virtuosos was dawning, and I'd figure guys who didn't play on their albums weren't thought of very highly. And weren't there some articles asking in a negative sense if The Boys are "just Brian's puppets" or something?
741  Smiley Smile Stuff / Welcome to the Smiley Smile board / Re: New Scandinavian Member on: May 30, 2012, 06:40:17 AM
Hi, I don't want to bother you with a new thread, but I'm a new Scandinavian member as well (if you count Finland as Scandinavia, it depends). I've been lurking here for over a year now, and finally decided to join the fun, fun, fun (drum roll here).

After years of dismissing the Beach Boys as a bubblegum act who don't even play on their own records (and for an angry young punk rocker it was a major issue), I finally fell in love with the music in 2007. Bought the Pet Sounds because it was supposed to be the greatest album ever, didn't really like it, but I decided to listen to it until I get it. And, lo and behold, after a couple of listens I did get it! My life hasn't been the same since: it became so much better.

And, as an introduction, here's me in 2010, singing and playing with my bandmates. The song is called Kiva kundi (Nice guy), and I wrote it about myself:
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