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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Hop Sounds on: July 09, 2020, 08:43:08 AM
I tried searching for this but could not find this. I just bought a Kölsch style beer, just because the can.

"GOD ONLY KNOWS WHAT WE’D DO WITHOUT THIS CRUSHABLE LIGHT ALE- A bright and refreshing dry ale, dry-hopped with a blend of classic US and nouveau European buds. Sunny and lemony, with aroma of citrus rind, fresh cut grassy flowers, and a crisp and clean finish- equally at home on the bar or the lawnmower. You can have all the hop you want without having to say those three little letters."
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / This Too Shall Pass- Mike Love on: June 27, 2020, 09:00:59 AM
This was especially difficult to get through. So I didn't.

This Too Shall Pass- Mike Love
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Good to My Baby - Guitar Isolation video!! on: April 20, 2020, 01:30:34 PM
These videos are now my favorite part of the site!  Smiley
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson's In My Room live stream series post on: March 19, 2020, 04:29:43 AM
Man, I love watching him play. He can still play well. The songs are a bit predictable, but BRIAN IS PLAY THE PIANO. I would love to hear more!
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: REM - At My Most Beautiful on: February 18, 2020, 04:14:10 AM

Probably posted before, but this track is such a beautiful nod towards Brian and the Pet Sounds album. Lovely vocals and instrumentation (notice the bass harmonica for example).

That is a great song, thank you! As soon as I heard those drums, I could hear "God Only Knows". The vocal harmonies are very pretty. Adding it to my playlist. Thanks again!
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: January 24, 2020, 11:23:36 AM
I do not write much, but I read the Smiley Smile message boards daily. It used to be when Mr. Desper posted, people read his words with high regards. Most of the comments that were left, started out with people in “Mr. Desper” to address him.

Back on 2005, people really seemed to appreciate Mr. Desper coming here to share his knowledge of the Beach Boys, a little about the Beach Boys lives and the stuff that happened behind the scenes – most of which I cannot begin to understand. I enjoy and appreciate every post he writes. I think most people enjoy is material.

Lately, people seem to feel the need to nitpick everything he does. Familiarity should not breeds contempt. People think they know him because he posts here, but that is not necessarily true for the majority of the readers here. Personally, I will always read what he writes with the respect that it deserves and the respect that HE deserves.
Mr. Desper, I wish you the best of health, and hope that if you do find it in your heart to write more on the Smiley Smile message board, please know that I will eagerly read and appreciate your posts. 
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Who Produced Susie Cincinatti? on: January 10, 2020, 02:08:51 AM
I am waiting for the instruments/only track and the vocals/only track.  Grin

I think Susie with different vocals would be cool. The song has a really good energy.
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: This Whole World ~ isolated guitars recreation video on: December 18, 2019, 04:25:52 AM
Hope you find it interesting!  Thanks for watching!
Thank you for that!
That is amazing. I love the riffs. What a great sound. I would love to hear that song with that riff more prominent in the mix.
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Johnny Carson, track from Love You on: December 17, 2019, 04:00:50 AM
I love "Love You"! I always heard that line as "Ed McMahon comes on and says here's Johnny, every night at 11:30 he's so funny..."

It seems like Mike is lisping a little. I know they were all a bit of a mess at that time, but I cannot tell if it is a put-on or not. It seems especially prominent when he sings, "He speaks in such a manly tone".

What a beautifully messed up album this is. Grin
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Campfire Acoustic Session :Endless Summer TV Series on: November 08, 2019, 12:19:28 PM
That was once of the coolest things I saw in a while! Thank you.
11  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / A Day In The Life Of A Tree? on: September 22, 2019, 04:19:17 AM
"The last 2 days were extremely hot for July. When is this heatwave going to end?"

That is not a remarkable statement. Until you consider that it was tweeted by... a tree.
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Camel Toe the song based on Kokomo on: June 11, 2019, 03:54:04 AM
Some many parodies are ruined by the DJs laughing over them. It is funny the first time, but the DJs grate on me.
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike working on yet another new album on: June 01, 2019, 03:32:57 AM
The internet would explode if Mike re-recorded Rockin' The Man in the Boat.
I think he should do it.

Hahaha, it is not creepy enough as it is?  - Mike's weak, shaky old man voice would really take it to the next level though.
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike working on yet another new album on: May 30, 2019, 12:40:19 PM
Mike could have done "Beat On The Brat" easily enough, but it is missing that "summery vibe".
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike working on yet another new album on: May 30, 2019, 11:51:25 AM
But there's something clumsy about the vocal phrasings, particularly right out of the gate with the first few lines.

I am a Ramones fan and I know that they respected The Beach Boys. It sounds like Mike is trying too hard to enunciate every single work, and that works against him a bit, but I think it is a fun song, and it fits the Beach Boys sound. And Mike's. I hope we see a lot of airplay this summer and if nothing else, people would appreciate the original. 
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Beach Boys Signed Guitar on: May 17, 2019, 03:50:19 AM
I am not sure how legitimate this is, but thought that it may be of interest to someone. I was looking for a watch and I came across this. Please delete if it is already posted elsewhere.

Beach Boys Guitar

The are a lot of guitars that are listed by different artists - all by a brand called Huntington - so they are probably replicas.

17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian live webcast tonite on: May 05, 2019, 11:09:46 AM
That was painful to listen to. The band was great and Al sounded terrific. I was never a big Blondie fan and this did not help - he sounded drunk. Brian sounded terrible. I got used to the shouty Brian, but now he has a shouty, syncopated, out of breath sound. I could forgive it, if he was having fun, but he looks absolutely miserable.
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Misheard Vocals on: April 26, 2019, 09:16:48 AM
Barnyard: "Out in the barnyard, the chickens do their number"

Aren't those the correct lyrics?  Huh
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 'Good Vibrations' in new horror flick 'Us' on: March 24, 2019, 12:37:03 PM
I liked the use of the song. Actually, any time I hear a Beach Boys song in films nowadays, it almost seems out of place. The music is timeless and I always like to hear them regardless of the context - but it often feels like they needed a specific part of the song, but the rest of it did not go with it, but they said "the heck with it".

This time, I enjoyed the irony, but once the first 30 minutes was gone, I thought the movie was cringeworthy. I had such high hopes after 'Get Out'.
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: California Calling on: February 28, 2019, 05:26:18 AM
I like the song. Probably because of the goofy lyrics. I do not care for the production too much, but at the time it was released, it did not bother me. It we all had a time machine, maybe the production would he better now, but it probably would have sounded out of place at the time? I don't know.

For me the music is upbeat and familiar. It seems like a lot of Beach Boys songs are ones that reminisce about better times. I look at Getcha Back as a really light weight Do It Again. Even has a distinct drum sound. California Calling is but of a nod to Surfin' USA, but that doesn't bother me at all either. When I was at the age where I really loved Surfin' USA, I had no idea what the vernacular meant - or whether it was even accurate. It just sounded cool. Back that you couldn't Google it to see what they were talking about.  Smiley  In fact, I am pretty sure the hard core surfers, did not care for the Beach Boys music.

I think that the 80s were the boys trying to be relevant. The call backs and self-referential stuff never bothered my. Neither did Mike's "Love" puns. It connects the music in a mainstream way. Not us super-fans, but the average radio audience.

Is I Do Love You way better? Absolutely, but will it so what the band wanted at that time? If you heard California Calling or Getcha Back on the radio in 1985, it brings you back to sounds that sound familiar of you have heard them in the past. It was quite intentional. If you have that many years of hits, why not try to connect to those who enjoyed them the first time PLUS the newer audience?

It doesn't sound stupid to me. Only after we look at everything in hindsight.
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Johnny B. Goode Appreciation Thread on: October 03, 2018, 06:29:34 AM
To me, Carl's best guitar playing is in live "Let's Go Trippin'". Sheer coolness. 3D

Agreed! Another monstrous song.
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Johnny B. Goode Appreciation Thread on: October 03, 2018, 06:15:22 AM
The thread is all over the place, but I love Carl's early guitar work - especially in Johnny B. Goode. He was just a kid and his solos sound well played and proficient, even without the studio sweetening. Great energy too.

I missed the days whey the Beach Boys stepped away from the lead guitar solos. Carl's work was always under-rated.
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Love and Mercy Sequel on: September 30, 2018, 06:35:13 AM
Love and Mercy does not need a sequel, but I cannot say I would not like to watch Paul Dano and company re-enact the entire Pet Sounds album. I really liked these segments, but I think that Dano 'dumbed' Brian down a little. From the many recording sessions we have available, it is quite clear that Brian was very decisive in the studio. I would like to hear that Dano do Pet Sounds.
24  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Rick Beato - "What Makes This Song Great" Series? on: September 12, 2018, 03:33:11 AM
What an amazing series this is!

I stumbled onto it because of the Van Halen episode, but there are about 43 videos in this series so far. Beato has the ability to isolate most of the individual tracks and explains so many of the nuances of the music.

Reminds me a lot of the Stephen Desper Beach Boys study videos.

Check some of them out!

25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love - \ on: August 24, 2018, 07:12:43 AM

Frosty the Hodad

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