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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New Brian music this Friday ? on: Yesterday at 12:15:55 AM
Almost certainly Brian playing, likely with melody overdubbed (or perhaps done by Darian sitting alongside him at the piano?). He's done the two-piano thing before, back on the "Songs Without Words" release of "This Isn't Love."

(You can listen here:

This GOK is simple and a bit wonky technically, which points to the big man himself on the keys. I also suspect it was recorded at home, or close to.

Really exciting, and precisely what a lot of folks on this board have suggested for ages.

Here here!

It sounds like Brian to me, and credits state it is him. Now I wouldn’t be surprised if his playing is quantized but then again…that’s recording these days. Been going on for years. Hell, I do on my playing. I like this version of GOK. Others may not, but that’s on them. My ears work. Not much else of me does these days but those are still good for now lol
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Jan & Dean are terrible singers on: September 15, 2021, 04:37:24 PM
Okay, good; I'm not the only one. Can't stand Dean's whiny falsetto, and Jan was off-key A LOT.

Years ago I once posted in another forum about how I just don't get the attraction with Jan and Dean. A couple of people said yes, they were not good singers, but they were a good *act*, especially if you saw them in concert in their hitmaking days; they were more of a comedy act than anything else, really, from what several people told me.

I’ve never been able to get into Jan and Dean. Before I became a fan 26 years ago (!) I thought The Beach Boys were lame mainly because I thought they were just like Jan and Dean, too middle of the road WASPy with no kind of edge at all.

In all fairness it WAS the 90s
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: September 10, 2021, 02:01:50 PM
Ooh…saved for a possible end of year dump, perhaps ? 🧐

4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: September 05, 2021, 10:27:04 PM
Dear Brother

I thought that one was saved for the SIP sessions set  Grin

No. That one will be called Oh Brother.

Oh Dear God
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: September 01, 2021, 08:12:09 PM
So many thoughts I want to share but I don’t have a lot of time right now so I’ll keep it brief for now….

Anybody want to admit I was right about Brian being on Mess of Help and Marcella vocally? 😏

6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: FEEL FLOWS - Chapter One. . . on: August 19, 2021, 03:26:07 PM
Awesome….we appreciate ya Howie 😎
7  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / Re: Slip On Through cover on: August 17, 2021, 02:23:24 PM
Great job!
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: August 14, 2021, 05:59:01 PM
Dennis was so productive during these years yet he's hardly present on Surf's Up and Holland. It's nothing short of a real shame Undecided

Steamboat is one of my all time favorite beach boys songs though.

I love that song dearly. I think beach boys history would be a lot different (in a good way) had Dennis gotten his songs on Surf’s Up - what a phenomenally powerful album it could have been.

I guess when we hear the long version of "Wouldn't It Be Nice To Live Again" we might have a better perspective on the track sequencing debate that occurred at the time, but having dropped the song from Surf's Up it has always floored me that it didn't come up for consideration for Carl & The Passions. I can see that it's a new band by then, and a different project, but that song was screaming out to be released.

Honestly I think it might have fit even better on So Tough
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Greatest Brian Wilson-Mike Love collaboration? on: August 07, 2021, 04:15:17 PM
Matchpoint of Our Love

"Love is still the only game in town" is totally stating the obvious, it's plain to see that Mike is the one who was and will always be pre-ordained to have the god-given right to cowrite all the songs with Brian Wilson, he's the only game in town after guys like Van have been rightly chased away

To be serious for a moment, horrible lyrics aside, this song is utterly great in every way. I'm absolutely convinced if it had decent lyrics written by somebody else, it would be known as a minor BBs classic. It somehow bridges both yacht rock and disco in a brilliant way.

I can stomach the bad lyrics and it's still a classic in my book, but I just mean with non embarrassing lyrics this song would have some public respect because musically and vocally it's absolutely outtasight.
I am not native in English, which is propably the reason I've always LOVED this tune. I don't mind the lyrics, I see why a lot of people find them horrible, but I listen more the music and everything about this tune just is so classic to me (though obviosluy not the lyrics, they are just OK to me). Brian sings so damn well on it, the production is great clean late 70s style and the melody is so beautiful.
I’m with you. Frankly put I usually couldn’t give two shits about lyrics if the music’s good , as long as it’s not spouting Megan Thee Stallion trash, Toby Keith  right wing bullshit, or overly pretentious “look at how intelligent I am , you plebes “ circle jerk nonsense. I can’t relate to The Beach Boys early material lyrically; I live in Houston and the closest beach here is disgusting , and summer is my least favorite time of year (I hate hot weather)….but it’s the music, the vocals, just the overall sound that moves me. It’s what I vibe with. To quote Martin Gore…words are meaningless/and forgettable. People lie with words. Chords don’t bullshit; the mixolydian scale will not lead you astray for instance.  So for this, I don’t care what Brian’s singing about; he sounds really good and I dig the melody. That’s enough for me.
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian and family on Kelly Clarkson's show 6/24 (?) on: June 24, 2021, 04:32:41 PM
There was melodyne used on Brian’s part….but that can only fix pitch not tone…and going by that Brian sounded good and looked great. Could have been the reverb used though (considering it was done by zoom there also artifacts from that too). Either way you can tell he’s sounding great

Edit …just watched again it…there’s chorusing  on the verse  and being at lower bit rate .  That said… it’s like that anytime anyone has performed on a tv show for many many years, nothing new…and with that in mind he sounds really good.

I remember buying Carnie’s lullaby cd she did for her daughter the day my kid Jaymie was born… I feel old as hell right now.
11  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / Official Smiley Smile Spotify thread!!! on: June 23, 2021, 10:52:45 AM
Will be making a playlist of tracks from anybody whose interested and will promote the list (full disclosure…will be adding my band to it too). So if interested please drop your Spotify links below; I’ll add to the playlist and will also follow you.

Here’s mine
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Oh god on: June 15, 2021, 06:26:31 PM
I know Mike bashing is de rigueur here and all places Beach Boys, but I saw the Mike and Bruce show a few years ago and it was fantastic.  Lots of deep cuts and superbly performed.  We can dicker on the appropriateness of him licensing the Beach Boys' names but he did so legally and all full members or their families benefit.  As far as I know the touring Glen Miller Orchestra has zero original members.

Yeah Mike comes across like a douche but the scramble for the moral high ground as it relates to his endeavors appears reactionary and often insipid to me.

Not quite in ALL places Beach seems that this thread is SS's "response" to a sequence of recent comments bashing "Brianistas" over at the nearest faraway place, with "according to someone who (should know better)" leading the way.

I think if Mike is going to have ads like this, he would do everyone right by identifying the members of his touring band. As Big Daddy notes, they are by no means a disgrace to the musical legacy of the Beach Boys and he would be honoring their efforts by putting their names out there. This ad might be seen as less offensive if it were to take such an approach.

Er, guess I should put that word "might" in quotes, yes?  Cool Guy

13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Funky Pretty: the So Tough / Holland era sessions on: June 05, 2021, 05:06:41 PM
“ Fairy Tale Music/A Casual Look" (demo version), "I'm the Pied Piper" (extended version), "Pa, Let Her Go Out" (early version of "Better Get Back In Bed"): unbooted. Love the music in the fairy tale, would be very interested to hear any of this”

Haven’t heard the last part of it, but having heard that version of A Casual Look in the Fairy Tale I can safely say it  is freaking phenomenal and needs to come out. Granted it’s been many years since I hear it , but it just *worked*

Bruce hid a master tape to prevent its inclusion on an album he didn’t even stick around for?!
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Listography: Ranking The Beach Boys albums on: June 01, 2021, 09:28:04 PM
Been a sub for a long time so have been waiting for this....
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New book: Hollywood Eden on: May 29, 2021, 09:51:03 PM
When I was in high school, I once checked out a book from the school library with a generic titled called “Rock Stars”. I remember it said Brian drowned in 19972 after years of depression due to SMiLE not selling well. 🤔
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: May 19, 2021, 06:23:28 PM
Same here!
17  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / Re: Blood In Blood Out on: May 16, 2021, 12:21:10 AM
Awesome...thanks dude! I’ll let my wife know about The Easy Way Out...that was 100% all her!

Some of the songs are meant to fade into each other (Boundless Bliss->Ominous Regret, and especially the suite compiling A Bloody Procession, Benediction, and Heavenly Procession) 😎
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: May 14, 2021, 07:08:09 PM
I’m excited, but a combination of health issues (was in hospital for a week and just got out today) , focusing on my band, and doing a deep dive into Nirvana’s catalog, I’ve been a bit preoccupied. That said in a couple of mj the minds are going to be blown.
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: May 08, 2021, 08:06:52 PM
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: May 08, 2021, 02:20:49 AM
I put more stock in any information from Howie than anybody else. That said, I have a very strong hunch this information is indeed correct
21  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / Blood In Blood Out on: May 07, 2021, 03:48:24 PM
Our latest is out...and for the first time it’s not all instrumental! Dean Entwistle and I share vocals on a cover of Wake the World (yes...the Beach Boys song), and there are 3 a capellla harmony songs on there. In addition, there’s a bossa nova song , ambient , and even an organ/guitar based track. It’s unlike anything else we’ve ever done!
22  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / Re: Rocker's youtube channel on: May 07, 2021, 03:42:46 PM
Enjoyed both got a new subscriber!

Are you on Spotify?
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: About Loren Schwartz on: May 03, 2021, 02:01:31 PM
Dr Feelgood
24  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / Spotify on: April 29, 2021, 03:34:17 PM
Here we are on Spotify...please follow 😎
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread for various insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread! on: April 26, 2021, 03:35:56 PM
You are correct, it was Sept. ‘75 when the track and vocals were being recorded.

I forgot to post the link of the song I was talking about lol
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