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76  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: When did Mike realize on: April 14, 2020, 07:40:38 PM
Iíve said it before but will say it again. As much as I love their music, I have no interest in meeting them.  Grin

I would. Well, Brian anyway. Would Carl and Dennis were still around.
77  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: When did Mike realize on: April 14, 2020, 12:06:27 PM
Indeed. It was like the return of the 1978 tour with the group struggling to keep from falling apart or killing each other. Any semblance of brotherhood and all for one spirit completely came undone when Carl passed. That just tells you how important he was to the band carrying on together for so long. Take away the mortar and the wall falls down. That they were ever able to patch it back up, for a while anyway, in 2012, post-Carl, was amazing. I suspect (read: itís very likely) that the marketing prospects alone had Mikeís eyes fall in place like a slot machine, all dollar signs.
78  Smiley Smile Stuff / The Beach Boys Media / Re: 8 bit recreation of Beach Boys Love You album on: April 14, 2020, 06:25:30 AM
As someone who has fond memories of being a kid during the 8-bit era of video games, this is just wonderful. Love You makes an easier transition to an 8-bit chip tune because of itís more stripped down, primarily led by synthesizer and rudimentary drums. Plus, the 8-bit recreation of the album cover, which was already pixelated, is spot on. Now I want an NES-style Beach Boys video game with this as the soundtrack to it.
I think 8-bit recreations of Friends and Wild Honey would work just as well. Thanks for posting that.
79  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Marcella on: April 13, 2020, 09:11:31 PM
Probably like a number of other songs he was involved with the sessions from this era, Brian wouldíve lost interest after a while, handing the duties over to Carl, while he moved on to something else. Or, who knows, maybe he was more focused and tuned in than that whilst recording it. The vocal tag arrangement has his fingerprints all over it.
80  Smiley Smile Stuff / The Beach Boys Media / Re: Custom Beach Boys shirt designs on: April 13, 2020, 11:14:34 AM
Iíve been away until very recently, so apologies for resuscitating an old thread. Here are more t-shirt designs by me, using as before. Hope you like.

Mrs. OíLearyís Cow - front


Sunflower - front


Keepiní It Clean With Al Jardine (apologies to dellydel who thought of it first) - front


More to come. Soon.
81  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Marcella on: April 11, 2020, 07:58:24 PM
I donít find it slow at all, myself. Definitely a Ď70s Beach Boys favorite and it dukes it out with ĎAll This Is Thatí for the best track on Carl & The Passions.
82  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Every Beach Boys album ranked! on: April 11, 2020, 07:47:24 PM
Interesting as always to see differing opinions - sometimes wildly different. I wouldnít have Surfer Girl, Shut Down Volume 2 or the Christmas Album at the top like that. No matter the greatness of the highlights on SG and SDV2, the filler tracks really bring them down for me, especially the latter. And Iíve never really loved the Christmas Album. Instead I would absolutely have Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!), Wild Honey, Sunflower, Holland and Love You at the top alongside Pet Sounds, Today, Friends, and I guess Smile, if I counted it. My favorites.
Iíd also put Summer In Paradise down in the dregs with Still Cruisiní. The absolute nadir. I also commented on your video (Iím wildsmiley) about Stars & Stripes. I donít think of it as a Beach Boys album.

Anyway, nice job.

About ĎMount Vernon & Fairway (A Fairy Tale)í on Holland - this was mainly Brianís baby, where he was at at the time, itís meant to be itís own piece separate from the album, which is how it was originally released, as an EP addition to the original vinyl release in 1973. Donít think of it along with the Holland album, itís its own thing.

And Iím 100% with that Love Youís cover would make a great pillow.
83  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Favourite, least favourite, overrated, and underrated Beach Boys album on: April 10, 2020, 08:39:37 AM
I never count Stars & Stripes as a legitimate Beach Boys album. They may be on it vocally, but itís not their album. As itís a tribute album, none of them sing lead and it of course doesnít feature any new songs.
84  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Marcella on: April 10, 2020, 08:34:06 AM
Based on the tracksheet notes from that other thread, I'm assuming each part refers to:

7 - tag MARCELLA = Mike coda response
11 - ONE ARM first chorus = Al and Carl chorus lead
12 - ONE ARM 2nd chorus = Dennis and Carl chorus response
13 - Mike Du Be Du Be Du Be = Mike chorus bass vocal
15 - Al extra = doobie doobie doo
16 - Mike and Al = Mike coda lead with Al's harmony
17 - Carl and Jack = Marcella hey / hey Marcella

I was listening to the song with my ear close to the speaker, and this sounds about right. It wasnít until a few years ago that I noticed Alís ďshoobie doobie dooĒ part and now Iíve finally noticed Mikeís ďdu be du beĒ part which seems to underline Alís bit. Man, one has to just appreciate the beautiful intricacy of these vocal parts, and that by 1972 that it wasnít always Brian arranging them, but all the guys. There never has been a vocal group that can come close to The Beach Boys and there will likely never be any.

Question though: Blondie is heard during the chorus (sounds like him anyway), but I guess heís absent from the tag?

85  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Random question about Wake the World on: April 09, 2020, 08:58:23 AM
I agree, it sounds like curtains being drawn. It doesnít really sound like blinds being raised.
86  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Smile (2011) vinyl back cover question on: April 09, 2020, 08:47:04 AM
I donít know. It kinda looks like itís an insert. Possibly the original Ď66 back cover with the original track listing is under it. My uneducated guess.
87  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Favourite, least favourite, overrated, and underrated Beach Boys album on: April 09, 2020, 08:36:14 AM
Favorite: Pet Sounds

Least Favorite: Summer In Paradise

Overrated: I donít know, but Iím leaning towards SMiLE. Itís astonishingly brilliant and I adore it, but itís been built up like the second coming of Christ here. Itís not better than Pet Sounds. Nothing is.

Underrated: That depends. Iíd normally say Sunflower or Wild Honey, but among us hardcore fans here, Iíd say LA Light Album. Itís decidedly not a really great album but it more than has itís moments. ĎBaby Blueí and ĎGood Timiníí are about as good as anything on one of their more celebrated albums.
88  Smiley Smile Stuff / Album, Book and Video Reviews And Discussions / Re: Favourite post Love You album on: April 08, 2020, 09:40:24 PM
TWGMTR. No matter my enjoyment of five BB85 tracks, itís still only five. Unlike that one, TWGMTR is mostly a great album.

(ĎWhere I Belongí is better the anything on TWGMTR, though.)
89  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Itís been 20 years... on: April 30, 2019, 10:52:36 PM
I wouldíve put this in general on-topic discussions but it didnít feel right there somehow.

20 years ago this month (meaning April, this is a little late), I discovered a little album called Pet Sounds. It proceeded to change my life forever. I was 19 almost 20, moving back home to Colorado from dreary Washington stare after several months. I was so homesick. Until I got an apartment I crashed with a friend of mine and his mom up in the mountains. I went rummaging through some of the CDs they had and came across the 1990 CD remaster of Pet Sounds, apparently belonging to my friendís brother. Curious about it (I had heard a couple things about it before. But The Beach Boys? I thought) I put it on and was immediately transfixed by the gorgeous sounds of ĎWouldnít It Be Niceí, remembering that I heard it before as a child. I kept going and the rest of the album just threw me for a loop, I had never heard anything like this before, nothing more beautiful and complex and different. I kept playing the album over and over and over for 3 months straight, I mustíve drove my friend crazy with it. But I was obsessed. The fascinating sounds and the feels. I had to know more. The liner notes were very insightful, I read them multiple times. Then I bought the CD of Endless Summer and enjoyed basking in the warmth and joy of the music. I now had a new favorite band. Later than year I discovered so much more thanks to the outstanding 1993 Good Vibrations box set. I was changed irrevocably by this gorgeous and unforgettable music.

Iím 39 almost 40 now and Pet Sounds has remained my favorite album of all time since that day. And The Beach Boys my favorite band. And ĎWouldnít It Be Niceí my very favorite song in the universe. Iím glad to share my love for this band here, all thanks to Brian Wilsonís masterpiece arriving in my life and the exact right time.

Just wanted to share with you all.
90  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Entertainment Thread / Re: Your favourite movie clips on YouTube on: April 18, 2019, 08:53:42 AM
How about a little drama, a little humor and a little music -

This scene is from my third favorite film and I think itís my favorite movie scene ever, with my favorite actress too:

Though the film it comes from is a talkie, this scene is a brilliant exercise in silent comedy:

I love classic musicals. Here is the queen of musicals, the greatest entertainer ever, doing what she did best:
91  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Challenge: Combine MIU and LA into a single cohesive classic LP on: April 09, 2019, 12:03:34 PM
I put together an album made up of the better songs from three albums, MIU, LA and KTSA. I posted the front and back covers I did for it a couple of years ago. Itís called Good Timiní (sorry for the large size of images):

92  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Compact Disc on the cover of the Light Album..... on: April 04, 2019, 01:17:39 PM

Itís a record.
93  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Voice of Al Jardine on: April 02, 2019, 08:48:34 PM
Al sings the first verse, i.e. ďLife supporting waves of bliss...Ē

Mike sings the second, ďGolden auras glow around you...Ē

I always thought it was Mike on both verses. Iíll be damned.
94  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road (2019 Brent Wilson Documentary) on: April 02, 2019, 12:35:59 PM
(is afraid get in this conversation about ĎCaroline, Noí because he prefers the sped up version on the album)
95  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: BB albums sabotaged by one song on: April 02, 2019, 11:18:31 AM
L.A. Light Album would be a damn solid album if it weren't for 'Here Comes the Night' and 'Sumahama'.
96  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: BBs members sharing outfits on: April 02, 2019, 11:13:35 AM
Circa 1977, some of the guys wore those matching jackets:

Carl isn't signing on for the jackets in this photo, though his jumpsuit isn't his most flattering look either.

Dennis is the only one in this picture that doesn't look like a dork.

Some of those jackets resurfaced years later at auction apparently:

I WANT THAT JACKET. Somebody should make replicas.
97  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Full Sail > God Only Knows on: April 02, 2019, 10:50:23 AM
You're a madman chewy. A madman. But i like that! I like that.
98  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Songs That Shouldíve Been Hits on: April 02, 2019, 10:45:22 AM
'Let The Wind Blow' b/w 'Aren't You Glad'. Double a side.
99  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Cover songs better than their original on: March 31, 2019, 09:35:06 PM
'Respect', Aretha Franklin. Otis' original is really great but man Sister Re went places with it. I'd also say that about her cover of Elton John's 'Border Song'.

'See You in September' by The Happenings is a big improvement over The Tempos' original.

The Beach Boys' version of 'Hushabye' is way better than the original by The Mystics.

Dunno if it quite counts since it's a standard but The Four Seasons take on 'I Got You Under My Skin' is my favorite, even over Sinatra's.
100  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the \ on: March 23, 2019, 11:12:52 AM
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