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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Merry Christmas on: December 25, 2006, 09:25:40 AM
Merry Christmas everybody...just thought I'd make the obligatory thread.

So... anyone know what Brian is up to today?  Some video would be nice  Grin
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / The Beach Boys Media / Re: The *official* Brian/BB picture thread on: December 24, 2006, 02:50:09 PM
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / The Beach Boys Media / Re: The *official* Brian/BB picture thread on: December 23, 2006, 02:37:26 PM
Hey, I know this has been asked and posted before, but I can't seem to find it.  Can anyone post a high(er) quality version of Brian as "the good humor man" (the one used as Jasper's avatar).  I'd really appreciate it, thanks!
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mikes new single: \ on: December 22, 2006, 12:01:29 AM
When I listened to it all I could think of was, "Does Mike think the cheesier something is the better it will do commercially?"
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: December 20, 2006, 01:00:41 AM
Somehow I had never heard of that book before...  I will buy it from Amazon very soon indeed!  Thanks!
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / "Love You" Anecdotes on: December 19, 2006, 11:33:22 PM
"Love You" is my favorite album, but I don't know much history behind its release.  Anyone have any information/stories/interviews about this time period?

I know they (the band and Landy) rushed Brian into the studio to make 15 Big Ones, which was originally supposed to be all oldie covers but ended up deviating from that for some reason.

Then they gathered together some tracks such as "Marilyn Rovell", "Lazy Lizzy", and "You've Lost that Loving Feeling (cover)" to put together an album but somehow that one didn't make it through.

Then Brian started working on "Brian Loves You" by himself using some songs written during his sessions with Landy in the recording studio (source is WIBN biography), and some old-unused songs ("Good Time", "Ding Dang").  Somewhere along the line he played the songs for some members of the group (on "Lucky Dog Demos" bootleg and others) and they convinced him to make it a Beach Boys album.  Sometime after that he lost interest and Carl had to finish it up.

Then he recorded the big band album, "Adult Child" but couldn't maintain the atmosphere/style through the whole album so some of the stuff doesn't fit.  Rejected by music company.

Made another compilation of the stuff off the unreleased compilation and again it didn't get released for whatever reason.

Since most of the stuff he recorded didn't get released, and generally wasn't really appreciated he lost interest in recording also due to his re-descent back into drugs/madness.

Anything else?  Brian claimed the song, "I Wanna Pick You Up" is about pretending your lover is a baby.  "The Night Was So Young" was inspired by a woman Brian was having an affair with (?).

Sorry if this stuff isn't true, it is all the information I've read about!
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The very worst Beach Boys related 'song' ever released on: December 18, 2006, 07:30:46 PM
I may dislike the song "Kokomo" the most because I think it is really annoying and distressingly is also the Beach Boys' biggest hit ever.  There are worse songs certainly, but "Kokomo" probably produces the most unpleasant feelings for me.  "Surfin' USA" also bothers me because it is a big hit but basically a rip off of another song.  Makes me wish Brian woulda kept "Surf City" for himself and given Jan and Dean 'surfin' usa' instead.  I mean, 'surf city' went number 1, it would have worked out fine!  Absolute worst would probably be disco 'here comes the night', 'wipe out', 'santa's goin to kokomo', "Melekalikimaka" or the "Summer in Paradise" album.  Also some of the covers of Beach Boys music have completely ruined the songs.  The only BW song I dislike is "Smart Girls", but even that one isn't completely worthless because it is just SO oddball and the chorus is even kind of weird/catchy.  Some of his songs from the very early career and late period of Beach Boys are extremely dull though.
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: December 13, 2006, 05:10:36 AM
Maybe I have really bad taste but I love most of Sweet Insanity and it is actually, overall, my favorite BW solo album (with the exception of Smile).  If the songs weren't overly-long, and "Smart Girls" was omitted it would be an almost perfect listening experience for me.  The production doesn't bother me at all, maybe because I was not around when these types of productions were cliche.  I find the production kind of odd and appealing, kind of like a combination of his more ambitious early productions and the "Love You" production.  The only production I have really disliked has been the one used on "Imagination", THAT to me sounds much cheesier than Sweet Insanity.

So in my opinion it is a great album, and I think it is strong enough to warrant release.  I dunno...  It would be sad if Brian were ashamed of that album because people told him it was bad, because I think it captures alot of his idiosyncrasies and his song-writing style at the time.  The lyrics aren't really that good, but I didn't become a Brian Wilson fan because of lyrics, and really are they any more embarrassing than "Be True To Your School"?  I'd like to see a real release so I could have a cleaner sounding version than my mp3s, but overall it is not that important.

And I'm talking about the second version, I have never actually heard the first version (can anyone upload it to rapidshare or megaupload?).  I've never heard the songs that were taken off the second version, and this is actually the first I have heard about there being a different vocal mix.  I wonder who would steal the master-tapes to S.I.  Bootleggers? The version I have doesn’t sound like it came from master tapes.  Probably more likely Brian is lying haha.

The comment about Brian re-recording the album in 40 years and touring it was very funny.
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