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Brian’s Hidden Beauties CLXVII: No-Go Showboat

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

For our next “hidden booty”, we’ll go back to the early days of the Beach Boys and a track from the Little Deuce Coupe album.  No Go Showboat  is a dazzling example of the bands brilliant harmonies, and creating an atmospheric track about a pretty car that won’t really go very fast. The Timers released a single with this song, but it never made it anywhere in the charts -however it remains another great example of Brian’s musical development even in the early 60s.

Everything But The Brian VI: You Are So Beautiful

Monday, October 15th, 2018

As a concert staple for Beach Boys shows from 1975 to 1983, You Are So Beautiful would qualify for inclusion in our series of non-Brian Beach Boys songs. But this wedding standard has an even more important Beach Boys connection – the persistent if unproven view that  Dennis Wilson is a co-writer of the song.  It is certainly no stretch to believe that the writer of Forever and Thoughts Of You could at least be partially involved in the familiar melody, and also not much stretch to believe that Dennis would not pursue a co-writing credit. We will probably never know the truth, but most Beach Boys fans will claim this song as one of their own, and a song with a direct Wilson touch.

Everything But The Brian V: Big Sur

Friday, October 12th, 2018

It may sometimes be easy or convenient that Mike Love is a cousin of the Wilson brothers, but at his best, he is perfectly capable of crafting a great pop song by himself. Big Sur  is the first part of the California trilogy released as an integral part of the Holland album, although a first version of the song was recorded in the Landlocked/Surf’s Up era of 1970. One of the few songs with music and lyrics by Mike Love alone, it is a stately reminder of the beauty of the Beach Boys home state.

Brian’s Hidden Beauties CLXVI: Girl Don’t Tell Me

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

With a recent blog focus on the Beatles, it’s time to look at a song which is one of the most Beatles-esque in the Beach Boys canon, Girl Don’t Tell Me. It is a significant track for another reason -while Carl’s first lead vocal was on Pom Pom Play Girl, from this track on-wards, Carl became a regular lead vocalist for the band.

Featuring Brian playing on celeste, this 1965 track features Brian at the top of his composing game at the height of the bands commercial popularity -even if it is stylistically closer to the bands’ greatest rivals than just about every other original Beach Boys song.

Everything But The Brian IV: Heaven

Friday, September 21st, 2018

If there was any doubt that there were three musically talented Wilson brother, Exhibit A is this song by Carl Wilson. Released in 1980 on Carl’s first solo album, this song showed that the ability to write emotionally resonant songs was not restricted to Brian and Dennis. One of Carl’s songwriting strengths was songs showing the power and solace of true love, and this is probably the best example.

Brian’s Hidden Beauties CLXV: Spring Vacation

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Spring is coming to the southern hemisphere, even although most readers will be thinking of autumn. So it’s time to return to our hidden beauties, and with the recent Sirius XM “reunion”, remind ourselves of the brief unity within the Beach Boys in 2012.

This track has taken a bit of flack for the possibly less than poetic lyrics and the possibly cynical phrase “easy money.” Indeed, this may have been one of the tracks that one could have dreaded, having seen the tracklist.

But never judge a book by the cover, or a song by the title. Spring Vacation is a great pop tune, and an instant singalong, and the lyrical theme of unity in strength is hardly controversial.

Ultimately, pop music isn’t about the the lyrics alone, but the way the combination of melody, rhythm and lyrics makes you feel. And with the simple joys expressed by this song, it’s a singular success.

 

Italian Smiles

Monday, August 13th, 2018

On Saturday night, Brian performed Pet Sounds at the historic Ancient Theater of Taormina  in Sicily -he is certainly looking relaxed in the Italian sun in the photo attached.

 

Everything But The Brian III: All This Is That

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

All This Is That  is widely regarded as one of the strongest Beach Boys tracks in which Brian or Dennis had absolutely no environment. Clearly influenced by transcendental meditation, and with contributions from Carl, Al and Mike, it is Carl’s production that takes this song to a different league. Harmony, melody and production are all hallmarks of a track which show that brothers, family and friends can take Brian’s vision and make it their own.

Together And Apart

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

The Beach Boys Town Hall show will only be aired on August 10, but you can read about some highlights here– it looks like the band were respectful to each other and focused on the good, rather than the bad vibrations from their past. No hint of any other reunion activity however….

…speaking of which, Brian has completed a short North American stint of his (resumed) tour, and will spend the rest of August in the Middle East and Europe, playing a mixture of Pet Sounds and Greatest Hits shows.

23 Songs For Today

Friday, July 27th, 2018
  1. Passing By -The Beach Boys
  2.  Diamond Head -The Beach Boys
  3. I Went To Sleep The Beach Boys
  4. Friends -The Beach Boys
  5. Anything At All -Crosby, Stills & Nash
  6. Lady Stardust -David Bowie
  7. Ziggy Stardust -David Bowie
  8. Might As Well Be Dumbo -The High Llamas
  9. There Is Always Something There To Remind Me -The Housemartins
  10. When It Was Done -Hugo Montenegro
  11. Tired Of Waiting For You -The Kinks
  12. Dosed -Red Hot Chili Peppers
  13. Can’t Stop -Red Hot Chili Peppers
  14. Million Miles of Water -Red Hot Chili Peppers
  15. Hard To Concentrate -Red Hot Chili Peppers
  16. Ride Away -Roy Orbison
  17. Hips Dont Lie-  Shakira (ft Wyclef Jean)
  18. (It Ain’t Necessarily) Byrd Avenue -Spanky & Our Gang
  19. California Suite -The Beach Boys & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  20. Power Lines -The Magic Numbers
  21. The Hustle -Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
  22. Leave Me Be -The Zombies
  23. Nothing’s Changed -The Zombies