Second Billy Hinsche Chat Transcript
follows here is a transcript of a chat held on Saturday, 4 March
2006. The purpose of the chat was so Billy could talk about his
upcoming CD release, Mixed Messages.
That chat was hosted, and subsequently transcribed, by Susan Lang.
Hi folks - Susan here. Glad you all could make it!
Good to be here.
Hello everybody from Japan!
Lee M 19:59:46
So...I'd like a double rum and coke with a twist of lime.
BH joined the chat at 19:59:49
Wind Chimes 20:00:01
Hello Susan. Did I get the time wrong? I'd thought this was planned for
1:00-2:00 EST. Did I do a whoopsie daisy? (egads)
Hi Billy. Thanks for coming.
Wind Chimes 20:00:24
Tell us about the cd.
Terri Westerman 20:00:35
have there been any topics that Billy is especially interested to talk
about? Or not talk about? Does anyone know?
Susan ty for posting this chat on do it again
Rick Howard 20:00:39
I met Billy in 1991 when BB came to Japan.
And there's Billy.
Let's start this off by talking about the new discs, Billy - what made
you decide to collect them together and release them?
Terri Westerman 20:01:17
Hi Billy..thanks for coming!
tired of just looking at them, playing for friends, gathering
I had some time off and took several months to put it all together
I see several of my old favorites from the DD& B years.
The chat was scheduled for 2 PM eastern. And you're welcome, Beach Dan!
Wind Chimes 20:02:35
LOL. Better to have them out in the world where people can hear them!
Sabine bohnbohn joined the chat at 20:02:46
Really have *more* tunes, but these were the best of the bunch
Enough for another CD fr sure......
I can't forget Billy wore "Goukaku" headband at "Wipeout"!! Ha-ha!
Gutten Tag, Sabine, meine Artist freund !
Can you name one or two that stand out as being particularly special to
you in some way?
Tomonori --- u will therefore enjoy "FBI WIPEOUT"
Now 4AM in Japan. I'm sleepy but I'm hanging on for BH!
Rick Howard 20:05:04
How do we order your CD?
"Merima" most recent / like it a lot
That one's a lot of fun - what made you think to do that, Billy?
Merima sounded good on the sound byte
please visit: www.beachboysfanclub.com/billyhinsche/mixed.html
is that addy long enough for you ? !
Rick Howard 20:06:27
I got it, thank you, I will go there after this
anyone like to ask Sabine about the wonderful Atwork ? / go ahead
Billy, have you thought about doing more writing for ESQ?
Billy, would you tell us how you hooked up with Senator Hatch? That's a
really weird combination, if you don't mind my saying so...i'd love to
hear the story behind it!
Sabine, the artwork for the new cd is unique as well as the one for BOP
what about Billy inspired you to create it as you did?
It IS lovely - i've only seen the one piece on the website, but it's
very well suited to the collection. How did you hook up with Billy,
Lee M 20:08:22
Billy...Up here in Canada...there are NO radio stations *I'm* aware of
that play the kind[s] of music we prefer to listen to...the kind you've
been involved in making. Oldies guys play GOLDEN oldies. Interesting
music doesn't get heard. It must be a real pain promoting your projects
to the masses.
full article will appear in ESQ re: Hatch
in brief: met him at Utah fundraiser
I don't really go for the masses, so much, Lee --- just the Canadians !
Well, Sabine, it's very nice....AND interesting.
I love Canada !
Billy, are you still teaching music?
Wind Chimes 20:10:02
Billy, do you really prefer writing or performing?
Hatch asked me if I would co-write music to his lyrics
Hatch is an avid writer of books (fiction) and religously oriented
we have written 6 total in 1995
That was an interesting hookup with Hatch. I haven't heard him sing but
I understand he has a good voice.
Hatch is a real decent man and my friend, for sure
Terri Westerman 20:11:50
Wait a minute. Orrin Hatch writing song lyrics?!?!?! I'm really having
trouble picturing that. But I don't get out much LOL
Major force in Senate as pro-active for Artists, writrs, etc.
protecting their rights
I feel like I'm the only one asking questions. Sorry don't mean to
monopolize the chat.
Terri --- neither do I....but when I go out....I GO OUT !!!
I noticed the DM Trib site has been down for a while. What's happening
Surfer Girl joined the chat at 20:13:13
Do you still see him and work with him, Billy? Or is the Hatch
collaboration a thing of the past?
Wind Chimes --- I *really* like performing as it is so immediate and
full of energy and interaction......
Rick Howard 20:14:09
Hey Billy, was it hard to transfer the old format of your recordings
into a CD? I don't know how that works.
Writing is so much more solitary
Terri Westerman 20:14:23
Billy, Are you working with Mr. Hatch on the issue of protecting
artists' rights and if so, can you tell us what capacity you're
involved on the issue?
but also so very fulfilling
I don't care,viv.I'm now saving this chat for Japan Beach Boys Fan
Sabine, viel kusse, auf vedersehen
Sabine bohnbohn left the chat at 20:15:35
Hi Katie, if that's you.
Billy, in listening to both Bay of Plenty and this new collection, it
struck me that you are really, really grounded in a solid pop
sensibility, and i mean that in a good way. Other than the Hawthorne
cats you played with for years and years, who are your other influences?
I am not w*rking with Hatch --- he has it under control. But my buddy,
David Pack (Ambrosia) has spoken in front of Hatch and other Senators
Wind Chimes 20:16:01
I'll keep an eye on your schedule and see when you'll be anywhere near
Michigan, Billy. I'm fairly new to this and have missed so much
already. John Hunter Phillips could not be with us today but asked me
to say hello.
Lee M 20:16:02
RE: writing...if it comes like a flow/more easily...does it w*rk out to
be a better song for/from you? If you have to stop/think/figure does it
pan out as often?
Hello JHP / come to the CWF Golf Scramble in Aug / Michigan
I love it when song comes quickly like "Merima" and "With this Heart"
Billy, what can I do to call USA Legends for Japan Tour?
Struggled with "One in a Million" for 20 years !
And a USA Legends tour for the good old USA!
Wind Chimes 20:18:13
JHP's not in Michigan, but I am. I think my friend's sister-in-law
organizes that Golf thing. In August, is it? I'll see you there, then.
Something to look forward to.
Hobie --- yes, pop oriented. I listen primarily to New Country as I
appreciate the thought that went into lyrics, excellent musicianship,
etc. You know, just like a real song !
Rick Howard 20:19:36
There is nothing better than GOOD pop music.
USA Legends in Japan would be wonderful
Wind Chimes 20:20:09
Do you keep a sheet to jot down titles as they come to you? Or do you
trust your memory to hold them for you?
I became friends with Scott Bennett a couple of years ago but recently
he made no reply for my emails.
We would go there if you had the Yen (haha --- a little "play on words")
you can send me message on www.myspace.com/billyhinsche
WC: If a title strikes me, I will usually remember it.
How's the w*rk on future videos coming along?
Titles are may the *most important* thing ina song as a springboard for
everything else that surrounds it
maybe / not may
Lee M 20:23:00
This must be difficult to deal with...20 different questions from 20
directions all at once...at any rate BH...Over the long haul...all the
way back to DD&B up to right now...1} What's the highlight of your
career so far ... AND ... 2} What would be your biggest regret?
Good question Lee.
working on Paris and Nicky DVD now
Wind Chimes 20:24:02
When a title comes to you, Billy, do you usually also get the beat at
the same time? The pacing?
Thanks,Billy. I'll find a promoter who would be interested in you.
Have you seen those Tripsitter boys lately? How did you happen to find
also working on DVD project with Alan Boyd re: old footage of BBs from
Paris and Nicky hmmm. Tell the truth...were they easy to work with on
Tripsitter boys opened for America at House of Blues in Vegas / thought
they were wonderful
Lee: You ask such easy questions !
Great , we'll look forward to that Hinsche/Boyd production.
Does the Boyd project use your footage?
"Hotel Tips for Teens" is title when the Hiltons were teens themselves
/ shot in 1995 as an accompaniment to "Know the Road" (for kids)
Playing for the Presidents was such an honor
Live Aid was huge for me
Know the road was an interesting video. Quite humorous too.
Boyd project is my footage, yes
NO REGRETS !
I also loved singing "Hearts" with Carl, Denny, Mike and Al
Billy, there's always banter among BB fans about a book being written
about Carl. Do you ever think you could find it within yourself to
write one on him?
Made me feel like a real Beach Boy !
Lee M 20:28:45
Ah yes...the Presidents...5, 10, 15, 20, 25 Years of Love. (-./.o)
Terri Westerman 20:29:14
That's interesting--a career spanning as many years as yours has--to
have no regrets is quite a feat!
Billy you were a real BB!
Wind Chimes 20:29:18
No regrets. I love that. Made me smile, Billy.
WC: writing songs comes from all over the place / nothing in any
particular order re: beat or pace
Book-writing on hold. I like immediacy of film better
Terri Westerman 20:30:35
I'm holding my breath waiting to hear Billy's response to the
possibility of seeing a "Carl" book..!!
Rick Howard 20:31:04
What about the book you were working on?
Billy, Dino was always a favorite of mine. He still is greatly missed.
Do you see much of his family other than Ricci?
on your website you have a picture taken with peter noon and Al Jardine
i was at that concert at Syracuse NY That was a good concert Billy
Boyd has always like something I did called PROJECT 1
Color film of boys which was like my thesis at UCLA film / TV school
much of it used in all documentaries thus far on BBs and BW
shots of Van Dyke, carl at Brother studio, Dennis backstage, etc
Hey BchDan --- Noone is a great guy !
marco joined the chat at 20:34:13
I don't see anyone unless they come to Vegas !
Billy, name some of your favorite artists now? Also, do you get to see
lots of old music buddies in Vegas?
Once you've got this CD set released and moving, what's your next
project, Billy? Besides the thing with Boyd, i mean...
Wind Chimes 20:35:40
Hello Marco. Billy, doesn't everyone come to Vegas sooner or later?
Rick Howard 20:35:45
Do you have liner notes with your CD?
Everyone comes here eventually and I see them all
America, Chicago, Ambrosia, Bill Medley, etc.
Lee M 20:36:41
I got to know Peter Noone a little bit back about 20 years ago. He was
quite a fan of Brian's...and the BBs. Loyal too. I have to tell you
Billy...Carl was a terrific man. I miss him greatly. Thanks for all
you've contributed so far...career wise and thanks for this session
today. I look forward to purchasing and receiving the new project
release. Thanks and ALL the best.
RH: liners can be found at my website
Billy, you probably have a huge picture archive. Can you think of one
particular picture that you cherish most of you and the BB?
Cheers Lee --- of course, I miss Carl a lot too
Fave photo is one of me during DD&B.........
Billy, some of the proceeds of the cd sales go to CWF , correct?
I am onstage in the middle of a song, pretty girl is hanking on my leg,
as big cop yanks on hers trying to pull her off me.... classic scene
Wind Chimes 20:39:01
Are you ever in contact with Brian these days, Billy?
I have contact with BW once in a while, yes
Wind Chimes 20:39:56
I LOVE the image of that picture of the girl hanging onto your leg. Can
we see that anywhere?
info on CWF is in liners / on my website
One of the biggest memories of my life was the surprise visit to
Brian's house on the historic tour. Did Brian influence you more in
writing or performing?
Wind Chimes 20:40:53
I think all of us ladies need to go to Billy's next concert and
re-create that photo! Too good to pass up.
photo was originally on front page of Washington Post. The girl got in
trouble with her folks for that shot, so I am told (circa '66)
It is framed in my office now
Aw, Billy was a lady killer then
Terri Westerman 20:42:44
Billy, any chance you'd be stopping by the Hodad in MI over Memorial
no plans for that
Well, Billy, what are you doing this summer? Any Al things going on?
Hi Billy; just a quick thanks for your role in the BB shows
in the especially in the "comeback"period of the 70s. Did you also play
on sessions too. How did you first hook up with them?
Jardine show Cerritos on 17th
Wind Chimes 20:44:29
I have to go (I'm late now) but want to thank everybody, and especially
you, Billy, for a wonderful time. I hope you will do this again, Billy.
I've enjoyed it immensely. Vicky
Martin show in FL end of month
u r welcome !
Thanks for coming by, Wind Chimes.
Marco: first played / w*rked with BBs in '65 "Party" album / harominca
on "Mt. of Love"
Wayne Tweed has been a friend of yours for a long time. Did he
influence writing "Me and My Pillow" as a children's song?
My old group used to "open" for BBs in same year (Dino, Desi &
Played and sang on a few sessions, yes
i have to go thank's Susan and Billy and Billy im looking forward to
seeing you guys in Syracuse in the furcture
I still remember the old Royal Crown Cola commercial from the Hollywood
Bowl. Did you really drink that stuff?
Tweed my engineer only on "Pillow"
ok BchDan / later
You're very welcome, Dan - thanks for coming by.
He(Wayne) was a good performer in the Trib show. I enjoyed him.
PS --- CD will include 8 small photos (not shown in liners)
Billy, a couple of people wanted to be here but couldn't, and asked me
to tell you Hello from them - Karla in Minnesota, as well as Carrie and
David - who are in Alaska watching the opening ceremony of the Iditarod
as we type!
Extensive article also in ESQ with photos too
Karla / ok
Pics---yeah. I remember one of the old DD& B albums had pics that
could be cut out. They laundered my wall as a 14 yr.old.
David & Carrie / ok
David's book should be very interesting
Stebbins asked me to write a small piece for the Foreward, which I was
happy to do
Billy, what are you involved in BB's live and individual new songs
album coming this year?
You're a good writer. We hope you'll find time to do more of it.
Conrad Callan joined the chat at 20:52:18
Yeah, i'm looking forward to reading it. And then busting David's chops
about all the stupid things he did!
Tomonori: yes, I played on everything except for Mike's and Brian's
David will be the first to admit it !
Billy, was the BB concert on the Washington Mall one of your standout
favorites with the group?
I guess if Hallmark CD sells well, they'll do something else along
those lines again. THIS IS JUST SPECULATION on my part
Oh, i know...he's told me some of the stories that appear in the book
[and told me not to tell Jon that he's told me! ;-) ] - - he was a bit
of a wild one!
4th of July shows were always special
My birthday ---has to be!
David and I enjoy regaling one another with our stories
Anything that you would like to share with us about the cd that we
haven't asked? Thanks for doing it. I really look forward to adding it
to my collection.
Conrad Callan 20:57:01
Hi Billy - which of the Beach Boys have influenced you most (if any)
when it comes to writing your own material?
Rick Howard 20:57:02
You all should put together a panel and tell a group of fans all your
stories together, sell tickets to it.
Terri Westerman 20:57:04
Billy does it surprise you to see how many of your original fans are
still fans--of the older music as well as current songs---plus all the
generations that came after the original generation who are also huge
fans and very well informed about your career and the various projects
in which you have and will be involved?
Well, the little hand on the big hand sez it's time for me to say
Thanks for participating in my little chat
I hope Al's "PT Cruiser" song. I send money to Al in 2003 but nothing
was delivered. Is the CD-single out of issue now? So I've never
listened to all of it.
Rick Howard 20:57:50
Thanks for coming Billy.
Conrad Callan 20:57:59
Hi Billy - which of the Beach Boys have influenced you most (if any)
when it comes to writing your own material?
Terri Westerman 20:58:15
Thanks again, Billy
Most influenced by BW
I really appreciate all the fans, friends from over the many years.
Yes, it is amazing.
Billy, thanks for coming by. Good luck with the new CD; it has the same
nice groove that i enjoy on Bay of
Plenty, and i hope a lot of fans take advantage of the
opportunity to hear more of your music.
Conrad Callan 20:59:33
Interesting chat - am I look forward to your new CD........ note to
self - order a copy post haste!
Tomonori: I'll look into it
Conrad: Just do it !
CC: Nike Promo
Tomonori: you should email whoever you bought it from !
Rick Howard 21:01:09
Is this chat going to be posted some where later?
I will post a transcript once i've cleaned it up and gotten it
together, and once Andrew Gladwin is back home to post it for me!
Thanks to everybody for coming along!
Lee M 21:01:21
Thankyou Billy. It was time WELL spent.
GOODBYE, ADIOS, BON CHANCE, SALAMAT, SAYONARA, VIEL DANKE, ---- I'M
OUTA' HERE !
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