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Beach Boys Good Vibrations

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by gypsy jim, Aug 29, 2020.

  1. boris bubbanov

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    I wish I liked everything.

    I'm tired of the misery I feel when someone puts on a Carpenters record. I'm exhausted by the sense of nausea every time someone cues up Olivia Newton John or Barry Manilow. I wish Michael Bolton's singing and presentation didn't bring on feelings of disgust and even anger.

    Maybe your reaction is different, a "neither here nor there" reaction. Man, I envy you. I wish I felt that way, about the artists that trigger revulsion. I guess I am an on off switch. Binary. Admire or Resent.
     
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    All good artists have their clunkers...... but this seriously might be the worst song of the last 30 years. lol What absolute garbage!
     
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    One of the problems of being around for decades is dealing with artistic development. Of course, things change. And judging something written in the 60s in 2020 might be apples and oranges? Like "burn baby burn", been there, done that, ain't never going back.

    One other thing - at the time, the Beatles (since they were mentioned a couple of posts back) and the Beach Boys were in frequent contact and were musical rivals. They brought out their Rubber Soul and Paul McCartney was then astounded by God Only Knows which he acknowledged was superior to anything he and Lennon ever came up with. So maybe the Beach Boys were not writing for you or me, but for some obscure musical pinnacle. Point is: we may never know because we all hear the same thing differently.

    Enjoy whatever music you like, but enjoy!

    PS. they then came up with Sgt. Pepper's and BB with Pet Sounds, rest is history
     
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    No doubt they were both great but they were totally different. The Beatles were a group of talented musicians and composers, aided by an incredible producer/arranger. The BB were Bryan Wilson and his arrangements.
    While McCartney was no doubt blown away by God Only Knows, I imagine he was being effusive in his praise for a reason. There are plenty of Lennon/McCartney tunes to rival Wilson.
    I love the BB harmonies but, after Wilson became impaired, their story was never completed.
    Also, I think many felt that Back in the USSR was a BB parody.
     
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    How was it a BB parody? Genuinely curious. ​
     
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    Well East coast girls are hip
    I really dig those styles they wear
    And the Southern girls with the way they talk
    They knock me out when I'm down there

    The Mid-West farmer's daughters really make you feel alright
    And the Northern girls with the way they kiss
    They keep their boyfriends warm at night

    vs

    Well the Ukraine girls really knock me out
    They leave the West behind
    And Moscow girls make me sing and shout
    That Georgia's always on my my my my my my my my my mind

    “The lyrics subvert Berry's patriotic sentiments (From Back in the U.S.A.)about the United States, as the narrator expresses relief upon returning home to the Soviet Union, formally the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics....while the bridge features a Beach Boys-style celebration of girls from various parts of the USSR.”
     
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    I can’t believe that I just sat here and read this entire thread.

    Even more so, I can’t believe some of the content.

    Ever since I picked up a guitar, I’ve heard the phrase, “devil music” bandied about.

    It’s usually aimed at stuff like Black Sabbath, AC/DC, and other music that I like.

    But I feel pretty certain that if I die and am sentenced to eternal damnation, when I get to Hell, The Beach Boys will be headlining.

    They’ll probably issue me a pair of penny loafers and give me a flattop haircut full of Greasy Kid’s Stuff to make it stand up as soon as I arrive, too.
     
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    I think someone wrote a book about it and actually stated the AC/DC were the initials for “anti-Christ/Devil child”. :twisted:
    Some counselors believed that crap.
     
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    Hmm.

    Have known a number of home schooled kids, and kids from real strict Christian households who grew up to be my friends and none of them got to hear the Rolling Stones and many of them, not the Who or Beatles either. But they were allowed (usually) things like the Ventures, Mamas and Papas, the Supremes, 5th Dimension and the Beach Boys.

    No in fact I took a lot of cr*p from people for listening to The Call and the Beach Boys - too wholesome, they complained. No decadence. No Sympathy for the Devil, not even a little bit.
     
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    My older sister listened to Elvis, Bobby Vinton, that sort of stuff.

    My older brother listened to The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, The Four Seasons, that sort of thing.

    I rebelled against all past trends and started out with Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Winter, eventually picked up on The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and so on.

    Mom and Dad were appalled. :lol:
     
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    Bebe and Louis Barron certainly pointed to the future. Sound track : Forbidden Planet.


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    That's just an ordinary crappy song, worst song in the past 30 years? well that's it's own thread.
     
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    Don’t know how I forgot that. Such a masterpiece. When those fancy new CD Jukeboxes came out, and you could trace the year here to whenever “Boogie Nights” was in theaters- they took dollars, which we thought was wild- I had just been dumped by my girlfriend of many years, I put in my dollar in and played “God Only Knows” from the soundtrack three times in a row. The jukebox had fancy fizzling lights, and I passed out, standing there against the jukebox in the bar, in the fizzy nimbus of heartbreak and Brian Wilson’s simpering. The kindest bartender, ever still a friend, got me a cab. Heroes.
     
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    Lyrics aren't a component of jazz or classical music, though. Brian Wilson is a pop songwriter, and can only do half the work. Nothing wrong with this of course- Mick and Keith split the load too, but then, no one's trying to call them geniuses.

    And... are you really trying to compare an inconsequential pop band like the Beach Boys to Miles Davis and Bach? Kenny G and Salieri, maybe.

    That's exactly what I was saying- the minute Brian realized he could hire musicians who could get stuff right the first time, not argue with him and (perhaps most importantly) play circles around his bandmates, the Beach Boys were forever changed. They split into Brian Wilson's studio project featuring the vocals of the Beach Boys, and a live band that went out and promoted the records Brian made. This arrangement played to everyone's strengths, and we wouldn't be discussing them today if they hadn't come up with a way to let Brian focus solely on making records.


    I never really thought about it before, but this totally fits my mental image of Mike Love.
     
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    Same. I also prefer In My Room to GV.
     
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    I love 'In my Room' too, but I prefer 'The Warmth of The Sun' to any BB song. (There's a good live version with Eric Clapton at some Royalty-based bash here a few years ago. Probably on youtube).
     
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    I consider it EXTRAordinary! :lol:
     
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    I didn't listen to the EC version, but I will. Just listened to the original, and it doesn't really do much for me. Definitely other BB songs I like better.
     
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    Good Vibrations is the best record ever made.

    (ducking,,,,:rolleyes::twisted::twisted:)

    really!
     
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    To truly appreciate Brians talents, you have to forget about the surf/rock n roll stuff.

    Go to "Our Prayer" and "Wind Chimes" or " Cabinessence."

    The ending of "California Saga" is also pretty moving, imo.

    I wasn't comparing Brian to Miles or Bach.

    That would be unfair.

    (I normally dont like comparing artists... its apples and oranges.)

    Only that Brian, Miles and Bach were not lyricists.

    And, there are Jazz writers who are: Mel Torme and Joni Mitchell come quickly to mind.
     
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