23 Songs For Today

June 25th, 2019

1) Dancing Queen -ABBA
2) There Goes My Miracle -Bruce Springsteen
3)Little Girl Lost -Icicle Works
4) My Last Chance -Marvin Gaye
5) Checking Out (Double Clutch) -Marvin Gaye
6) Bohemian Rhapsody -Queen
7) Don’t Stop Me Now -Queen
8)Love of My Life -Queen
9)Archangel -Walker Brothers
10)The Amorous Humphrey Plugg -Scott Walker
11) Patriot- Scott Walker
12) Duchess Scott Walker
13) Itchycoo Park -Small Faces
14) There Is A Light That Never Goes Out -The Smiths
15)Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours -The Smiths
16) True -Spandau Ballet
17)I Wanna Be Adored -The Stone Roses
18) Sixteen Bars The Stylistics
19) This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) -Talking Heads
20) (Nothing But) Flowers -Talking Heads
21) Think It Over -The Thorns
22) It’s Not Unusual -Tom Jones
23) The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore -The Walker Brothers

Lucky 77

June 20th, 2019

Happy 77th birthday, Brian Wilson- this birthday takes place under less happy circumstances but still with much hope for the future, and thanks for all that Brian Wilson has given us. Have a look at what I wrote seven years ago on Brian’s 70th birthday.

Wishing Brian

June 16th, 2019

Brian Wilson’s family have already thanked fans for the massive outpouring of support after Brian postponed his summer tour. If you do want to send a personal message of support, the place to send it appears to be Brian’s publicist at the following address

Get Well Brian Wilson
C/O Jean Sievers
2271 Cheremoya Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068

You can also this email: GetWellBrianWilson@gmail.com

A Girl Is Back

June 12th, 2019

Brian Wilson may be away for a bit, but A Girl Called Eddy (Erin Moran) is very much back –here is some info  on her career and new album, and details of an upcoming radio interview with her.

…Or Not

June 6th, 2019

Murphy’s Law dictates that two days after I posted about Brian’s summer touring, his upcoming dates have been postponed. His statement on the postponement has been posted on his website and social media and is as follows

Dear friends,
It is with great regret that I need to postpone my upcoming June tour.
It is no secret that I have been living with mental illness for many decades. There were times when it was unbearable but with doctors and medications I have been able to live a wonderful, healthy and productive life with support from my family, friends and fans who have helped me through this journey.
As you may know in the last year or so I’ve had 3 surgeries on my back. The surgeries were successful and I’m physically stronger than I’ve been in a long time.
However, after my last surgery i started feeling strange and it’s been pretty scary for awhile. I was not feeling like myself. Mentally insecure is how I’d describe it. We’re not sure what is causing it but i do know that it’s not good for me to be on the road right now so I’m heading back to Los Angeles.
I had every intention to do these shows and was excited to get back to performing. I’ve been in the studio recording and rehearsing with my band and have been feeling better. But then it crept back and I’ve been struggling with stuff in my head and saying things I don’t mean and I don’t know why. Its something I’ve never dealt with before and we cant quite figure it out just yet.
I’m going to rest, recover and work with my doctors on this.
I’m looking forward to my recovery and seeing everyone later in the year.
The music and my fans keep me going and I know this will be something I can AGAIN overcome.
Love & Mercy,
Brian Wilson

We wish Brian all the best and especially some well-deserved rest – there is a clear intention to go back on the road, but even if he doesn’t tour again, it’s been a great 20 year ride.

Summer’s Here, And The Touring Starts

June 4th, 2019

Brian has already performed a one-off date at the Beachlife festival in California, but his summer touring starts off in earnest this Friday, with 31 dates scheduled until the end of September, including the dates with the Zombies.

New Love

May 30th, 2019

There isn’t any news of new or re-released Brian Wilson or Beach Boys music, but this summer there will be new Mike Love music. Mike releases his new album 12 Sides Of Summer on July 19, with the single Rockaway Beach released today.

Everything But The Brian XIII: The Nearest Faraway Place

May 26th, 2019

It’s Bruce Johnston’s turn to join Everything But The Brian, our series on Beach Boys-related songs that Brian Wilson didn’t write. Bruce’s first composition for the Beach Boys is now over 50 years old, being released on the 20/20 album.The Nearest Faraway Place is a lovely instrumental, coming out at a turbulent time, and interestingly, the string arrangement was done by Van McCoy, best known for the disco classic, The Hustle. The song title was also used for the title of the comprehensive Beach Boys biography.

 

Marvin’s The Man

May 22nd, 2019

And now for something a bit different. You’re The Man was supposedly the title track of Marvin Gaye’s follow up album to the classic What’s Going On,, released as a taster single. However, after the relative failure of the signature, and differences with Motown founder Berry Gordy, the album was supposedly shelved…until now.

The release of You’re The Man is therefore the supposed bridge between What’s Going On and Let’s Get It On, but what we actually get is a double album’s worth of songs recorded in that era, but not part of a studio album. It’s a mixture of political songs, love ballads, Christmas songs and a funky close-out track which was probably not anywhere close to an intended album, but still provides a lot of reminders of Gaye’s genius. The title track resonates in this difficult political era, while there is a lot of emotional, soulful and sometimes poignant romantic and topical songs. He may have checked out a while ago, but Marvin Gaye is still the man for 2019.

Pet Sounds 53

May 16th, 2019

Happy 53rd birthday to the greatest album of all time. I’ve written a bit about the album over the year; you can see some of my posts here, here and here.