Al Podcast

November 18th, 2019

There is a podcast of an intimate interview with Al Jardine which you can find at https://broadwaypodcastnetwork.com/6-now-batting-al-jardine/?fbclid=IwAR1cbXFBD2pB3H1l2nOyro1dKA0E7EhQvUbXygfVTZSluqnA1mPdm6nyu4I . Have a listen to this interview, done after one of Brian and Al’s recent concerts.

4 Is 50

November 9th, 2019

Another iconic album is 50 this month- Scott 4 by the now sadly late, very great Scott Walker. You can see my detailed review of this great album here. 

Good News

November 2nd, 2019

12 years ago, I went off topic to congratulate the South African rugby side on winning the Rugby World Cup- I am very happy, as a South Africa, to be able to say that we have it for the third time -after the iconic 1995 win with Nelson Mandela immortalized in the Invictus movie and the 2007 triumph.

In more musical news, the first single from the new A Girl Called Eddy album is out -you can enjoy the wonderful video here.

 

Everything But The Brian XVII: Disney Girls (1957)

October 25th, 2019

Bruce Johnston’s best known song may be I Write The Songs, but his best known Beach Boys effort is Disney Girls (1957), a song that still features in the Beach Boys setlists, including the 2012 reunion tour. A highlight of the well-rated Surf’s Up album, the song hearkens back to a “innocent”age of perfect love and family. With a great melody, and classic Beach Boys harmonies, this is certainly in the top tier of “non-Brian” Beach Boys songs.

Been Around And Back

October 17th, 2019

It may not be as the wait for SMiLE , but the wait for a second A Girl Called Eddy album has been over 15 years. So the good news is that the wait will soon be over – Been Around is coming out 20/1/20.  To be fair, we had the excellent The Last Detail album last year plus a few bonuses, so in some respects we are being spoilt with new “Eddy” music. At very least, it will be help us get the twenty twenties off to a very good start.

Brian’s Hidden Beauties CLXXII: Saturday Night

October 13th, 2019

It’s time to introduce another “hidden beauty” and we don’t need to go too far back in time. Saturday Night is one of the outside collaboration tracks on No Pier Pressure is with indie star, Nate Ruess, and it’s a decent, uptempo song with a melody that easily becomes an earworm. While not breaking any new ground, it certainly shows that Brian is still the master of pop melody, whoever he collaborates with.

Still Cool After All Of These Years

October 8th, 2019

The Beatles are still breaking chart records  almost 50 years after they split, with Abbey Road hitting #1 in the UK based on the 50th anniversary re-release. USA chart performance was almost as impressive with the album reaching #3 on the Billboard album charts. And it’s not just the “granddudes” replacing their worn-out copies- the Beatles are appealing to millennials and younger as well.

Another Year Of Touring Done

October 3rd, 2019

Northern hemisphere summer is definitely over, and so is Brian Wilson’s touring for the year. Despite a number of cancellations from earlier in the year, Brian still managed 24 shows in 2019,  including the well-received dates with the Zombies. There were some surprise guests, including Russell Thompkins from the Stylistics joining the Philadelphia show. All going well, 2020 will see the 22nd successive year of Brian’s tours, with four dates already scheduled.

23 Songs For Today

September 29th, 2019

1.Once Around The Block -Badly Drawn Boy
2. Octopus’s Garden -The Beatles
3. Because -The Beatles
4. You Never Give Me Your Money -The Beatles
5. Friday On My Mind -The Easybeats
6. Everyday I Write Book -Elvis Costello
7. I Want To Vanish -Elvis Costello
8. Instant Karma! -John Lennon
9. The Crossing -Johnny Clegg
10. Cruel Crazy Beautiful World -Johnny Clegg
11. Scatterlings of Africa -Johnny Clegg
12. Put The Hurt On Me -Midland
13. Round & Round -New Order
14. Young Boy -Paul McCartney
15. Slip Slidin’ Away -Paul Simon
16. Duncan -Paul Simon
17. I Go To Pieces -Peter & Gordon
18. Fascinating -R.E.M.
19. She’s Not Like Any Girl -Rockin’ Berries
20. At The Zoo -Simon & Garfunkel
21. Puppet Grrls R Go -Wondermints
22. No One’s Girl -Wondermints
23. Fleur-De-Lis -Wondermints

You May Know This Album Cover

September 26th, 2019

Today marks the 50th anniversary of possibly the most famous album cover in history – yes, Abbey Road was released in the UK on 26 September 1969. The cover is iconic, but the music isn’t too bad either. Featuring the last recording sessions including the four Beatles together, Abbey Road shows the progression over a scarcely believable seven years since Love Me Do, with the group perfecting rock, pop, harmonies and everything in-between. For the first and last time, George Harrison comes to the fore with two massive pop classics, Something and Here Comes The Sun. Paul summarises the group’s work in the closing medley while John Lennon moves effortlessly from the harder rock of his Side 1 songs to two of his most gorgeous harmonic songs (Because and Sun King). If there’s one thing missing from Abbey Road, it may be a bit of the personalization of the their early work -many of the songs are about other characters -but it’s a small quibble about an enduring classic that will make almost as much of an impact on it’s 50th anniversary than the original 1969 release.