No Girl On The Beach: 15 Brian Wilson and Andy Paley – In My Moondreams

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NAMM 2009 Vlog No. 3

The legendary Brian Wilson performs his hits “God Only Knows” and “California Girl” in the Gibson room at NAMM 2009. See all of Gibson’s NAMM coverage here:

What is the song ‘Heroes and Villains’ by the Beach Boys really about? I found this song on Brian Wilson’s ‘Smile’ album, the lyrics are almost identical to the original Beach Boys song. I love the melody, but I can’t figure out what it is really about.

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That’s a good question – It is one of the Beach Boys most confusing songs. My wife is the huge Beach Boys fan. I will ask her and then edit my answer to tell you what she says.

Hi, I found this link in Wikipedia :The lyric for “Heroes and Villains” exemplify the allusive and playful nature of Parks’ writing for Smile, evidently combining the experiences, feelings and preoccupations of both Wilson and Parks. Along with “Surf’s Up” and “Cabinessence” it is lyrically among the most complex and ambiguous of all The Beach Boys recordings. The “heroes and villains” concept has often been suggested as referring to the conflicts between Wilson and the other members of The Beach Boys, but there are clear references to Parks’ experiences as well.From what I can tell, it’s a ‘mash-up’ of several songs, that’s probably why the lyrics are so unclear.First thoughts : member of drug-smuggling gang falls in love with ‘wrong’ girl, goes in hiding in Mexico ?Sorry I can’t do better, it’s an intriguing piece of music care !

I am going to a costuming convention and the theme is “Surf Safari”? Would a Witch Doctor outfit be straying too far from the theme?Also what other outfits would you recommend.Hula girls and surfers will be overdone so none of that.
I believe the Islanders had shaman. But would others connect that thought? You could always google old photos of the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean and see how they dressed or go with a couple of other guys and all wear the old striped shirts the Beach Boys wore!!

“Surf Safari” is an idea that arose with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys and spread through that musical and cultural scene during the early to late 1960″s.During this period, Hawaiian images became iconic, especially the tiki ( a carved god-head). Mask of the same were often found to be used as decorations.Hawaiian kings, queens, and other images of that culture were also very popular as surfing began in Hawaii.Dressing as the image of the typical out of touch Hawaiian tourist, with the straw hat, sun screen on the nose, tacky Hawaiian shirt and Bermuda shorts with flip flops, a plastic lei, a camera around your neck and drink (complete with the little umbrella) in your hand might be a possibility. Dark sun glasses or a pair of thick, black plastic glasses with tape on the nose piece might add a finishing touch, as might a mp of Hawaii from that time period.Good luck.

Apart From Pet Sounds, What Is The Best Beach Boys Album? Pet Sounds seems to be the one Beach Boys that’s mentioned the most. What are some of their other albums that you think are great and should be recognised more?BQ: Favourite surf rock band?BQ2: What’s the next movie you plan on seeing?
I honestly think Surf’s Up is their best album.anyone who has listened to it will know what I mean.BQ: Never been a huge fan of the genre. So I only know of The Beach Boys.BQ2: Tomorrow When The War Began

Little Deuce Coupe (1963) was another album they had that went Platinum. Summer Days (And Summer Nights) is good I think and so is Surfin’ USA.BA: Probably the Beach Boys but I like The Surfaris for “Wipeout” Ventures are pretty good I have no idea!

PS is the apex in my and most opinions it seems. My second favorite album by them is “Surf’s Up” (1971).Smiley Smile is the product of the unfinished “Smile” work that Brian Wilson was planning. Overall it is interesting but only a few great tracks, “Good Vibrations” and “Heroes and Villains” are the best, but “Wonderful” and “Wind Chimes” are fantastic and essential too. There are other decent tracks on it too, imo it’s underrated.The best pre-PS material imo are the albums “Today” and “Summer Days (and Summer Nights)” also the “Surfer Girl” album is their first good one, imo. The title track and “In My Room” are classic ballads. At least have those two.Other good ones are “Wild Honey”, “Sunflower” and “Friends” all from post-PS era. “Holland” isn’t a great album overall but has one of their best songs ever in “Sail on Sailor”, “The Beaks of Eagles” is pretty cool too.BQ: The Beach Boys are too good to be called that, except their first few albums really. But I’ll rank Dick Dale a bit above Surfin’ USA 😛 (I can’t really even call the “Surfer Girl” album “Surf Rock”. it’s just not the same style by that point, they were already evolving into something else).BQ2: Not sure, I have a long list tho, perhaps “Equilibrium”.

For me, it would be The Beach Boys Today! (1965). This album is the stepping stone that took the Beach Boys from their surf and hot rod songs to Pet Sounds. They grew musically and lyrically and started to use more studio production techniques that they would use to a much more greater effect on Pet Sounds.

How Do The Themes Displayed Within Your Favorite Album Reflect Your Personality? ifthey doat allif not, what is your only film?
a terrific and thought provoking question.My first reaction was to go back to childhood..Growing up I was not a Beach Boys fan, oh I loved some of the songs; “In my Room”, “Surfer Girl”, “Don’t Worry Baby,” “Wouldn’t it be Nice”, “God Only Knows”, “Caroline No”, and “Good Vibrations”. But I was a huge fan of the Beatles and from an early age I devoured their records and read anything I could get my hands on regarding their story. My earliest memory of the Beach Boys were references in Beatles books to their album PET SOUNDS and I remember thinking that it was weird that all these familiar songs were together with so many unfamiliar titles . The problem was that when I was growing up it was not cool to like the Beach Boys, they were square and unhip, and sadly to this day most people feel the Beach Boys to be some archaic musical group with some nice harmonies. When I was 9 or ten a friend gave me a cassette tape containing the Motown classic “What’s Going On” album on one side and the Beach Boys PET SOUNDS on the other. To say that I was blown away is an understatement, I was frankly floored by both albums.From the first few times that I really listened to Pet Sounds, it was clear that this was the cohesive and very personal vision of one man.When I was twenty, I was newly in love and just beginning my first committed relationship and it was uncanny how songs composed twenty years before I was born could resonate so deeply with a 20 year old young man.. Songs of love and of longing.. songs of beauty and loss.. songs about not fiiting in and wanting to simply ” Go Away For Awhile”..Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth is on record as stating what an influence Pet Sounds was for him, and if you listen to the album, thats not much of a stretch. I began to collect other Beach Boy albums at this point, later period gems like Friends, Surf’s Up, Sunflower, 20/20 and Holland. When I heard Brian Wilson’s first solo record it became very evident to me who was responsible for producing all the great Beach Boys’ music. The papers began to mention an unreleased project called SMiLE in articles and reports were that Capitol Records was preparing a boxed set of the sessions for release (which never happened). For all the albums flaws, I still love that first solo record, especially Love & Mercy, Melt Away, Rio Grand, and I began to collect the Beach Boys records as they were released on CD for the first time. Soon I had an idea of what SMiLE would have been and I began making my own SMiLE tapes, using SMILEY SMILE versions and later period songs like “Diamond Head” in an effort to hear for myself what SMiLE might have been like. When I was 13 or 14 I went to a record collectors “swap” and while browsing vendor’s collections of rare and unreleased vinyl albums I discovered my first SMiLE bootleg, a beautifully packaged collection that included a huge full color poster of the SMiLE cover, session log sheets and three albums of outtakes and sessions pressed on colored vinyl. Now I could make tapes that included the original sessions and I was truly converted. I have since collected every single scrape of SMiLE that has ever been bootlegged; it is a collection that contains hundreds of alternate and rare session recordings, so now I make CDs, collecting some of my favorite SMiLE pieces to give a more detailed example of the brilliance and prolific genius of Brian Wilson. In February 2004, days after the London Brian Wilson presents SMiLE performances, I began to collect computer files of the SMiLE shows and was bedazzled by what I heard, of course Brian was able to compile the greatest SMiLE of all, surprising and amazing me with every selection. I have terrific memories of attending Brian’s Santa Monica tribute show (where Brian met the Wondermints), millennium New Years Eve show, PET SOUNDS and SMiLE shows, I have met Brian twice and treasure my signed copy of his autobiographyOther records that are intensely personal for me..Forever Changes- Love a masterpiece that is like a walk through the world before I was bornWelcome To The Boomtown-David And Davidan amazing cinematic album that’s like a walk through Hollywood on an overcast day Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars-Davis Bowiethe first ROCK record I ever heard and a personal journey through a world of sound that led to the Jesus And Mary Chain and to the depths belowNon-Stop Erotic Cabaret-Soft Cella walk through the neon colored corners of my mind.. a world of alienation, casual sex, drugs and lossPsycho Candy –Jesus & Mary ChainThe album that introduced this impressionable child to Lou Reed, New York and Noise..I am still shaking its hand and making its acquaintance Temple of Lowmen-Crowded HouseIf you wanted to know about me.. and frankly who would even care to… I would offer this album as evidence of thoughts and, dare I say it, emotions.. “I feel Possessed”.. I have gone “Into Temptation”.. I live in a “Mansion in the Slums”… I will “Never Be The Same”… I am going down “In The Lowlands” oh well Like Gibberish I “ Better Be Home Soon”……

The Wall by Pink Floyd, my life is somewhat like Pink’s, people don’t treat me the best, so I tend to isolate myself in my mind.

Led Zeppelin IV is my favorite album. Here’s my take. One of the songs is Rock and Roll so that’s a pretty important thing in my life. Four Sticks is like the rhythm of life for me. Stairway to Heaven is the epic times of my life. The Battle of Evermore can represent my struggles. Misty Mountain Hop covers my love of dance. Going To California means traveling. Black Dog is my insecurity of feeling like the black sheep. When The Levee Breaks represents fear to me of “having no place to go”.

Umm well I’m really . Quirky. Experimental. Fun? The main thing is experimental and the album is. Different. Each songs different and .. Idk . I like mixing things up and having psychedelic mixed with rock and synth. I’m a bit hippy-ish and free and relaxed and the music is. like that too.This was hard haha Oracular spectacular.

I think my favorite album (Lucy Gray, by EOTC) reflects my personality well. My thoughts constantly dwell on life and death; of how I’m going to be remembered once I’m gone; of the thoughts of other people, and what type of people they’ll grow up to be — just as the album does. And just the way that the lyrics talks about those subjects, about how they leave room for thought and imagination, basically mirrors the way that I think about those things.

“Yeti (1970)” by Amon Duul am an experimental person. My moods can be dark and introspective. But, I can also come alive in unique ways as well.

my favorite album is “horses” by patti smith. i’ve never thought about this before, but i guess there is a theme of getting left behind:”you’ll never return into my arms cause you were gone gone.” (redondo beach)”no, daddy, don’t leave me here alone.” (birdland)”but i think it’s sad, it’s much too bad, that our friends can’t be with us today.” (elegie)and i guess that’s reflected in my personality cuz i don’t really miss things. like i don’t miss people or places or anything, probably cuz i’ve felt rejection so many times, i’ve gotten this trent reznor notion in my head that “everyone i know goes away in the end.”hm.that’s kinda depressing. lemme see if i can find a more positive theme. well, i guess singing along to the very first line of the very first song (“jesus died for somebody’s sins but not mine”) so many times as taken its toll on my faith in the years since i first fell in love with this album. that’s not much more positive.gosh, i never realized how bitter and sad this album is.shit, this is like a therapy session for me :/

Great question.Hard to say, really. They fit me to a T, metaphorically speaking. But in itself, taken as literal word for word, they do not reflect my personality one bit. I’ve been rode hard and hung up wet all my life, but I always took it with a grain of salt and just moved on and grew and learned from my experiences. The writers on my favorite album express their thoughts, experiences, and emotions very well. In a way I can take to heart and use to get past maybe some of the bitterness and grief I shouldn’t be harboring inside. Poetically. If one were to take them in their literal sense, I’d look like a sick cold blooded murderer. Despised Icon-The Healing

Can You See the Real Me. Super ego – Romantic – John EntwistleHelpless Dancer. The Ego – Tough Guy – Rodger DaltryLove Reign ov’r Me. The Id – A begger – Peter TownsendSo that is the dilemma, A “Triphenia”No Lunitic.Right?