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Beach Boys drop first new reunion song 'That's Why God Made The Radio'
Entertainment Weekly ^ | 4/25/2012 | Kyle Anderson

Posted on 04/25/2012 3:24:00 PM PDT by JennysCool

“That’s Why God Made the Radio” certainly has everything a vintage Beach Boys tune needs: Breezy harmonies, references to cars, and an almost exhausting sense of sweetness.

There is something profoundly bizarre about the Beach Boys putting out new music in 2012, especially considering how many artists (especially in the indie world) have exploited the sound they helped invent. Their influence is everywhere, from Bon Iver’s lovely layers to Katy Perry’s beach-friendly youth anthems.

(Excerpt) Read more at music-mix.ew.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: beachboys; bleachbuoys; brianwilson; california; mikelove
Audio at the link. Good to hear a little classic harmony once awhile in these crazy days ... A fine summer-starter!
1 posted on 04/25/2012 3:24:04 PM PDT by JennysCool
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To: JennysCool
and an almost exhausting sense of sweetness

Must be a libertarian.

2 posted on 04/25/2012 3:29:21 PM PDT by donna (...gay couples raising kids. That's the American way... -Mitt Romney)
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To: JennysCool

The advertising is all over the local oldies station here calling it “THE BEST BEACH BOYS LINEUP IN 40 YEARS” and I think they are right. The BB are playing at the Injun casino in a few days. I hope the members that need a little retirement money do OK. Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and Brian Wilson, Mike Love and I suppose a supporting cast of young gun musicians helping them out... after all they are all collecting SS and medicare by now

“Don’t Worry Baby”


3 posted on 04/25/2012 3:30:06 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: JennysCool

The little old lady from Pasadena must be pushing 100 today.


4 posted on 04/25/2012 3:32:41 PM PDT by AU72
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To: JennysCool; a fool in paradise

4 out of 6 original members, plus Bruce (since ‘66), not bad. They sound like a Vegas Beach Boys tribute band.


5 posted on 04/25/2012 3:33:00 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: JennysCool

Frankly, it is just a terrible, terrible song. Extremely disappointed. Not anywhere near up to the Beach Boys’ standards. Just awful.

DO they really need money that badly?


6 posted on 04/25/2012 3:33:00 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: dennisw

They may be getting up there, but the review of their concert last night in Arizona said they performed 42 songs!


7 posted on 04/25/2012 3:43:19 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: AU72

Errr...

...That was Jan and Dean


8 posted on 04/25/2012 3:46:13 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: JennysCool
They may be getting up there, but the review of their concert last night in Arizona said they performed 42 songs!

This would make them the hardest working men in show business being that James Brown has passed on into the great beyond.

9 posted on 04/25/2012 3:46:32 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: dennisw

Ha! True!


10 posted on 04/25/2012 3:49:18 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: Vaquero

Right. But Rhonda now is the one who needs help.


11 posted on 04/25/2012 3:52:55 PM PDT by AU72
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To: JennysCool

One wonders if this awful song and its even worse recording were the basis for the compromise among the warring three principals.


12 posted on 04/25/2012 3:54:27 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: JennysCool

13 posted on 04/25/2012 3:58:12 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Secret Agent Man
Frankly, it is just a terrible, terrible song. Extremely disappointed. Not anywhere near up to the Beach Boys’ standards. Just awful.

My wife and I used to be close friends with Denis Wilson's ex (and mother of 2 of his sons). One time she brought me some tapes... she had been cleaning out old stuff at her house, and had these unpublished works by him. I had high hopes of discovering something new and really great... but they all turned out to be utter crap.

14 posted on 04/25/2012 3:59:47 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Secret Agent Man

“Frankly, it is just a terrible, terrible song. Extremely disappointed. Not anywhere near up to the Beach Boys’ standards. Just awful.”

I’ve had a long standing admiration for Beach Boy music so it pains me to say this song is monotonous and lacks the creative energy the songs were so well known for.


15 posted on 04/25/2012 4:00:47 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: Starboard

test


16 posted on 04/25/2012 4:19:49 PM PDT by JW1949
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To: JW1949

It may not be “God Only Knows”, but it sure is better than crap like Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.


17 posted on 04/25/2012 4:44:13 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Secret Agent Man; Cementjungle; Starboard

“Kokomo” sucked as well, but didn’t it win a Grammy? Brian can’t sing live, hasn’t been able to in decades. Years ago they played along the Lake Michigan shoreline, and Mike Love could be heard telling the sound man “turn Brian’s mike down!”


18 posted on 04/25/2012 4:44:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I happen to like “Kokomo”. It’s one of my favorites.


19 posted on 04/25/2012 4:45:55 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Cementjungle
I happen to like “Kokomo”. It’s one of my favorites.

And the movie it came from, Cocktail, with TCruise and that Bryan Aussie guy was pretty good too. Kinda stupid but still very good

20 posted on 04/25/2012 4:57:12 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: JennysCool

LOVE the Beach Boys, they still sound great, but the song itself is...kinda lame. IMHO

Oh well, glad they’re back. Brian Wilson is a genius.


21 posted on 04/25/2012 5:12:46 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (Anyone who thinks we can sit home, then survive four more years of Obama, is a damned fool.)
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To: AU72

The little old lady from Pasadena would be 112, if she was 65 in 1965.


22 posted on 04/25/2012 5:18:10 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: WashingtonSource

She moved to Chicago, passed away in 1993, but still votes Democrat every two years....


23 posted on 04/25/2012 5:19:40 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: JennysCool

It’s probably just me but I find that about 85% of Beach Boy songs are indistinguishable from each other. Good Vibrations and The Sloop John B are exceptions but much of the rest is all the same.


24 posted on 04/25/2012 6:01:29 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (I like Obamacare because Granny signed the will and I need the cash)
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To: JennysCool

Going to see them on Saturday. Can’t wait. And I was born in 1982.


25 posted on 04/25/2012 6:58:06 PM PDT by Turbopilot (iumop ap!sdn w,I 'aw dlaH)
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To: JennysCool
A few weeks ago, a cute ~20 year old college coed bounced into the local coffee shop waving something in one hand, and with a big smile announced to her friends, "Guess what I've got? BEACH BOYS TICKETS!

Time-warp city.

26 posted on 04/25/2012 7:04:41 PM PDT by TChad
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To: muir_redwoods
I find that about 85% of Beach Boy songs are indistinguishable from each other.

"Feel Flows" is different. More than a little psychedelic, but still my favorite Beach Boys song.

27 posted on 04/25/2012 7:14:00 PM PDT by TChad
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To: JennysCool

One of my more cherished pleasures is to play the Beach Boys songs at very loud volume while driving with my windows open in the pouring rain. People look at me like I am insane. I’ll say this much... Nobody wants to risk an accident with an insane guy driving with the windows down during a rainstorm and blaring “Catch a Wave” or “Surfing USA”.

I may be weird but I get some terrific looks of stupefaction. It just has to be sufficiently LOOOUUUD.


28 posted on 04/25/2012 8:18:22 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free

It’s the Sound of Freedom, for sure! Cruise on!


29 posted on 04/25/2012 9:41:06 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: JennysCool
My Ex B-I-L and his Brother went to High School with those guys. His Brother was one of their buddies growing up.

It is a small world.

30 posted on 04/25/2012 9:47:34 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Wish I was there. Instead I’ll be seeing some of the Louisiana talent when they pass through here.


31 posted on 04/25/2012 11:21:42 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: JennysCool; Revolting cat!

Is this a song about the awesomeness of Rush Limbaugh?


32 posted on 04/25/2012 11:22:44 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: AU72; Slings and Arrows
The little old lady from Pasadena must be pushing 100 today.

She should ease up on the gas pedal while city driving.

33 posted on 04/25/2012 11:24:08 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: JennysCool
There are a few exceptions but almost without fail, pop recording acts are unable to match the vitality of their first few albums. I think that once a recording act becomes commercially successful, they become more concerned about generating that next "hit record" instead of making great music.

Yet all it takes is one smash hit to make a career. We still have Bobby Boris Pickett touring the nation with "Monster Mash" and Terry Jacks continues to sing "Seasons In The Sun" at a nightclub near you.

34 posted on 04/26/2012 2:18:49 AM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 22 days away from outliving Phil Hartman)
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To: JennysCool

Nobody’s singing baritone, I think that’s the problem.


35 posted on 04/27/2012 6:43:55 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: jiggyboy

Also, there’s no “wall of sound” like in the old days when Phil Spector was involved. Take away the vocals here and you’ll hear some pretty thin instrumentals producing no discernable melody.

I think even the keyboard makes itself known only in the first few opening bars. And if you’re going to have a saxophone, give it more of a role than it had in the “theme song” of “The People’s Court”.


36 posted on 04/27/2012 6:57:25 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: JennysCool

We saw them last night.


37 posted on 04/30/2012 4:11:19 PM PDT by TwoSue
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