02-15-2012 01:57 AM
02-15-2012 06:19 AM
For me, when I listen to the Beach Boys, it makes me wish I was in Southern California during the era that they were all over the radio.
02-15-2012 06:55 AM
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02-15-2012 07:58 AM
Funny, I have the same feeling about the Beatles, probably because the first album of theirs that I owned was Magical Mystery Tour, with its colorful imagery of the Beatles' home town of Liverpool (Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields). It really made me feel like I was there - and yes, perhaps yearning for something that never really was (I was a little kid in L.A. in the 60s and I do think the Beach Boys' songs are romanticized, but that's part of their charm). The cool thing was that eventually my band went over to Liverpool, and played at the Cavern Club. And visited all these places we'd all heard so much about. At one point, we got in a taxi with a guy who'd grown up in Ringo's neighborhood and spoke just like him only with an even thicker accent. He said "I'm only 32 but I think I was born in the wrong decade." He loved the Beatles, and when he learned we were big fans and had just played at the Cavern, he cranked up Magical Mystery Tour in the cab. Riding through the foggy night of Liverpool with that album blasting, having just gotten offstage at the Cavern Club, was one of the most surreal moments of my life. In one sense it took me straight back to being a little kid again, wondering about this magical place of which the Beatles were singing. But in another sense it was even better because it was real, yet tinged with those childhood imaginings. Too cool. :thu:
For me, when I listen to the Beach Boys, it makes me wish I was in Southern California during the era that they were all over the radio. I think about diners, beach volleyball, chocolate milkshakes, the newspaper advertising, the convertibles (oh the cars!!!!)...the whole 60's era (that may or may have not been glamorized or sensationalized in some way....I'll never know). It brings a smile to my face that I can't describe. It makes me feel very nostalgic towards a time I wasn't even born but wish I grew up in. I would LOVE to be alive during that time. The Beatles? I absolutely love the Beatles. But they don't do it for me in any nostalgic way other than bring me back to being a kid listening to them with my Dad. I just love them for being them. This also got me thinking that maybe (or mostly) subconsciously I gravitate towards music or art that sets a scene in my brain...something we yern for but haven't experienced yet or I won't at all and the music is the closest thing I'll ever get to it.
02-15-2012 08:14 AM
Thank you for that. Not only is the music wonderful, I really like the way in which they tread a line between looking like a parody of themselves and looking as if they don't give a fuck. On the Beatles and Beach Boys thing, completely the Beatles. There's nothing in the Beach Boys' work that moves me. Plenty that impresses me - but nothing that finds any emotional resonance in me (except, perhaps, for God Only Knows).
I'm pretty sure it was The Turtles. Really. They did studies and lab tests and rats and monkeys died and stuff. But the Turtles lived! (Seriously, check out how good they were live)
02-15-2012 08:17 AM
Thank you for that. Not only is the music wonderful, I really like the way in which they tread a line between looking like a parody of themselves and looking as if they don't give a fuck.
02-15-2012 08:32 AM
02-15-2012 08:34 AM
Same here for the most part (and you can add "Wouldn't It Be Nice" for me). I think that I associated a lot of the Beach Boys' music with a really elitist crowd - basically rich white boys, so it was something I couldn't relate to. I was a teen in the 70s and the surfer crowd at my school was very much a bunch of spoiled, entitled, stoned white boys that I didn't want to hang with at all. Later on, I met a lot more "serious" surfers who were more the free spirited hippie type, and I liked those guys, but they weren't about the flashy cars or a lot of that stuff. And they were more likely to be cranking the Ventures or Dick Dale than the Beach Boys. Oddly, though, the emotional element in the Beach Boys' music that does resonate with me is not so much about the specific imagery. It's the whole idea of yearning for a place where you fit in. Brian obviously felt completely alienated in high school and was just dreaming of having this crowd of buddies that he could go cruising and surfing with and all the chicks would dig him, and he wrote about the way he imagined that would make him feel. And THAT did sink in with me emotionally. I certainly didn't have the same fantasies, but I could feel the longing to create this world where everything was OK, to the point where I almost wished I was part of that world myself - which was no mean feat considering my aforementioned prejudices. :lol:
On the Beatles and Beach Boys thing, completely the Beatles. There's nothing in the Beach Boys' work that moves me. Plenty that impresses me - but nothing that finds any emotional resonance in me (except, perhaps, for God Only Knows).
02-15-2012 09:03 AM
I was in LA during the 60's as a kid. I still remember the teenager cross the street, shaggy blond hair, waxing his jacked up, green metalflake Chevy Bel Air. Fat tires and Mags. Radio blasting The Beach Boys, he's got his board on the top, zinc oxide on his nose... ready to drive out to Huntington Beach to catch some waves and some chicks. Cool memories.
But as far as who's the bestest?
The Turtles, of course! It's been scientifically proven.
02-15-2012 09:18 AM
02-15-2012 09:25 AM
I was born in 1960 and my earliest memories are from living on Lloyd Ave. in North Hollywood. I certainly remember the Beach Boys being of that place and especially that era but they don't loom nearly as large for me as some of the later sixties hit makers like Tommy Roe, Tommy James & the Shondells, CCR, The Association and especially THE MONKEES!
02-15-2012 09:29 AM
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02-15-2012 10:02 AM
The Beatles and the Beach Boys had a rumble in the parking lot and Led Zeppelin won.
02-15-2012 10:06 AM
Led Zeppelin is just a pimple compared to those two bands.
02-15-2012 10:09 AM
That may be...but I like them much better. And I really prefer a lot of bands to those two. But that's why diverse music is such a fantastic thing. I recognize the greatness of those two bands, don't get me wrong, but prefer other bands to them even if they weren't as innovative or influential.
Led Zeppelin is just a pimple compared to those two bands.
02-15-2012 10:16 AM
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