10 Big Ones: Andy Burns and Guest Blogger Mark Dillon Pick Their Must Hears From The Beach Boys’ Made In California Box Set
To celebrate the recent release of the new Beach Boys box set, Made In California, I asked my friend Mark Dillon if he would join me in picking ten must-hear songs you can find in the collection. Mark is a certifiable expert on the band, having written the award-winning book, Fifty Sides of the Beach Boys (you can read our interview from last year here). As an added bonus, if you tell us what your favourite Beach Boys song is in the comment section below, you’ll be entered to win cd copies of two Beach Boys classics – Pet Sounds and Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys! Do have some fun fun fun and start reading after the jump!
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Get 45 minutes to talk to one of the most recognizable lead singers in the history of popular music, and you’re going to receive some amazing insights into being a legend. You can check out part one of my interview with The Beach Boys’ Mike Love, where he discussed his influences and how he came up with some of the band’s most enduring lyrics here. Today, in part two in what has become a four part exclusive interview, Mike talks about the art of the live Beach Boys concert. And he’s the man who should know – he’s been fronting the group in all its various incarnations for more than 50 years now.
Andy Burns: So what would be the ideal Beach Boys show for you?
Mike Love: To do the proper show, where the Beach Boys cover all the bases, you’d need a three hour show. We’ve got some really beautiful songs that go unperformed because of the time constraints. What, are you not going to do Good Vibrations? Or Kokomo? Or California Girls? Or Help Me, Rhonda? Or Fun Fun Fun?
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When I was 20 years old, The Beach Boys changed my life. A friend at university got me into the band, explaining Pet Sounds to me, and I was quickly off into a world of discovery. I learned to love both the experimental side of the band, along with the wonderful music they crafted in the early 60s which brought California to the world. One of the highlights of my personal and professional life was when I traveled to California in 2004 to interview Brian Wilson about his resurrected SMiLE album. But while Brian Wilson was the architect of the bands gorgeous music, Mike Love was the lead singer and co-writer on so many of those pre-SMiLE gems.
The history of the Beach Boys is long and storied and dramatic, all things you can read about elsewhere. For me, when the opportunity to finally talk to Mike Love came about, I was more interested in exploring his legacy – what inspired him as a kid, how he wound up writing some of pop music’s most enduring words, and what keeps him going today. Though 2012’s 50 Anniversary Tour featured the classic Beach Boys line-up of Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks, today’s band is the one that Love has performed with live for more than a decade, a smaller, compact group of musicians that play everywhere from casinos and state fairs, to theaters and Hyde Park. It was hours before a gig in Montreal that I spoke to Mike Love on the phone, in a conversation that went 45 minutes with Love doing most of the talking. The singer was friendly and engaging, delving deep into the band’s history, how he likes to perform today, his thoughts on the reunited Beach Boys album, That’s Why God Made The Radio, and their upcoming box set, Made In California.
So, without further adieu, put on some rock and roll music, and delve into part one of Biff Bam Pop’s exclusive interview with the one and only, Mike Love.
Who would have thought a skinny white kid would become the Marvin Gaye of the 2010′s? As strange as it may seem, that’s exactly who Justin Timberlake embodies with his latest album, The 20/20 Experience. Check out his singly Suit and Tie below and then read our review after the jump!
There have been a ton of solid new releases over the past few weeks. Green Day, Grizzly Bear, Band Of Horses, The Killers and Mumford & Sons all have new albums out there definitely worth checking out. But there are two new releases that I keep coming back to for repeat listens.
When I listen to music most of the time I’m looking for great songs or melodies, interesting or meaningful lyrics, and great performances either vocally or from the musicianship on the tracks. The latest releases from Pink and Bon Jovi guitar player Richie Sambora have all of the above on display.
Maroon 5 recently released their fourth studio album, Overexposed, which could be referring to a number of things when it comes to lead singer Adam Levine, who seems to be everywhere these days. From appearing as one of the judges/coaches on the hit TV singing competition, The Voice, to posing tattooed and practically naked in a UK print ad for testicular cancer awareness, Levine is also a regular on the talk-show circuit and one of pop music’s most recognizable frontmen.
In 2011, Levine’s work on The Voice also helped his band achieve one of the biggest crossover hits of the year with “Moves Like Jagger” featuring his TV co-worker Christina Aguilera. The track established a new sound and direction for Maroon 5 who look to build on the funky/pop of “Jagger” on Overexposed.
Most folks look at me with a blank stare when I mention Eurovision. When I try to explain it, they say, ‘Oh that’s “American Idol,”‘ yeah, not. Eurovision predates it by about fifty years. Yeah, take that, “American Idol,” or “Pop Idol,” or whatever you want to call it. Eurovision did it first. And seriously, with all of the ratings problems “American Idol” has been having this season, they might want to take a look at what makes Eurovision so popular.