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Al Forsyth

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Tom, For anyone to be influenced by George and Ira, especially at age four or five, is amazing and to interpret these songs, let alone collaborate on two. It was well done. Best album of the four mentioned.
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Darren J. Ray

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Larry, I'm with you on those Carl and the Passions songs and 'Lookin' At Tomorrow'. Perfect cure for insomnia. 

But I'll stand up for 'Little Girl (You're My Miss America)'. 

Years ago, I prepared a list of my Top 40 Beach Boys songs. 

'Little Girl', I have at #23. 

Love it. It's my favourite track in Surfin' Safari. First Dennis lead vocal and co-written by Herb Alpert. 

'Add Some Music to Your Day' is at #4 on my list. How many other Beach Boys songs feature five of them on a lead vocal? And great to listen to with headphones on. 

Neither of these songs have been used in the Battle. Long overdue, I say. 

Sheesh! Next someone will be knocking 'Ballad of Ole Betsy' (#7 on my list). 

There are plenty of songs I think are filler on BB albums. 

'Denny's Drums', anyone? 'Boogie Woodie'? 'Cassius vs Sonny'? 'Shut Down Part II'? 'I'm Bugged at My Ol' Man'? How about 'Bull Session With Big Daddy'?

There are FIVE instrumentals on Surfin' USA alone. 

Who listens to Beach Boys albums for their instrumentals?

And as for their later albums, it's takes shorter time to pick the songs that aren't worth skipping!

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Cantina Margarita

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Hi guys,

I'm glad you're picking up my subject, and that you're adding some very relevant information (as usual, which has always been my main reason for playing this game). Huge thanks to all early voters and contributors, especially to Al and those others who started a vivid BWRG discussion here. Me too, I take this album as a mile stone in Brian's career, and I was goosebumped by it from the first listen - not even talking about the RFH shows in 2010, which I had the honour of witnessing. If there might have been some doubt left about Brian being engine, brain and soul of the Beach Boys (whereas Carl was the voice and Mike is the face), this album helped a lot to erase it.

This week, so far, has been a skippy one for me in real life. Bad news about an upcoming enterprise merger (or rather, an unfriendly acquisition) touching my professional life, plus an unpleasant alcohol-on-car lawsuit for my 18yr old son, are spoiling my attendance quite a bit.

Here's what brought the word "skippy" for me ...


... and here's the most hidden skippy in music history.


Keep it skipping guys !
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Cantina Margarita

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The Czech Version is nice as well:



... but I like the Australian version better. Wrecking Crew involved ?

The Czechs appear unsure if Skippy was a boy or a girl. Does anybody know ?
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Larry Franz

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Originally Posted by Darren J. Ray

But I'll stand up for 'Little Girl (You're My Miss America)'. 

Years ago, I prepared a list of my Top 40 Beach Boys songs. 

'Little Girl', I have at #23. 

Love it. It's my favourite track in Surfin' Safari. First Dennis lead vocal and co-written by Herb Alpert. 

'Add Some Music to Your Day' is at #4 on my list. How many other Beach Boys songs feature five of them on a lead vocal? And great to listen to with headphones on. 

Neither of these songs have been used in the Battle. Long overdue, I say. 

Darren -- Your love of "Little Miss America" is, well, I'm searching for the word.... So we have 1 vote for and 2 votes against. But who will be first to use it in the battle?

Just to think, many of us went for decades without skipping. It was too much trouble to lift the needle and then put it back in the right place. 

Another song I would skip if given the chance, but eventually warmed up to, as performed by a group from Manchester that could have made it big, but didn't.

The Factotums -- "You're So Good To Me"


More about the Factotums, including how they were advised to try four-part harmony like the Beach Boys, and how they got the attention of Andrew Loog Oldham, and Brian gave Odlham "You're So Good To Me" (???).

https://inews.co.uk/culture/music/the-factotums-forgotten-manchester-60s-band-the-kinks-mick-jagger/
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Cantina Margarita

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This is an official protest note against skipping “Add Some Music“. This gospely song is unbelievably cool, and I loved them standing around the piano during their C50 shows, performing this, with Al Al Cool J. applauding to Brian afterwards. Seemed heartfelt. And I always loved “sitting on a dentist chair“, sounding like “... tennis chair, and they've got music for you there“ as a good sports laugh.

Reflecting a bit, I need to remark that skipping or not depends on what follows. Followed by SMiLE on a playlist, any last track on any album will become a skippy. No, doing justice to BWRG and NBL is different. I will change that.

@Darren:
I tried to comment on the clip featuring the Schtonk! man. I failed. But I can confirm one thing: the stinky words filter works well .
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Darren J. Ray

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Ha, Cantina. If you hadn't posted it, I would have!

I used Skippy the Bush Kangaroo in my Week 20 of Season III when I used TV themes. It won the Silver. You gave it your Gold. 

I own the complete set of Skippy series on DVD. Bought it for $60 about six years ago. Have watched every one. And it's still shown here around 3:30 in the mornings here.

Eric Jupp wrote the music for the series.

Here are the opening and closing credits....


I've had this EP since I was a child. 

There are four songs on it. 'Surf King' starts at 2:05. The exciting 'Bush Tracker' is at 7:16. 

If either of these instrumentals were on Beach Boys albums, I wouldn't be skipping them. 



The show was a phenomenon both here and overseas. 

Of the cast, Ed Devereaux (RIP), Tony Bonner, Ken James and Liza Goddard have all fought battles with cancer. 

Garry Pankhurst, who played Sonny Hammond, left acting after Skippy

I found this clip of him several years back, running a pub here on the Gold Coast. He still had a baby face and the same voice. I never pictured Sonny with a moustache though...



One last thing I would like to mention is the series was well before its time in its treatment of and understanding of the plight and respect for the culture of the Australian indigenous people, the Aborigines, as well as respect for the land.
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Cantina Margarita

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I own the complete set of Skippy series on DVD.


*** boasting mode ON ***

I own the complete set of Catweazle series on DVD.  All Creatures Great and Small, too.

*** boasting mode OFF ***

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Darren J. Ray

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Cantina, the full-length movie Skippy and the Intruders is viewable on YouTube, at least here. 

I answered a question about Catweazle a couple of weeks ago at a trivia night I took part in. 
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Larry Franz

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This is an official protest note against skipping “Add Some Music“....

In that case, I promise not to skip it while your week is still going! 

I bought the Made In California box set last month (from somewhere in China). The fifth CD is mostly live recordings, so I'll usually skip them. But "It's About Time" and "Only With You"  were especially worth hearing.

"It's About Time" (Chicago 1973)
youtube.com/watch?v=AEfpm0-xRQY

Unfortunately, YouTube doesn't seem to have the Made In California version (New York 1972), but this is said to be from the same tour (Chicago).

"Only With You"
youtube.com/watch?v=1z3vc8beHD0
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stkilda4ever

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Gold:  Kokomo.  Easy choice. So Scott McKenzie did do something in his career apart from San Francisco. (Co-writer).

Silver: Kiss the Girl.  Peter André recorded a version of the song, which reached #9 on the UK Singles Chart. Just discovered that fact.

Bronze:  Nothing But Love.  Like the ending.

Tin: Daybreak Over the Ocean. To me it's Kokomo Part 2.
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Cantina Margarita

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So my gal and me have arrived in our holiday home. No wifi, weak mobile signal, but 3 millions of stations on the sattelite TV plus 8 beer cans the renters before us have left in the refrigerator. Harry Potter in Polish language. Is that nothing ?

Right after Voldemorski has vanished to dust, we will fall into bed, and right after waking up I will set up my Vodafonski Webski Sessionski. I hope that'll work.

Buenas noches. Beer is good.
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bonnie bella

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Hi Cantina. Unfortunately, they shook out this way.

GOLD - Kokomonkey.  Why? Carl is great here, it's a throwback sound to earlier days, and it happened to be a number one hit. On the other hand, I was surprised to find out a few years ago this was a cover. And I only ever hear "we'll fall in love to the rhythm of the ceiling fan" So there's an unfortunate misheard lyric and accompanying visual image that doesn't help. Also, the most skippable of all skippable tracks round here today. It should thank me for this auspicious placing when it really dosesn't deserve it.

SILVER - Nothing But Love.  But by nothing more than a whisker. Classy.

BRONZE - Kiss the Girl.  I was going to use this in a Battle a few years ago. Catchy and cute little cover. It sounds like Brian is having fun with this one and now I'm curious to see the part of the movie where it's used.

TIN - Daybreak.  Despite its placing, this is really really pretty. I bet that Tom Cruise never lures women with his exceptional bottle spinning skills to this one, even though it would have probably been the number one hit around here if it was in the movie.



Larry, what is wrong with Peter Hollan's face? He looks like a well-groomed golden retriever of the best possible linage. He has got a hint of that annoying nasal quality though.


Here She Comes was mentioned as skippable. Not for me, I skip the rest of the album to get to it.



And another song I know a lot of people skip but I really enjoy.





Thanks, Cantina. You always bring up an interesting week.





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Larry Franz

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bonnie -- I don't hate "Hold On Dear Brother". The guitars are nice but overall I find it kind of boring and therefore skip-worthy.

As for Peter Hollens's face:

[j3uwvica6mknn0lu0gyy]

I rest my case.

One more thing about "Add Some Music". That lyric:

The world could come together as one
If everybody under the sun
Add some music to your day

The world felt especially precarious in February 1970, when the single was released. Bringing everyone together by adding music to their day sounded silly. There's poetic license, of course, but it still does.


A song that was skipped a lot nine years later: the 11 minute disco version of "Here Comes the Night". I played it today for the first time in 40 years. Some of the vocals are very nice, but the original is immensely preferable.

"Here Comes the Night" (1967)
youtube.com/watch?v=m7cvTr8HigA

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Lisa G/TS

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Have no fear, Cantina, my dear! I haven't skipped out on you!

GOLD -- Nothing But Love, Brian Wilson et al -- My Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Gold this week! Good catch, Cantina, re: the "Savoy Truffle"-ish sax riffs. A bright and bubbly tune to my ears, and I still have a great memory of a slight false start on this on the Gershwin tour (temporary tech issue...audience breaking into a brief "Happy Birthday" serenade since BW's birthday was only 2 days previous). I'm presently wishing him the best with his latest health issues...Get Well Soon, Sir!

SILVER -- Kiss The Girl, BW et al -- Not one of my top favourite Disney tunes, but given the competition this week, it could only rank slightly higher.  

BRONZE -- Kokomo, Beach Boys -- Generally, my reaction to this has always been similar to these classic Sesame Street martians from my childhood (and said just as emphatically):



TIN -- Daybreak Over the Ocean -- To me, this sounds a bit like a "Kokomo" rewrite, which of course makes it even more unbearable than the original! Ach du lieber! Nein indeed! 

Thanks, CM !
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