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JustAlex

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Hello. I'm from Republic of Georgia - tiny country between Russia and Turkey. I'd like to thank once again Brian for his marvellous music, and want to ask a question, if he ever reads this or answers. Beach Boys were largely unknown in then USSR, not due to non-popularity, but due to poor radio reception - all strong stations were jammed by governmental jammers, and what we can only hear was so called sporadic e-propaganation, which, due to living next to seaside, allowed us to hear hour or so of FM radio stations from western Europe, like Bulgaria and surroundings, and surely there were no surfin' waves coming from there 😃 
So it is year 1985 or 86, and our very rich neighbour had a VHS player (they were officially not welcomed during these times). His son was our friend, so he got us once it, to "watch the new spy movie". Which appeared to be "Top Secret" by ZAZ, where Val Kilmer sings beach boys songs medley at intro:



I was immediately blown away! So away, that after that magnificent music ended, even without watching the movie, I run into my home, to bring reel to reel recorder, to copy this wander music for myself. Other songs were also fine, but these were the best. But the problem was, no one know actual composer! (Title said "Maurice Jarre", but no one heard about him either) I've gave that tape to a lot of local musical gurus and answers were weird, starting from Elvis and ending with Marvin Berry and The Starliters 😃 Only after decade later, when internet become available, I've found out who was the original author and performer of these great songs 😉 

So it is interesting, what is Brian's opinion on that medley? I think, it is nicely made and it will sound even great, if Beach Boys will cover by themselves 😃
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D.A.N

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"Flo and Eddie" from The Turtles get a credit for "special thanks" - apparently they worked on this too. 
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paul g adsett

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 brilliant post, ja,
welcome to the blueboard
and thanks for the story.
we're always happy to hear how people find their way to this music.
and, for some, it has not been an easy path to find and explore
what we have been used to being immediately at hand and ear.

here in uk, the early beach boys' music was a different world.
even though i lived by the seaside,
surfing and hot cars were alien to me,
but i was instantly attracted to the fresh sounds and loved 'em ever since.

we were fortunate to visit china in 1982,
just as it was slowly being opened up to western tourism.
i took a large number of cassette mixtapes to play on my toshiba player
and, across the land, left copies of many different types of music,
country and postpunk (by xtc / talking heads  and brighton bands like the piranhas)
that were listened to and played on the machines in places we stayed.
i had not thought about doing this before travelling,
otherwise i might have taken a lot more
(and got arrested for polluting the ears?).

cheers
from sunny brighton, uk
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JustAlex

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Thanks!

By the way, the surfing scenes from that movie were actually filmed in UK, at Holywell bay 😃
I also conducted an interesting experiment - there were some high school students visiting me (I teach them studio photography), so at spare time, I've played some Beach Boys tracks to them (from various years, without noticing band or author to them) and asked opinions about the music. I'm quoting some of them below: 

"Surfin" era songs like fun fun fun, surfer girl, hawaii -

"So sweet and nice, and soo old fashioned, I guess author longtime dead?"
"Isn't that Elvis?"
"Falsetto singer probably was castrate?" (This comes from girl who sings in church choir)

"Heroes and villains" -

"Baroque meets country music?"
"So complex and strange harmonies, will be damn hard for a choir to sing" (Again from church choir girl)

"Good vibrations"

"Flute part harmony is amazing!"
"Why they recorded so lo-fi sounds? it was 30s, right?"
"Wait wait, let me guess, this is F,Gm,C7 progression for sure!" (church girl again)

"Mrs. O'Leary's Cow"

"Please turn this off, it is very scary!!!"
"Authored by devil"
"I think author was very troubled when creating this, I guess his mind was controlled by aliens"

Bedroom Sessions - "I feel so fine"

"Stop playing fool, I know this song, it is from Georgian movie!"
"Nope, it uses just same chord progression as another georgian song (sings it)" (church girl)

"Kokomo"

"I know this movie"
"Just another pop song, who is it, Billy Joel?"

"Smart girls"

"I guessed it, these are Videokids, right? my father has their cassette" 


So it was really funny experience. As noted above, they "guessed" songs, and when I also checked them, they do sound like Brian's 70s era creations, especially this one (From 1977 movie), including organ backings and lo-fi drums:



Hope if Brian reads these forums, he'll find this funny and entertaining 

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JustAlex

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Oh by the way, I've watched that movie ("Top Secret") again, and there are some other references to Beach Boys songs during the movie, not only in intro 😉
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