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bonnie bella

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Hi Cantina, an interesting week.  [smile]  Pooh's cute, but  I'm more of a Tigger fan.


Here's something that might fit in with some of the SMiLE stuff.  

The Avalanches, apparently heavily inspired by Brian.


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@bonnie:
but from a pedagogical point of view, Tigger doesn't make a good influence on the kangaroo kid.[nono]
Seems to be the same soul as Al's lion king boar.

@Lisa G/TS
the pink elephants is just perfect! Breathes an indisputable SMiLE odour. [tongue]

Sorry guys, we've been reaching the point that I can't do justice to all of your messages. Wait, I've got it ... mid term planning at the office is boring and useless, I will tell my boss. Plenty of time reserve for more important things. [tounge2]
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Cantina, love the Heffalumps und Wusel. Now my votes:

GOLD - Brian Wilson

SILVER - Winnie the Pooh/The Mellomen

BRONZE - Sir Paul & Wings

The coveted TIN - Abba

This little slice of psychedelia has even appeared on Beatles bootlegs, but Dudley Moore claimed he was actually parodying The Beach Boys when he wrote it:

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Flaming Lips did "Good Vibrations" at last year's Brian Fest in L.A.

"Space Bible with Volume Lumps", Christmas on Mars, 2008



"Approaching Pavonia Mons by Balloon (Utopia Plantia)", Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, 2002



"Watching the Planets", Embryonic, 2009

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A real Beatle 'boot': check out this alternate "Flying":

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Well, let's advertise "I'm A Marionette".

For notorious ABBA haters, it may be hard to listen to. But please note that Beach Boys haters will never even discover the depth of Brian Wilson's work behind a wall of surf and sand and twist clichés. And there are many of them in my home, believe me. Of course there's a ... let's say ... very popular or even commercial touch in the four Swedes, and high percentage of their work and behaviour followed a painful poppy formula. -cough- Something we know well here.

But there's a strong song writing team behind it. Andersson/Ulvaeus are often talked about as the "Swedish Beatles", which might be a bit exaggerated. They started by creating commercial songs suitable for something like the imfamous ESC, but in the depth of their albums, musical ambition increased remarkably. There's a row of 3 great ABBA works from the mid-70s which I can accept as fully compatible to my love for BW material: ABBA (1975), Arrival (1976), The Album (1977). Listening to "I Do I Do (...)" with all faders up is as cool as enjoying "Your Imagination". "I've Been Waiting For You" is heartbreaking, "Dancing Queen" is a Euro pop revolution in itself, and "Hole In Your Soul" is a breathtaking little hard rock number. And that orchestral tendency in their work, from "Intermezzo No 1" over to "Arrival" and "I'm A Marionette" has my respect.

We know the story of "Marionette": meant to be the peak of a mini musical at the end of "The Album". Cute wording here because in a SMiLE context, we call that a "movement" within the album's concept. The minimalistic bass riff at the very start is amazing, the dramatically changing beat is theatrical and irritating, and the well-performed central guitar solo floats on top of the central chord progression of "Good vibrations". Very high energy, production is great (which isn't a constant quality of their work), and the closing section could as well serve as a boombastic Genesis or Queen concert encore. Behind a prejudice of listening to a teenie band, of course, you won't take that as serious, and a bit of quality might have come accidentially. But for ABBA fans (me included), the song hasn't a single boring second, and its closing causes goosebumps. The effect on me is similar to "Tomorrow Never Knows" at the end of Revolver - wanting more of it. And that has nothing at all to do with nice girls and "summer clothes".

By the way: Darren reported that my link to "Oxygen To the Brain" caused some difficulties. Here's an alternate one which I like a lot - it's a demo version with backing vocals sounding even more like from SMiLE. Amazing piano chords, great rough vocals, Brian not quite tuned, but at his very best voice, ripped song writing which hasn't lost a single atom of its talent.

oops ... I planned to advertise a different song [sneaky]

P.S.: like the alternate Flying a lot
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Cantina,

I REALLY like the demo. It shows that it's a good song from the outset.  I like that the descending horn is out of the demo. 

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Really well written, Cantina. 

The clip in your original post, which is the album master, doesn't work in the UK or Canada. 

But this does...



Voting soon. Still taking them in. 


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To see Heffalumps and woozles on a Brian Wilson battle of the bands page is definitely not something I ever imagined would happen, but yikes am I stoked about it haha!

My votes for this week:

Gold: Picasso's Last Words - Paul McCartney
It's a long song and it's kinda weird and there's so many different feels throughout the song. It's a bit of a journey and my soft spot for Paul definitely shows. I love it!

Silver: Oxygen To The Brain - Brian Wilson
This was suuuuuuper close. I'd almost like to tie it with first but I don't want to do that. Only by the slightest smidge. It's such a great track!

Bronze: Heffalumps and Woozles
Seeing this on the list made my heart smile!!!

Tin: I'm A Marionette - ABBA
Ew. Just ... Ew.


Thanks for the songs [smile]


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Gold - Oxygen to the Brain (Brian Wilson - 2008)
I’ll give it to Brian. But not a song I’d seek out to play. Plenty of better songs on That Lucky Old Sun.

Silver - Heffalumps and Woozles (from Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day - 1968)
I’m a sucker for kids’ musicals; even cute songs I didn’t know before. And it’s an earworm. I found myself whistling it. Grew up with a Winnie the Pooh EP but that was the extent of it.

Bronze - I’m a Marionette (ABBA - 1977)
Plenty of ABBA songs I love. We didn’t have that ABBA album. If this is indicative, we didn’t miss much. The movie today is remembered more for Robert Hughes!

Participant - Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me) (Paul McCartney and Wings - 1973)
Just occurred to me – is that Denny Laine singing the opening line? Regardless, a throwaway song. Half an idea and then it’s ‘let’s throw in some other songs from the album and that’ll stretch it out’. Favourite songs on Band on the Run are ‘Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five’ and ‘No Words’. ‘Jet’ is good too. This…pass. 

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Psychedelic pop passions, or big bellied brownish-yellow bears?  



Ten years later, it almost seems as if they gave "Barbara Ann" a nifty little synthesized makeover.





Pooh was never as real to me as this mottled lot, but I bet he smelt a whole lot better.




And Pooh never had a stylish blue duffel jacket and oversize hat like the globe trotting Paddington.




Cantina, I fully understand your point about ABBA, and do recognize the talent.  So this is for you, and Pooh.  


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Dewey Cox drops acid with the Beatles (about 3:05):

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Gold - Winnie - very trippy 
Silver - Paul
bronze - Brian
tin - sadly Abba - nice to see them here, but this is one of my least favourite songs of theirs.

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If you had been part of the editing team, and if it had been allowed to pick songs from other artists and different times, what would you have thrown in ?

Actually, nothing from other artists and different times. The closest I can get:

One we imagined was from Smile at the time: "Cool, Cool Water" (this is the 1971 single with "Forever" that went nowhere)



Plus one that belonged: "Can't Wait Too Long" (recorded 1967/68 & released 1990)



As for other artists, only the Beatles. In honor of Rubber Soul and Revolver, since they're not YouTube-friendly.

Pete Shelley, "Think For Yourself", 2012



The Vines, "I'm Only Sleeping", 2001



PS -- One vote for Eeyore.
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Fascinating battle, Cantina, and some fascinating music from a distinctive period in music and pop culture. Here's a few songs and related videos that remind me of the artists in the battle and of the BBs/Beatles SMiLE era:

These Canadian guys and this song from the mid-70s were rumored to be the secretly reunited Beatles, and recalling the Beatles' trippier music of the late 60s:


Larry has aptly cited several songs by the Flaming Lips, who were certainly influenced by some of the innovative music and studio techniques of the mid/late 60s Beatles and Beach Boys. This Flaming Lips song from Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, and the video in particular, are quite reminiscent of the SMiLE and Magical Mystery Tour era Beatles and Brian/BBs. Note the uses of people in animal costumes (a la Magical Mystery Tour), and a live elephant, in the video:


With regard to trippy animated Disney music and videos, we should go way back to Disney's early classic animated film, Fantasia, from 1940, to make one wonder what the writers and artists must have been ingesting when they came up with animation like this more than 75 years ago to go with some very visually evocative classical music in the film, first "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment, then "A Night on Bald Mountain":






Back later in the week to cast my votes.
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