Originally aired on NBC in November 1976 as "It's OK," produced by Lorne Michaels of SNL, this 50 minute special mixes live footage, studio footage, interviews, and even comedy to promote the "Brian's Back" era of The Beach Boys.
The live footage is pretty good, but for my money, the Knebworth show is far better. The in studio version of That Same Song featured in the doc is, IMO, superior than the 15BO version. Carl, Dennis, and Brian singing I'm Bugged At My Old Man is pretty fun. It's a far better fit here than at the tail end of the SDSN album. The sketch with Dan Akyroyd and John Belushi "arresting" Brian and making him surf is pretty funny.
When released on DVD a few years ago, it was redubbed "Good Vibrations Tour," perhaps in an attempt to pass it off as a concert from the archives.
This documentary really brings home the point that The Beach Boys in 1976, despite pushing a new album with Brian Wilson at the helm, were very much a nostalgia act. Of the 13 live songs featured, only two are new (at the time), and 10 are 60s classics.
I think I've seen most of this but in little clips on youtube, out of order and sporadically. I assume it's because they were taken out of context, but the Brian scenes came off as sad rather than comical, though there is a brief moment in the Bugged At My Old Man clip where the brothers all kind of smile at each other and giggle which is amusing and endearing.
carllove: If you want to pick one today, I can do one Monday. Gotta start getting ready to power wash my deck this morning! Did get my thoughts in on 2010 this morning. Rough year!
Sept 18, 2021 13:04:24 GMT
carllove: Actually Kapitan, my husband is still sleeping, so I will choose a year this morning. It will be 1972.
Sept 18, 2021 13:14:07 GMT
B.E.: '63-72 - not just the best years for the Beach Boys but for popular music.
Sept 18, 2021 13:25:18 GMT
Kapitan: Great year for music!
Sept 18, 2021 14:34:33 GMT
B.E.: So, "H.E.L.P. Is On The Way" quotes a Kenny Rogers song. Had no idea...
Sept 19, 2021 18:50:49 GMT
Kapitan: You mean "what condition my condition is in"?
Sept 19, 2021 21:16:37 GMT
B.E.: Yes. Is there more to the story? Is it from somewhere else?
Sept 19, 2021 21:51:28 GMT
Kapitan: No, I was actually wondering the same from you! I just recognized the phrase, no idea of any specific details, reasons, stories.
Sept 19, 2021 22:42:38 GMT
jk: carllove, I see you double-posted in the "365 Days" topic. You can delete the first one, you know. Just click on the cogwheel at top right of that post and it gives you that option.
Sept 20, 2021 7:14:11 GMT
Kapitan: "Sail On, Sailor" and "Only With You" are up for discussion and rating. (As of yesterday, so is George Harrison's self-titled album, in the Beatles rating thread.)
Sept 20, 2021 11:58:33 GMT
jk: Sheriff John Stone: Are you planning to continue your Sparks history? It's been fascinating so far and I'm sure I'm not the only poster here who would appreciate it. When the time is right, of course.
Sept 20, 2021 20:19:15 GMT
Sheriff John Stone: Thanks, jk. I apologize for dragging my feet. I expect to have something posted in a few days.
Sept 20, 2021 22:35:38 GMT
Kapitan: That is NO EXCUSE. You're guilty as charged (said the guy who realized today he started a Prince thread like a month or more ago and 100% forgot about it).
Sept 20, 2021 22:48:03 GMT