Post by Sheriff John Stone on Dec 28, 2020 18:48:27 GMT
I was listening to the radio this morning and on came "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" by The Eurythmics. That got me to thinking about Dave Stewart, and how he worked with Carnie and Wendy Wilson - and Brian Wilson - on the 1997 album, The Wilsons. That also got me to thinking how many people were "brought in" to work with Brian Wilson during his solo career. They, Brian's team, really tried to get something going, catch lightning in a bottle, create a spark - pick your cliche' - in getting Brian a hit, whether it be a hit album or a hit single. I guess they thought that these collaborators would bring to the game something that the solo Brian Wilson lacked. Maybe it was a song or part of a song. Maybe it was a different/additional voice. Maybe it was being more in touch with the then-present day music scene. Maybe it was simply being more familiar with modern studio technology that would result in a better sounding record.
Sadly, in the end, Brian never got that elusive hit album or hit single. Specifically, my question has to do with Brian's solo singles. Brian's highest charting single in the U.S. was "Your Imagination" which peaked at No. 103 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. It also hit No. 20 on the AC Chart. Oddly enough, two Christmas songs, "What I Really Want For Christmas" and "Deck The Halls" also charted on the U.S. AC Chart. It should be mentioned that a couple of singles from BWPS charted in the U.K.
My question? Which song, whether it was released as a single or not, do you think had the most potential to be that elusive hit single for the solo Brian Wilson? I actually have two that coincidentally come from the same album. First, I think that Brian's best solo song, or a song that is constantly in my personal Top Three, is "Lay Down Burden". I think it is an excellent song including the intro, melody, production, lyrics, and especially Brian's vocal. Oddly, to me anyway, it was never released as a single. The other song, "Dream Angel" is a song that has seldom been mentioned positively in published reviews and on various message boards. I find "Dream Angel" to very Beach Boyish in a good way. Again, I like the melody, production, and the vocals, both lead and background. I could hear it being played on the radio back in 1998.
Does anybody have a Brian Wilson solo song, that when you hear it, think that it shoulda/woulda/coulda been a hit single?