Then go watch these, you'll need the comic relief.
"Murry Wilson, Rock & Roll Dad"
Episode 1 (originally aired 23 August '01)
Episode 2 (originally aired 29 August '01)
Episode 3 (originally aired 5 September '01)
Episode 4 (originally aired 13 September '01)
An amazing selection of Beach Boys material that is not commercially available (concerts, sessions, outtakes, alternate mixes, etc.) can be found at http://bootlegz.blogspot.com
The Rapidshare downloads are kind of a pain (ftp accounts can be had for about $5 for 10 gigs, think about it bloggers), but there's alotta great stuff up there. Check it out BB's fans.
On June 10, Capitol/EMI released the first complete collection of The Beach Boys’ early Capitol Records singles, spanning the years 1962 to 1965. The Beach Boys: U.S. Singles Collection – The Capitol Years (1962-1965) will be released in a highly-collectible, limited edition boxed set of 16 CDs and as a digital collection. Each of the deluxe boxed set’s CDs includes an original single’s A and B-sides, plus other versions of most tracks, from additional mono and stereo mixes to live recordings. Eight previously unreleased mixes are among the new collection’s 66 tracks.
The CD boxed set’s lavish packaging includes 16 individual CDs in digipaks with faithfully reproduced original single artwork, plus a 48-page hardbound photo book with faux sand finish, housed in a striking ‘60s hotrod and surfboard-inspired red and yellow box with wood inlay.
The hit-packed set begins with 1962’s “Surfin’ Safari” and its B-side, “409,” in their original mono mixes, paired with a 1965 concert recording of “409.” Also included are The Beach Boys’ timeless #1 smash Pop hits “I Get Around” and “Help Me Rhonda,” and Top 10 Pop hits “Surfin’ USA,” “Surfer Girl,” “Be True To Your School,” “Little Saint Nick,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “When I Grow Up To Be A Man,” “Dance, Dance, Dance,“ “The Man With All The Toys,” and “California Girls.” The new collection’s other hit sides include “Ten Little Indians,” “Shut Down,” “Little Deuce Coupe,” “In My Room,” “Why Do Fools Fall In Love?,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” “Wendy,” “Little Honda,” “Do You Wanna Dance?” and “Please Let Me Wonder.”
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U.S. Singles Collection – The Capitol Years listening party streams:
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"In 1989 Brian Wilson began recording "Sweet Insanity", an album that was due for release in 1991 but was rejected by Sire. The album was made during one of Wilson's supposedly troubled periods when he was under the influence of psychologist Eugene Landy (who was listed as a co-producer) and included guest performances by both Bob Dylan and Weird Al Yankovic. The album has long been available as a bootleg and four of the songs were subsequently released on later albums.
"Smart Girls" was produced by Matt Dike, the co-founder of Delicious Vinyl who was also part of the production team behind hits by Tone Loc and Young MC. By varying accounts Dike was at one time a member of the Dust Brothers and responsible for a some of the production on The Beastie Boy's "Paul's Boutique" which was recorded in 1989 (roughly the same time as Wilson's album). You can actually hear some vague links as "Smart Girls" employs a similar cut-and-paste sample aesthetic (to far worse effect) as bits of past Beach Boy hits are chopped up and sprinkled throughout the song. "Smart Girls" was supposedly released as a promo to radio stations and Wilson played the song on the air during an interview on Dr. Demento's show in 1992. The LA Weekly dug up this "Brains and Genius" J-Card at a used record shop which may be the radio promo or something else entirely."