Tag: Bruce Johnston

The Beach Boys Are Why God Made the Radio

The Beach Boys Are Why God Made the Radio

Music
I can hardly wrap my mind around the fact that it's 2012 and I'm listening to a new Beach Boys album. And by "Beach Boys" I don't mean Mike Love and whatever people he isn't suing at the moment, but THE BEACH BOYS. With Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, Mike, Bruce Johnston, and -- for good measure -- David Marks! Let that sink in for a minute. But the real shocker? That's Why God Made the Radio is no feeble cash-in, my friends. This is a legitimately good album, easily the best the group has released since I was in nursery school. Granted, they haven't really been setting the bar very high over the last 30-plus years, but you get the idea. I think most hardcore fans would've been happy with the long-awaited SMiLE box set, but then they had to go and top that by pulling off the most improbable
You know who knows how to party? White people.

You know who knows how to party? White people.

Album Cover of the Week, Music
For the first Album Cover of the Week posting of 2012, I was hoping to find a good New Year's themed cover. But instead I stumbled across a bunch of old vinyl showing just how totally unhip white people could be whilst partying. Let's go with that instead. Happy 2012! Frankie Paul and the International Polka Band -- Polka Party Munyan & Floyd Lockhart w/The Rhythm Rangers -- Square Dance Party Merv Griffin's Dance Party You know you want to hear Merv Griffin sing and swing to "The Charanga," so here you go. The Mayfair All-Star Orchestra -- Frat House Party Teen Age Dance Party Wanda Jackson -- There's a Party Goin' On Joe Reisman and His Orchestra -- Party Night at Joe's Ray Anthony -- Arthur Murray Dance Party 12 Top Hits The Bruce Johnston Surfing B
Deep Cuts: The Beach Boys

Deep Cuts: The Beach Boys

Music
Memorial Day is just around the corner, and that of course means the unofficial start of summer. And what would a summer be without the music of the Beach Boys? It would be crap, that's what. Everyone knows the biggest hits (and there were a ton of them), but there's a lot of great material that has gone unnoticed by all but the biggest fans. So here's ten overlooked classics by the boys from Hawthorne, CA. (note: the audio player's default level is pretty loud, so headphone wearers beware). "This Whole World" (Sunflower, 1970) - If any song proved that the Beach Boys (and a post-breakdown Brian Wilson) could still deliver the goods after their late-'60s commercial freefall, this was it. In just under two minutes the band packed in more stunning harmonies and top-notch so...