• musing on charts and rambling coz im procrastinating

    27 Jun 2006, 11:40 by glassandahalf

    I really like the charts.

    I think the whole thing stems back from when I was a kid, and I would religiously watch rage, especially the top 40. I would study and survey, remembering which tracks were where, compared to the week before. There were things I figured out by myself from doing that that I consider vital for problem solving that I had to do later in life, but always it has been problem solving via curiosity. I would wonder why, when it came in at number 1, the clip for Madonna’s Justify My Love was not shown – I found out. It was censored. Why? A million reasons, but mostly because they don’t reckon kids should see that stuff. I would get what was going on. Watch in amazement as the re-release of Bohemian Rhapsody got to number one for like 12 straight weeks coinciding with the release of Queen’s Greatest Hits cd one xmas. This song was like nothing I had ever heard, and to the 10 year old al, was inexplicably popular… Another summer…
  • The Beach Boys 1977-1985

    27 Mar 2006, 17:35 by mk_qp

    The Beach Boys 1977-1985

    This period in Beach Boys history is mostly overlooked by critics (rightly) but I thought I’d write about it anyway.

    The reason I start with 1977 and not 1976 is because I don’t want to have to explain the whole ‘Brian’s Back’ campaign and the 15 Big Ones album. This can be read about elsewhere.

    In many ways, however, Big Ones was merely a stop-gap album and a chance for Brian Wilson to get back into the groove of playing with the Beach Boys again. In truth he didn’t truly return to form until 1977’s Love You album.

    The Beach Boys were stuck for ideas. Creatively their last album had been as redundant as it got, although it spawned one hit single, a cover of Chuck Berry’s ‘Rock And Roll Music’ and ‘It’s OK’, a minor success and the best song on the album. Otherwise though, the album was packed with bad originals or disastrous takes on classic songs.

    Although Carl Wilson was a decent song-writer, he was a spent force and Dennis Wilson appeared to be out of the picture altogether. …