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Fun, Fun, Fun [Jun. 27th, 2005|09:33 am]
Tony Grist
BBC3 has been relaying concerts from the Glastonbury festival. Last night they gave us Brian Wilson's gig. Yes, you heard right- Brian Wilson. The Beach Boys' mentally fragile, drug addled infant genius was up on stage with a great backing band belting out the classics. He's in his 60s, paunchy and had to do most of the set sitting down; his voice is weak, he can't reach the high notes but-wotthehell- this is only slightly less sensational than the raising of Lazarus.

Michael Moorcock says of the Beatles that they're "the poets of paradise"- well so they are- but so are the Beach Boys. Fun, Fun Fun, Barbara Ann, Good Vibrations- these are the happiest, most beatific songs of any generation.

[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-06-27 05:43 am (UTC)
I love those frothy songs--Fun, fun, fun...

OMG: I thought Brian Wilson was dead. How icky of me.

(I suppose you've heard about the Live 8 effort that is being promoted to raise the collective consciousness about starvation in Africa. I heard a wag on the radio yesterday, and he was saying cynically, "Oh, well, I suppose Sir Paul will drag out "Let It Be" one more time, but really, I wonder how much good that song's actually done? Since he first sang it, we've had all kinds of war and trouble--hey! Maybe that song's CAUSING it!")
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-06-27 05:57 am (UTC)
Dennis is the Wilson brother who died (diving off a yatch drunk in 1983)

I get them mixed up too. Dennis was the playboy and Brian is/was the genius.

Yes, Bob Geldof has been all over the schedules promoting Live8. There's been all manner of controversy. Some people say it's great and others that it's just ageing white rock stars scrabbling for a final appearance in the spotlight.

So far as I'm concerned Sir Paul can sing Let It Be as often as he likes and it'll still bring a lump to my throat.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-06-27 06:07 am (UTC)
Sir Paul believes in his song, and you can tell when he sings it.

Have you ever seen him live in concert?

(How my little sisters loved the Beatles--Cindy loved Ringo, and Janice loved George. They were eleven and twelve when the Beatles came to the U.S.)
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2005-06-27 06:58 am (UTC)
So far as I'm concerned Sir Paul can sing Let It Be as often as he likes and it'll still bring a lump to my throat

Me too.
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