Thursday, October 30, 2008

An Early Clue to the New Direction (Special Just Back From Paris! Video Edition)

From 1966, here's the original backing track of "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow," from the Beach Boys' Smile, a/k/a the Most Famous Lost Album in Rock (Nay, Music) History.

Incidentally, while in the land of the Ignoble Frog, I was reading Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall & Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, by Peter Ames Carlin, which has all the amazing backstory on the above and much more, and is highly recommended.

As always, a coveted PowerPop No-Prize will be awarded to the first reader who gleans the track's relevance to the theme of tomorrow's Weekend Listomania.

And boy, am I not holding my breath on THIS one.

[h/t Kerrin L. Griffith]


ms. rosa said...

Fire! Fire!

steve simels said...

Alas, no.

TMink said...

Songs with extensive sound effects?

Songs about animals?

Songs/albums named after emotions?

Songs of madness? (NTTIAWWT)


Who Am Us Anyway? said...

The She Said She Said Edition of Songs Associated with Acid?

The Highway 61 Revisited Edition of Songs Featuring Slide Whistles?

dSmith said...

Songs the Beach Boys didn't release?
Admittedly, a broad category but still.

steve simels said...

tmink said...

Songs/albums named after emotions?


Okay, close enough, ya bastid kid.

Your coveted No-Prize is on its way by Gerbil Express (don't laugh -- I have stock in the company).

dave™© said...

"Catch a Wave" is probably the best book about Brian out there. Mike Love, as always, comes across as a pure fucking asshole.

BTW, even this version of "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow" isn't the legendary lost really true no shit this is it version. Did you know Van Dyke Parks' ex-wife has a bunch of "Smile" acetates in her attic (or wherever the hell she stores stuff)? Mr. Parks is well aware of them, too, apparently...

TMink said...

Whoa Dave, that is huge! I think she should do something with them soon, I am not sure the kids love Brian like us old farts.


Anonymous said...

Happiness is a warm gun -beatles
Good Day Sunshine - beatles