Brian Wilson has a website. On that site, there are music lovers who have been playing a game for the past nine years. It’s called “The Battle of the Bands”. Someone posts videos for four songs. Usually there is a theme that ties the songs together. People then rank the four songs. They also post their own videos. There is discussion. It’s almost always very polite. Each battle lasts one week. You have to register on the site in order to participate. It’s free and nobody will bother you with annoying advertisements or solicitations. The whole thing is kind of fun.
Oh, one of the four songs has to have a connection to Brian Wilson or the Beach Boys.
This week’s battle is called “It’s Over”. These are the four songs.
The Everly Brothers — “Crying inthe Rain” (1962). Co-written by Carole King.
The Miracles — “Ooo Baby Baby”(1965). Co-written, produced and sung by Smokey Robinson.
Neil Young — “Like a Hurricane”(1977). This is a live version from 1982. The studio version is equally long.
The Beach Boys — “I Just Wasn’tMade For These Times” (1966). Co-written with Tony Asher. It’sthe end of innocence? optimism? faith in one’s fellow human beings?
In case you’d like to visit and maybe even participate, please go here. The people who do participate are very nice and will thank you for showing up.
(Plus, we rarely discuss politics. Although it’s sometimes hard to resist, considering the present situation.)