brian wilson

  • Thu
    Apr 30
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    May 03
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

the wrecking crew

not sure if you've heard of the wrecking crew, but you've definitely heard them.

wrecking crewthe subject of a recent, fascinating and fun documentary, the wrecking crew was 15-20 (depending on who's counting) of the best session musicians in la from the 60s to mid-70s. 

you thought you were hearing the beach boys, the association, the tijuana brass, the monkees, and the byrds, but you were hearing folks like drummers hal blaine, jim gordon, jim keltner, earl palmer; guitarists tommy tedesco, bass player carole kaye, keyboardist leon russell...frequently jazz musicians, who were paid to play tight, solid, innovative rock grooves.

  • Thu
    Apr 04
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Apr 07
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

50 years ago today

50 years ago heard the wave of surf music, the early brian wilsonvoices of soul, and the schmaltzification of most music on the radio. i'll finish my sample of the former, and go easy on the latter.

but i can't ignore the wonderfully sexist advice of jack jones' "wives and lovers" (one of burt bacharach's brilliant embarrassments), kyu sakamoto's campy "sukiyaki," and brian wilson's [yes, that's him in the photo on the right] "surfer girl" and "surf city."

those were cute, but here's some of what you'll be feeling well after my show: freddy scott's (original) "hey girl," smokey robinson and the miracles' "you really got a hold on me," and marvin gaye's "can i get a witness."

the music of 1963 was on the cusp of radical changes (remember, great britain was already rocking out, but the beatles hadn't yet hit the states).