The Beach Boys, M.I.U. Album (1978)
One of the things I really love about The Beach Boys these days – or I mean, listening to the Beach Boys these days – is imagining the mindset. Particularly in the “Brian Is Back” era of the mid-to-late 70s….weird little “comeback” albums that kinda tanked but offered this weird, sometimes-winning, version of hope. Disco and punk – big trends then, and then there’s The Beach Boys peddling 50s/60s glee and twee…It’s almost excruciating. But sometimes you find a gem or two, buried deep on almost any of the albums. I always liked this album – even though it’s not what you could call great. But just listening to it, imagining this band, dysfunctional, struggling, key members disappearing and reappearing only for a reluctant walk-on…and then within and around all of that you get these great songs, or great song-ideas, little snatches of beautiful melody, the haunted, hunted, daunting songwriting of Brian. It’s all a beautiful mess to me. Sexist songs dressed up to sparkle. Little throwaway ditties that have gone on to inform so much of the great ‘indie/alt’ music of the 90s and 00s. Such a strange and fascinating world.
Sample Track: Hey Little Tomboy
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