Monday, 19 August 2013

Lexie's Chain: The Hundred and Thirty Fifth Chain

Hello pals! Welcome to week 135 of #lexieschain. Last week the winner was Harvs & Lord P wiv Beach Boys and Wouldn't It Be Nice. Brillant linky pals! So wot dus we dus av this week? 

I have been thinking about links to do with the Beach and the Beach Boys this week. A band I like at the moment are Beach House they produce very dreamy relaxing music and that always good. The song I like and that they are best known for is Zebra so that's my choice hope you like it.

Wouldn't it be Nice the opening track on "Pet Sounds" an LP on which Brian Wilson sought to put his immense creativity as a songwriter and musician into developing the Beach Boys sound beyond pop songs about a Californian lifestyle of girls and beaches. Brian Wilson succeeded and his influence and that of Pet Sounds have been lasting. Sadly WIlson's career since then has been sporadic as mental health and drug issues have dogged his life. It is a life similar to that of Peter Green, another immensely talented musician and creative songwriter who sought to move the sound of Fleetwood Mac away from RnB. In a period of less than two years before he suffered from drug induced mental illness he succeeded in developing the sound and pushing the boundaries with tracks such as Albatross and Green Manalishi.

Of Wouldn't it be Nice Brian Wilson said "It expresses the frustrations of youth, what you can't have, what you really want and you have to wait for it". The needs and frailties of the individual were also themes in Peter Green's work, one such is our linky this week, "Man of the World" a song about a man who has everything he wants, except the woman he craves but also a man questioning his own worth. Here at their best, which they were when Peter Green was the driving force of the band are Fleetwood Mac with "Man of the World" 

Last week Harvs & Lord Percy did give us a happy singalong song by da Beachboys. Dis woz on da album “Sights and Sounds of Summer. My linky dis week be Cliff Richard & the Shadows wiv “Summer Holiday” so everyone can sing along to it as they also goes off on their holibobs.

Last weeks winner was @bunnersandharvs (well done) with the Beach Boys singing Wouldn't it be Nice, the Beach Boys were, I believe, from California and they certainly created some lovely foot tapping records. In the mood of California I have to choose The Mamas and Papas and their song California Dreaming.

Excellent win with "wouldn't it be nice", an upbeat song about teen angst. I looked to see the session musicians on that track, and the drummer was Hal Blaine. He backed an incredible array of famous groups, in particular the Fifth Dimension on another summer psychedelic tune, "Stone soul Picnic". My offering is by the writer, Lauro Nyro.

Congrats to Harvs & Lord P ! Great win , great song ,great album. " Wouldn't It Be Nice " is from the acclaimed 1966 Beach Boys album Pet Sounds held by many critics to be one of the best albums ever made & credited with ushering in the psychedelic years ('66-'68) . Though short lived the psychedelic years gave us everything from Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Zappa & the Mothers of Invention to the Bubblepuppy. Hot Smoke!

Hurrah, hurray, yippee and a hoodiddley doody doo for Harvs and Lord Percy Plum on their super #lexiechain win giving us Wouldn't it be Nice by The Beach Boys. When this single was 1st released, on the B-side was another superb track: God Only Knows. God Only Knows featured on the soundtrack of the Richard Curtis/Hugh Grant film, Love Actually. Richard Curtis and for that matter,Hugh Grant's, arguably best film will always be Four Wedding and a Funeral. This film throws up my toe-wiggling linky tune this week: Love Is All Around by Wet Wet Wet. Can anypaw else feel it in their toes?

Hello Miss Lexie. I noticed that last week Mr Harvey chose "Wouldn't it be nice" by the Beach Boys. The opening line of that she is "Wouldn't it be nice if we were older, then we wouldn't have to wait so long"…this is a young boy wishing he was old enough to spend some special time with his new girl. That got me to thinking about being older and if that is a curse or a blessing. The Who said they hoped to die before they got old, but I am sure that's not wise…and i bet they are glad now that they didn't. My lovely neighbour is 90 years old and still going strong and is more active than many half her age. But some are not so lucky, so this week I have picked a song by Elvis Costello called Veronica. The song focuses on an older lady who has experienced severe memory loss. Mr Costello's inspiration for this song was his grandmother, who suffered from Alzheimer's. I hope that's not too gloomy for the chain….but it is a beautiful song.

Hmm so then the beach boys dun lots and lots of great toons includin wot you dun won wiv! I like dat one. One of the fings I like is dat two fo the Beach Boys' daughters went on to form a band too wot was called Wilson Phillips dis be from da surnames of them dads wot be Brian Wilson and John Phillips. So I gonna pick on of their songs wot dus be Hold On, wot is also in da fabulus film Bridesmaids wot is very funny!

An da winner ............... as chosen by Bunners & Lord P (well their dad really)  .............. dus be ........... Clapton (@claptonterrier) Well dun CT!. Oh an dat means you will be selectin the winner next week.

Ere wot they said bowt it: hErE wE gO....dEr wAS sUch gOod LiNkiEs aLL aRouNd bUt dAd wEnT wOOky wEN hE hEard Linky 8 cOs hE tHorT iT wAS dA bESt & hE dUs LuVe eLviS cOsTeLLo & dAT oNe oF hiS fAv sOngS so wE goiNg wiD LinKy 8. 

It's over to you! Email me: lexie at toxicpenguin dot com or DM me on twitter (@dogstoyevsky) wiv your link suggestion followin on from dis one! You has until noon (GMT) Sunday 25th August 2013 (gets it to me by 2pm UK time if poss). Oh sometimes I dus accidentally delete em! Heehee. So good idea to type DO NOT DELETE in the title!

Lexie's Chain dus be inspired by da pawsome Radcliffe & Maconie Show wot you can has a listen to on dere website. Follow me @dogstoyevsky or #lexieschain on Twitter to join da fun. Remember anyfink goes! Rock, classical, opera, ballads, punk, reggae - is up to you! Fanx for playin!

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