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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: what is the deal with Sidewalk Surfin
« Last post by Surfermike on November 19, 2018, 10:17:46 AM »
Since skateboarding is still a big craze these days, I thought maybe these skateboard kids would get a kick out of a song about their favorite sport. Maybe that's why it's played allot? Probably not. They don't care about music that's over 50 years old. I remember during the second boom (1975) when skateboarding came back in full blast, I would open the doors to my van and blast my 8 track tape with J&D and skate around the parking lot. Don't think anyone is doing that today. Lets be glad that song is being played at all. Hope they keep playing Jan & Dean forever. Mike Love most likely helped with the lyrics since Brian wasn't too familiar with surfing terms when he wrote Catch a Wave. I would love to hear Skateboard Surfin' USA by Jan on the radio since I like that better than Sidewalk Surfin'.
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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: what is the deal with Sidewalk Surfin
« Last post by 1Jay1 on November 19, 2018, 09:55:56 AM »
As i m aware. Jan didnt write it. He asked roger to add new words to catch a wave with a skateboard theme. Maybe mike wasnt credited as brian wrote the music, its the same with folk city. Why no brian credit, its a rework of surfcity, 
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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: what is the deal with Sidewalk Surfin
« Last post by Spazzatron on November 19, 2018, 09:43:43 AM »
The thing that gets me is, since the song is a rewrite of Catch a Wave shouldn't the credits read "Wilson-Love-Berry-Christian" as Mike co-wrote the original lyrics?  I realize there are personal and legal issues as to why it wasn't credited that way but as one of the original composers his name rightly belongs on it, too.
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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: what is the deal with Sidewalk Surfin
« Last post by 1Jay1 on November 19, 2018, 08:38:41 AM »
sidewalk surfin was on ride the wild surf and little old lady albums.,  Even though screen gems inc didnt want the same song repeated. Maybe thats why sales wasn t high. 
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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / what is the deal with Sidewalk Surfin
« Last post by jdman on November 19, 2018, 07:54:46 AM »
First of all, I love what Jan did with this song. It's a great production and an improvement on the BB album cut. But with that said, it was barely a Top 25 record and it plays on oldies stations about as much as Surf City and Little Old Lady. It plays more than DMC. which is crazy! It plays much more than Drag City and Honolulu lulu, which are Top 10 songs.

So what's the deal? Why so much attention for a song that was barely top 25 and Jan and Dean's 10th biggest hit?
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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Jan's stand alone biography
« Last post by 1Jay1 on November 13, 2018, 04:07:07 AM »
Hey surferbee, is that the name of jan book? I d like to see, Don altfield and jill gibson work on jan biography, as they worked with jan.
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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Altfield-gibson
« Last post by jdman on November 12, 2018, 07:51:14 AM »
I agree with you 100%. The lyrics needed help in 1965. Jan's music was great! But the lyrics just didn't get it to the next level.
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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Jan's stand alone biography
« Last post by surferbee on November 12, 2018, 03:08:59 AM »
Hi Mark

I just wondered how the biography was going?

All the best as always from the UK.
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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Altfield-gibson
« Last post by Spazzatron on November 09, 2018, 01:07:06 PM »
Don & Jill wrote some nice songs that were used on The Yellow Balloon's album that are very "Jan & Dean in late '66."  They both worked with Jan on his Carnival of Sound project, but I think their professional partnership was already coming to an end even before the accident.  Obviously afterwards it was a very different dynamic and they'd both moved in other professional directions.

Roger Christian's car lyrics are great, other-subject material is another matter.  I find most of it lyrically cumbersome and ham-fisted.  I Can't Wait to Love You is a fantastic track, one of Jan's best from '65 but it suffers from Roger's mediocre lyrics.  They don't do anything to make the recording pop and there are a couple of lines that are downright embarrassing.  They just don't work.  The same is true for A Beginning From an End.  Great track, corny lyrics.  I think if Jan had more time to work on them or had a different lyricist on that material he might have gotten a hit record.
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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Altfield-gibson
« Last post by 1Jay1 on November 08, 2018, 08:11:27 AM »
Its a shame Don altfield and jill gibson, along with roger christian, didnt carry on as a team with jan, on a professonal level,in the 70s, as together they wrote some great songs,
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