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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Legendary Masked Surfers live
« on: August 18, 2016, 01:37:42 AM »
Thanks Mark. That makes a lot more sense to me now.


DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Legendary Masked Surfers live
« on: August 17, 2016, 11:26:00 PM »
I had not realised that this was the incident in which Jan and Dean were booed off, and thus inspired to practice until they could genuinely put on a show. In fact I had not realised that Jan was involved in this at all. Presumably he was one of the "surprise guests".

I am puzzled though. The notes in the brochure that you paraphrase indicate that Dean took LMS and California with some seriousness, which corresponds to a contemporary interview I remember (From Hot Wacks maybe), which left me with the impression that he saw one or both as his way back into the 70s music scene. In that case why would he sabotage himself by turning an advertised LMS performance into a botched J&D appearance that nobody was expecting? Why would he not perform Gonna Hustle You and Summer Means Fun to get or keep some momentum going for himself?

Perhaps only Dean can answer this though  :)


DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Legendary Masked Surfers live
« on: August 17, 2016, 07:18:22 AM »

Dean recently posted an old Surfers' Stomp poster on his Facebook page.

It lists the Legendary Masked Surfers as one of the bands playing. Does anyone have any idea who, apart from Dean, was playing in this band? Was it just a pickup band given the name Dean was using at that point, or was there an actual live version of LMS?


DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Dean's Book
« on: July 12, 2016, 02:19:59 AM »
I am not sure there is a mystery :)

Yesterday Dean Torrence posted this on Facebook in his official account:

so Dean thinks that it is his book :)

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Surf/Beach Roadtrip Songs
« on: September 14, 2015, 12:11:10 AM »
What: nothing by The Malibooz?!?


DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Movie-Drag City
« on: June 10, 2014, 12:29:02 AM »
There wis an older thread that discussed Don Alfeld's illness here:

It is indeed sad, but it certainly seems as though the movie will not happen.


DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Gentleman
« on: May 09, 2014, 12:17:27 AM »
I'm glad I asked, because that is an interesting set of images.

Thanks SurfingAgain!

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Gentleman
« on: May 08, 2014, 03:12:49 AM »
Where is the image from? Is it a painting by Jill Gibson?


I think it was me that mentioned the bluegrass version of Jennie Lee. If it was, then this is separate to any confusion about the 80s re-recordings. The "bluegrass" version is on Dean's compilation The Legendary Masked Surfer Unmasked and is credited to Dean Torrence. The cover states that it is previously unreleased and recorded in 1985. It is produced by Dean and Gary Griffin.


DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Restless Surfer
« on: January 14, 2014, 05:02:59 AM »
I'm saying that Jan produced Dean's vocal sessions for "The Restless Surfer" . . . (which Bones Howe called by its original title "Vagabond" during recording). Now, I don't think that's saying much, because the song was a "hurry-up" kind of filler for the album. No vocal harmonies at all, which was a shame. And there are far better examples of Dean on lead vocals.

I have always loved this track since I first heard it as a teenager when the album was released in England (and not all J&D albums were). I love the so-very-Dean falsetto right at the  end :)

In an alternate universe The Legendary Masked Surfers' single Gonna Hustle You was a big hit in 1973, after which Dean and a variety of others (including Bruce & Terry and Mike Love) rerecorded many old Jan & Dean and Beach Boys songs under the LMS brand name, interspersed with occasional new stuff - like their Top Forty hit Ocean Park Angel.

And everyone was happy that Dean had found a way to move on and create a second career for himself.

Except for a few Jan and Dean fans who were angry because nowadays everyone thinks that Surf City, Dead Man's Curve, and The Little Old Lady were originally hits for the Legendary Masked Surfers (and hardly anyone credits J&D anymore). That certainly seems to be how a lot of disk jockeys on the internet act.



« on: August 15, 2013, 02:38:03 AM »
And hopefully any release from the master recordings will include Mother Earth - in my opinion the best of Jan's recordings from that period :)


DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Dean's new CD.. is it still happening?
« on: July 22, 2013, 10:55:35 AM »
So I finally found something close that seems close to the actual facts about the Bamboo Trading Company, Dean, and the alleged new Dean album here: in a post from David Beard.

The most relevant quote from David Beard is in direct answer to a post asking  "May I ask why Dean isn't a member of this group? Wasn't this his idea for the album? Wasn't he gonna do an album of the same name? Or at least a group member?"

He says:

"Pretty simple really.  Dean had a great time in the studio recording the songs he participated on.  The article link you sent mentions two of the four recordings.  We Gary, Dean and I evaluated the amount of participation that was comfortable for Dean.  At the end of the day, Dean decided that he wanted to be a guest star.  Gary then suggested a self-titled album.

Dean might be doing some more recordings, but that is still up in the air. "

So now we know :)


DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Dean's new CD.. is it still happening?
« on: July 07, 2013, 09:43:23 AM »
This story originated from David Beard who said Dean was recording for a new album. He then posted that the title was From Kittyhawk to Surf City. He then posted this:

So the new album "by Dean" was actually the Bamboo Trading Company album which featured Dean and his daughters on two tracks.


DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Surfin USA/Surf City
« on: June 24, 2013, 02:23:11 AM »
I had never heard the "Goody Connie..." story until a couple of weeks ago. I follow the official Brian Wilson account on Facebook and on June 10 Brian, or an assistant posted this:

Fifty years ago Brian wrote "Goody Connie Won't You Come Back Home." He gave it to Jan and Dean, who finished writing and recording it with Brian. The song became "Surf City" and it was Brian's first number one hit this month in 1963.

So that, for what its worth, is the current story from Brian's camp.

Oh, and the post was accompanied by a photograph of the picture cover from the original single which you can see here:

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