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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 / Dean Torrence - new album
« on: April 10, 2012, 02:08:41 AM »
It appears from David Beard's Examiner site that Dean is currently working on a new album to be released under the name of the Bamboo Trading Company:

It would be great if this was genuinely new - I would relish that. However the "working title" is From Kitty Hawk to Surf City, so we shall have to wait and see...


DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / California - stoned myth or recorded reality?
« on: October 25, 2011, 12:59:04 AM »
In the thread about how Dean's career might have progressed differently if Jan had died in 1966, I argue that it would probably not have been very different, because Dean actually did do work on his own although it was never commercially successful.

I mention California the group he allegedly formed with Brian Wilson, Bruce Johnston and Terry Melcher as a post-surf supergroup for the seventies. I remember reading several articles about this years and years ago from different perspectives.

They were intended to launch Bruce & Terry's new Equinox label, but nothing was ever released. Some material was later redone and released as California Music but with different singers.

Does anyone know if the original participants in California actually got anything down on tape? Is there any unreleased material that is (more or less) finished, or was the original incarnation of California just a daydream?

I ask because I have always imagined that a "post-surf supergroup" might sound very much like J&D do on Ocean Park Angel - and the prospect of more in that vein is definitely worth hunting down if it exists :)


DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Vegetables by Laughing Gravy
« on: November 02, 2010, 05:55:46 AM »
This is a random chain of thought, which occurred to me last night.

In 1967 Dean released a version of Vegetables that (according to various sources) featured him on massed overdubs assisted (or not) by Brian Wilson and  the Honeys. Then in 1971 they all apparently went back into the studio to rerecord backing vocals for its re-release on the J&D Anthology album.

According to ( Brian is credited as co-producing the original, although there is some dispute as to who actually sang on it.

This chain of thought began with me thinking that it is odd that this single is rarely mentioned either in discussions of J&D or in discussions of the BB Smile/Smiley Smile period.

I clearly remember that the single came out BEFORE Smiley Smile, and so was the first time the song had been made available to the record-buying public - and yet it is in a totally different style to either the Smile or Smiley Smile versions.

It is audibly not a throwaway effort on Dean's part, and the question of whether the song was reimagined as a piano-led singsong by Dean, or perhaps by Brian, intrigues me. If Brian gave Dean a completely rethought version then this is an interesting side-puzzle for Smile theorists. If Dean heard the Smile version and then recast it like this, then that is just, well, interesting :)

I am also intrigued as to where it fits in in the J&D singles / Save for A rainy Day timeline. Was it created, for example, by the same group in the same garage as SFARD?

What was Dean and Brian's relationship at this point? If Dean knew the song this perhaps indicates that he was around the studio while Smile was being recorded, or at Brian's house when it was played back.

Perhaps all it indicates is that Dean (and Jan presumably) were indeed part of a loose-knit, overlapping group who swapped ideas and hung out with each other, a psychedelic sequel to the Barbara Ann story...

My chain of thought ended with me wondering if there was any interesting background to this, or if I was just overthinking.

Any thoughts? Even better: any actual information?


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