Tuesday, October 12, 2004


I can't wait to hear this.

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- If Brian Wilson could change just one thing in life, it wouldn't be the legendary emotional traumas, the insecurities, the drug abuse, the battles with weight or the endless legal conflicts that nearly destroyed him.

"I would have made the rhythm of 'California Girls' a little better," Wilson deadpans. "That," he adds with the slightest of smiles, "is my only regret.

Were Wilson not shy and extremely modest by nature, he'd probably be wearing a bigger smile these days. The genius who was the guiding force behind the Beach Boys -- at a time when the group mattered to music as much as the Beatles -- is back in all his creative glory.

The proof is "Smile," a 47-minute rock opera in three movements that, when the composer first envisioned it in 1966, was to have been a "teenage symphony to God."

It's a shame Brian Wilson went nuts in the 60's when the Beach Boys were on top, and not the group of replacements that tour casinos today. Unfortunately most people of my generation probably know the Beach Boys as the group who sing "Kokomo", and not "Don't Worry Baby" or "Good Vibrations".


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