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A podcast about America's band hosted by Mark Dillon, author of Fifty Sides of The Beach Boys, and Phil Miglioratti, host of the Pray for Surf blog.

Surf's Up: A Beach Boys Podcast Safari Mark Dillon and Phil Miglioratti

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A podcast about America's band hosted by Mark Dillon, author of Fifty Sides of The Beach Boys, and Phil Miglioratti, host of the Pray for Surf blog.

    Bobby Figueroa on drumming with the band

    Bobby Figueroa on drumming with the band

    Bobby Figueroa was hired by Dennis Wilson as a Beach Boys percussionist in 1974. He would go on to drum in the band with Ricky Fataar and then Dennis, sometimes with kits side by side. When Dennis was unable to play, Bobby took over on his own. Over 15 years, he was present for the group's mid-70s ascendancy, Beachago, Brian Is Back, Pacific Ocean Blue, and the biggest concerts the group ever played. In this candid chat, he recounts all the heady highs and tragic lows.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Geoffrey Cushing-Murray on co-writing on L.A. (Light Album)

    Geoffrey Cushing-Murray on co-writing on L.A. (Light Album)

    Geoffrey Cushing-Murray co-wrote four tracks for The Beach Boys' 1979 L.A. (Light Album), including fan favorite "Angel Come Home," "Full Sail," "Goin' South" (all with Carl Wilson), and "Love Surrounds Me" (with Dennis). In this interview he lets us in Carl's music room, recalling the process and inspiration behind these tracks and how Brian would walk away whenever he saw him.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Best Beach Boys Songs NOT Written and Produced by Brian Wilson - with Adam Marsland

    The Best Beach Boys Songs NOT Written and Produced by Brian Wilson - with Adam Marsland

    Most of the best known Beach Boys songs were created by Brian Wilson. But all the other band members have made amazing contributions, and in this episode indie popster Adam Marsland runs through an album's worth of top cuts by the rest of the group. We guarantee Adam's choices are unexpected and his commentary insightful.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    The Beach Boys' Brilliant B-sides, and What Is a B-side Anyway?

    The Beach Boys' Brilliant B-sides, and What Is a B-side Anyway?

    The Beach Boys were a rare act that scored two-sided hit records. Their B-sides contained some of Brian Wilson's most heartfelt music, and, later on, Dennis'. Mark and Phil discuss the era of 45 RPM records, the politics behind choosing what went on the A-side and what went on the B-side, and how that helped shape The Beach Boys' creative direction and public perception.

    • 49 min
    This Hour Has 22 Minutes' Mark Critch Nerds Out About The Beach Boys

    This Hour Has 22 Minutes' Mark Critch Nerds Out About The Beach Boys

    Mark Critch, star of CBC satirical news show This Hour Has 22 Minutes, joins hosts Mark Dillon and Phil Miglioratti to talk about his love for The Beach Boys. He discusses becoming a fan growing up in Newfoundland in the 1980s, the dangers of meeting your heroes, and playing Brian on his show. And we're not saying we get him to impersonate Donald Trump introducing the band, but we're not denying it, either.

    • 58 min
    Pet Sounds: The Prequel with author Philip Lambert

    Pet Sounds: The Prequel with author Philip Lambert

    "Pet Sounds: The Prequel"? The Beach Boys' classic 1966 album represented a huge leap forward for the group, but Brian Wilson had been building to it from the start.

    In a new episode of Surf's Up: A Beach Boys Podcast Safari, Philip Lambert, music scholar and editor of Good Vibrations: Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys in Critical Perspective, joins hosts Mark Dillon (Fifty Sides of The Beach Boys) and Phil Miglioratti (Pray For Surf blog) and each comes up with his track lineup of older Beach Boys songs that anticipate the themes, structures and sounds Pet Sounds.

    A fascinating discussion with some insights that are sure to surprise!

    • 51 min

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