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Last Updated: 28 December 1999

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Questions about the Beach Boys' music releases:

1. Why can't I find Sunflower (or any other album the Beach Boys released 
between 1970 and 1985) on CD? 

2. I've heard the 70's and 80's albums are going to be reissued. Have they, and 
if they haven't, when will they? Are there going to be bonus tracks included? 
Are they being released as "two-fers"? 

3. What's up with these "two-fers" I've heard about? How come when I go the CD 
store I see Canadian or English CD's that contain two Beach Boys albums on it, 
and then I see US versions where only one album is on each CD? 

4. Are there any plans to reissue the Capitol (1961-1969) albums on CD again? 

5. Where can I find the Rarities album on CD? Where can I find the liner notes 
to the album? 

6. What are these "Sea of Tunes" (SOT) CD's you guys keep talking about, and 
what do they have to do with Stack O Tracks? Where can I find these SOT CD's, or 
any other bootlegs? 

7. What's the deal with the Smile album? Is it ever going to be released? 

8. I'm a very casual fan of the Beach Boys, or I'm just getting into them. What 
CD's should I buy? 

9. What's the deal? I went to the record store to buy the Pet Sounds album and 
there are two versions. Which version should I buy? 

10. I'd like to learn more about the Beach Boys. What video documentaries are 
out there? 

11. Are the Beach Boys' solo albums available on CD? Where can I find them? 

Other questions about the Beach Boys as a group:

12. What's the deal with all of the Beach Boys touring with different bands? Who 
is in the band touring as "The Beach Boys"? Did Al Jardine quit, or was he 
fired? Does Brian want to re-join the band? 

13. Why do people seem to dislike Mike Love so much? 

14. Among the 'in-crowd,' what are the highest rated Beach Boys' albums? 

15. I've heard Mike Love caused quite a stir at the Beach Boys' induction into 
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. Where can I find out more about what 
happened? 

16. Which Beach Boys songs have reached #1 on the singles charts in the US and 
the UK? Which albums have reached #1 in the US and the UK? 

17. Have the Beach Boys ever won any Grammies? 

18. What are some good books to check out about the group? 

Questions about the newsgroups or other Internet-related questions:

19. Why are there no MP3s or pictures available on this newsgroup? What can 
anyone do to me if I post an MP3 or other binary files? 

20. Why are there two Beach Boys newsgroups? 

21. I need lyrics/chords to (add any Beach Boys song here). Where can I get 
them? 

22. Where are the best places to find Beach Boys CD's and videos on the 
internet? 

Miscellaneous Questions:

23. Who is Reggie Dunbar? 

24. Did Bruce Johnston write "I Write the Songs?" 

25. Who did "Beach Baby?" Was it the Beach Boys?

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1. Why can't I find Sunflower (or any other album the Beach Boys released 
between 1970 and 1985) on CD?

As of right now, none of these albums are available on CD. They were released in 
the early 1990's by the Beach Boys' Brother Records in conjunction with their 
record label at the time, Caribou/CBS Records. After a very short time, they 
ceased printing/manufacturing/etc. these albums on CDs. The Beach Boys own the 
rights to these albums and have licensed the use of these albums and songs from 
them to Capitol Records, who also own the distribution rights to their 1960's 
catalog of music. Capitol released some material from these albums on the 1993 
boxed set Good Vibrations: 30 Years of the Beach Boys. See next questions for 
more info on these albums. 

2. I've heard the 70's and 80's albums are going to be reissued. Have they, and 
if they haven't, when will they? Are there going to be bonus tracks included? 
Are they being released as "two-fers"?

There is at this moment a project underway by Capitol Records to reissue all of 
the Beach Boys' currently unavailable albums from 1970 to 1985 in remastered 
form. Many tentative release dates have been rumored and have passed. Currently 
the reissues may be slated for a Spring 2000 release, which will be preceded by 
a release of a single CD of "greatest hits" from that period, titled Greatest 
Hits Volume 3: The Best of the Brother Years 1970-1986, which is tentatively set 
for release on February 1, 2000. According to the original plan, the first 
series of reissues will consist of five titles: Sunflower, Surf's Up, Holland, 
15 Big Ones, and The Beach Boys Love You. These would be followed by reissues of 
Carl and the Passions--"So Tough", The Beach Boys In Concert, MIU Album, LA 
(Light Album), Keepin' The Summer Alive, and The Beach Boys (1985). The second 
series of six CDs may be issued all at the same time or released in two groups 
of three. Of course, this is subject to change. There is also speculation that 
the 1989 album Still Cruisin' may be revamped and included in this series of 
reissues, but that seems unlikely at this point. As for bonus tracks, the plan 
is to fill the CDs with as many bonus tracks as possible. These could consist of 
anything from alternate mixes to alternate takes to previously unheard
songs to instrumental tracks to vocals-only tracks. A recent report published in 
ESQ Magazine states that the reissues may be released as "two-fers," with two 
albums on each CD [Editorial note from Dauber, not meant to be taken as part of 
this FAQ: this wouldn't work, as Holland won't fit on a CD with any other 
album.] and will not contain bonus tracks. A "Brother Years Rarities" cd 
containing unreleased material would be released after the reissues. This report 
is just a rumor, and it is unclear at this time what the plan is for the 
reissues. It is only known that the reissue program is still in motion, and that 
the albums will be reissued in one format or another. Only time will tell us if 
these cd's will be reissued, when they will be reissued, in what order, in what 
form, and what if any bonus tracks will be included. 

3. What's up with these "two-fers" I've heard about? How come when I go the CD 
store I see Canadian or English CDs that contain two Beach Boys albums on it, 
and then I see US versions where one album is on each CD?

In 1990, Capitol records in the US mounted a strong reissue campaign of all of 
the Beach Boys' albums released on Capitol between 1961 and 1969. All of the 
albums except for the Christmas Album and Pet Sounds(and any greatest hits 
compilations) were paired together with two albums on one CD, which are referred 
to among collectors as "two-fers." This format was very popular for the most 
part with fans, because they got two albums for the price of one, they got 
extensive liner notes, and every CD also contained bonus tracks that consisted 
of singles, alternate mixes, outtakes, and unreleased songs. Eight of these two-
fers were issued, presenting 16 Beach Boys albums. Pet Sounds and the Christmas 
Album were issued on their own separate CD's. A few years after their issue, 
Capitol made a decision to break up the "two-fers" and issue the 16 albums on 16 
individual CD's, dropping the liner notes and bonus tracks in the process. The 
Christmas Album was later replaced in 1998 by a new album titled Ultimate 
Christmas, which featured the remastered Christmas album plus a cache of 
outtakes. It is unclear exactly why Capitol made the decision to delete the two-
fers. Some point the finger at Capitol for being greedy. Some say the publishing 
costs incurred by issuing CD's with nearly 30 songs on them was uneconomical. 
Some say Capitol's reasoning was that they actually lose money with the two-
fers, as artists and others who work on the CDs are paid by CD sales, not by the 
songs. Some point the finger at Mike Love nixing the two-fers for artistic 
reasons, because "the single CDs will allow the listener to hear the albums the 
way they were originally released." The bottom line is they are no longer 
available in the US as two-fers but still available as single CD releases. They 
have recently reappeared as imports from Canada and are in plentiful supply as 
imports at many US record stores and online CD stores. 

4. Are there any plans to reissue the Capitol (1961-1969) albums on CD again?

Yes. Although they are available as single CD's right now, Capitol is supposedly 
planning to, after reissuing the 11 albums from 1970-1985, reissue all of the 
Beach Boys albums from 1961 to 1969. The plan is to have each CD contain the 
albums' previously released mix or mixes in remastered form, and if the album 
hasn't been mixed into stereo, to remix in into stereo to include with the mono 
mix. Bonus tracks would fill out the rest of the disc. 

5. Where can I find the Rarities album on CD? Where can I find the liner notes 
to the album? 

The Rarities album was released originally in 1983. It has never been available 
on CD in the US. It was put out on CD in Japan in the early 90's. It was 
reissued again in 1997, with the addition of some various Beach Boys medleys. 
This CD can be found as an import on several online CD stores. This CD issue 
doesn't have English liner notes, but you can find the liner notes as well as a 
bunch of other cool info about the release at the website of the author of the 
liner notes, Brad Elliott, at: http://www.surfsupcollectibles.com 

6. What are these "Sea of Tunes" (SOT) CDs you guys keep talking about, and what 
do they have to do with Stack O Tracks? Where can I find these SOT CDs, or any 
other bootlegs?

SOT actually stands for Sea of Tunes, the name given to a bootleg label 
established in 1997.  The music released under this moniker consists of tracks 
taken from source tapes copied onto digital videotape in 1984 during the 
production of the video documentary An American Band. These tapes contain actual 
session material and are of pristine sound quality. As an insight into Brian's 
working habits, they are invaluable; as a high-quality source of certain key 
Smile tracks, they are second to none.  However, as they are bootlegs, and the 
tapes were basically stolen from the Beach Boys' vaults, the usual caveats 
concerning the ethics of bootlegs apply here.

As for how to find these CDs, that is a bit tricky. Some independently operated 
CD stores that offer imports may offer them. There may also be some online music 
stores that offer these CDs. You will not find these CDs at most CD stores and 
certainly not at any major chain outlets or major online stores. Many trade 
these CDs, or copies of them, on the Internet.

7. What's the deal with the Smile album? Is it ever going to be released?

Like a lot of other aspects of the Beach Boys' careers, this subject has taken 
books to explain, and the story still hasn't been explained in full. The very, 
very, short answer to these questions are: The Smile album was never completed 
or released, various songs from those sessions have been worked on further for 
release on subsequent albums, the only official release of material from these 
sessions are small segments that can be found on the Smiley Smile/Wild Honey 
two-fer CD, small snippets heard on the An American Band video (see below 
regarding this video), the Endless Harmony soundtrack release from 1998, and the 
Good Vibrations 1993 boxed set. As of right now, Brian Wilson refuses to let 
Capitol release anything from those sessions. So despite persistent rumors of an 
"imminent" release of this material, there is no plan right now to issue
any further material from Smile. 

8. I'm a very casual fan of the Beach Boys, or I'm just getting into them. What 
CD's should I buy? 

The easiest thing to pick up would be the two volumes of "greatest hits" that 
cover the 1961-1969 period. These have just been revamped and re-released by 
Capitol Records as Greatest Hits Volume 1: 20 Good Vibrations and Greatest Hits 
Volume 2: 20 More Good Vibrations. These two cds are the best starters. Due in 
February of 2000 is a third volume of "greatest hits" that cover the 70's and 
80's, titled Greatest Hits Volume 3: The Best of the Brother Years 1970-1986. 
For a broader overview of their career that contains more songs from the 60's as 
well as songs from the 70's and 80's, look for the 5-CD Good Vibrations: 30 
Years of The Beach Boys boxed set. After that, you should probably gauge what 
albums to buy on CD by what songs you liked on the greatest hits compilations. 
If you really want to be serious fan, you would have to pick up the Pet Sounds 
album on CD. 

9. What's the deal? I went to the record store to buy the Pet Sounds album and 
there are two versions. Which version should I buy?

The Pet Sounds album was first released on CD in the US in 1990. That CD 
consisted of a remastered mono mix and a handful of bonus tracks.

In 1997, a 4-CD boxed set titled The Pet Sounds Sessions was issued. The boxed 
set consisted of various session material, backing tracks, vocals-only mixes, a 
newly remastered mono mix of the album, and the first ever true stereo mix of 
the album.

Pet Sounds was reissued again as a single CD in 1999. The contents of this new 
CD are both the mono and stereo mixes found on the boxed set (and remastered yet 
again) and one bonus track not found on the "Sessions" boxed set. This new 1999 
version of the CD was basically released for those who wanted the new stereo mix 
of the album and the old mono mix but weren't interested in the larger boxed set 
release. This new 1999 version of the CD seems to be sitting on shelves at 
record stores along side copies of the old 1990 version because apparently 
Capitol has decided not to pull the old version off shelves. This has led to 
confusion among CD buyers at record stores and even more confusion for online 
buyers who can't get a good look at the difference (or lack thereof) between the 
two.

The simple answer to most fans who'd like to get the most bang for their buck is 
to pick up the new 1999 version. Make sure the version you buy either at a 
record store or online is the newly released 1999 version that has two versions 
of the album on one CD. The easiest way to tell the 1990 issue physically from 
the 1999 issue is that the front of the spine of the CD is clear on the new 
release, while it is gray/black on the old version. Also, there is information 
on the 1999 version that states it was remastered in 1999. 

10. I'd like to learn more about the Beach Boys. What video documentaries are 
out there?

The most popular documentary that is available on home video is called The Beach 
Boys: An American Band. This documentary was put together in 1984. Many find the 
Beach Boys' narration hokey and some of the musical segments choppy, but this is 
the best and most thorough documentary of the group available right now on 
video. It covers everything from their beginnings to Dennis Wilson's death in 
1983. If you want to find and buy this in home video, make sure you find the 
full 103-minute version of the documentary if possible. It has been released as 
a cheaper and edited 60-minute "Anniversary Edition" in the recent past. A newer 
documentary was produced in 1998 titled Endless Harmony: The Beach Boys Story. 
This is the most up-to-date documentary, and it is arguable whether it is better 
than An American Band, although you would have to watch it to find out what has 
happened to the band between 1984 and 1998. Endless Harmony is 105 minutes 
long. In Europe the full version has been aired on TV. In the US VH1 aired a 90-
minute edit of the documentary. The full documentary has been released on home 
video in parts of Europe and laserdisc in Japan. It has not been released in the 
US as of yet, and it is unknown whether a US release is still in the works. Two 
documentaries are available about Brian Wilson. One, released in 1994, is titled 
I Just Wasn't Made for These Times. Another, released in 1998, is titled 
Imagination. Both videos are companions to CD releases of the same names. These 
are both still in print and available. 

11. Are the Beach Boys' solo albums available on CD? Where can I find them?

Brian Wilson has released four solo albums on CD. His 1988 self-titled album is 
no longer in print, although it was still in print in Europe a year ago. It may 
still be available as an import from Europe. His 1995 album with Van Dyke Parks, 
Orange Crate Art, is still in print, as is his other 1995 album, the I Just 
Wasn't Made For These Times soundtrack CD. His 1998 album Imagination is also 
still available.

Carl Wilson's two solo albums, 1981's Carl Wilson and 1983's Youngblood, have 
never been released on CD in the US or Europe. They were available for a very 
short time in Japan. They are circulating on bootlegs but are still not 
available anywhere on CD.

Dennis Wilson's solo album, 1977's Pacific Ocean Blue, was released on CD in the 
early 90's, along with the Beach Boys' 70's and 80's albums, on Caribou/CBS. But 
along with the Beach Boys' albums, this solo album also went out of print and
is no longer available. It is rumored that a European reissue is under 
consideration at this time.

Mike Love's 1981 solo album, Looking Back With Love, has never been released on 
CD. It has been bootlegged on CD, however. 

12. What's the deal with all of the Beach Boys touring with different bands? Who 
is in the band touring as "The Beach Boys"? Did Al Jardine quit, or was he 
fired? Does Brian want to rejoin the band?

Well, it seems as though it would take an entire book to explain the sordid 
details. But to sum it up as quickly as possible, here it goes: Up until 1997 
the band touring as the Beach Boys consisted of Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, Mike 
Love, and Carl Wilson. This is the basic nucleus of the group that toured after 
Dennis Wilson's death from 1983 until 1998 (with the exception of rare 
appearances by Brian Wilson with the group). When Carl Wilson became ill in 
1997, old member David Marks was brought in to "beef up" the band and its number 
of "original members." Carl continued to tour with the group for some time 
during his illness. Upon Carl's passing in February of 1998, Mike Love chose to 
continue with the group and apparently licensed the use of the name "The Beach 
Boys" from their company Brother Records Entertainment. Al Jardine thought 
otherwise, although it is unclear whether Jardine left the band or was fired. 
According to Love and Johnston, Jardine chose to leave. According to Jardine, he 
wasn't invited to an important gig (the Super Bowl show in 1998) and assumed he 
wasn't welcome in the band anymore. Mike Love continued to tour in 1998 as "The 
Beach Boys," with a band consisting of himself, Bruce Johnston, David Marks, and 
backup musicians. David Marks appears to have left the group sometime in 1999, 
so now the touring Beach Boys consist of Love and Johnston. Brian has signed off 
on letting Love use the name to "keep the Beach Boys' name alive." Upon leaving 
the Beach Boys, Jardine started his own group that is now doing a small number 
of dates across the country. The band is called "Beach Boys Family and Friends" 
and consists of Jardine; his two sons Matt and Adam; Brian Wilson's two 
daughters and former members of "Wilson Phillips" Carnie and Wendy; Owen 
Elliott, the daughter of Cass Elliott from the Mamas and Papas; and a familiar 
cast of past Beach Boys backing musicians. Brian Wilson mounted his first solo 
tour in 1998 and 1999 and is continuing to do a small number of dates at a time. 
Rumors circulated for a short time indicating Brian wanted to rejoin the touring 
Beach Boys. This is apparently untrue. Recent litigation between Mike Love and 
Al Jardine stems from the fact that Love believes Jardine's incorporating the 
Beach Boys' name into his band's name is misleading and inappropriate, as Mike 
Love paid to license the use of the name "The Beach Boys." Jardine contends 
that he is not misleading concert-goers with his band and has gone out of his 
way to differentiate his band from the Beach Boys. Brian Wilson continues to 
side with Love, as Brian not only wants Love to continue to "keep the Beach Boys 
name alive", but also reaps financial benefits from Love's touring band, which 
all parties admit makes more money than Jardine's band. Many more accusations 
and complaints are being made by both sides, ranging from Love's complaint of 
Jardine's use of female voices under any variation of the Beach Boys' names, and 
Jardine's lawyers' contention that Love is reaping financial benefits once 
claimed by Jardine and the estate of Carl Wilson, and that Mike Love refused to 
play with Carl Wilson during his illness because of his deteriorating physical 
condition and appearance. Mike Love has filed an injunction several times in the 
past year to keep Jardine from touring under his current band's name, and each 
time it has been thrown out of court. The most recent filing from Mike Love and 
his lawyers has been the most publicized, and the case is still pending as of 
Jan. 2000. 

13. Why do people seem to dislike Mike Love so much?

To understand Mike Love totally and people who dislike him would take a lot of 
research and watching lots of videos and listening to a lot of CDs. Some feel 
Mike takes too much credit for the Beach Boys' success. Others simply don't like 
his singing. Some people seem to have a personal grudge against him. The most 
recent and common reason to dislike Mike Love is his continued use of the name 
"The Beach Boys" for his touring act that contains only two Beach Boys, he being 
the only original member. Also, Mike Love's continuing to file court injunctions 
to keep Al Jardine from touring under his band's name of "Beach Boys Family and 
Friends" has not won Love any new fans. 

14. Among the 'in-crowd', what are the highest rated Beach Boys albums?

Obviously, Pet Sounds is the pick for the Beach Boys' best album by many fans. 
The album is critically acclaimed both by fans and music critics. Many find The 
Beach Boys Today! to be their best pre-Pet Sounds album. Some find Friends to be
their best post-Pet Sounds 60's album. As for the 70's and beyond, many find the 
Beach Boys' best to be the Sunflower album. Other favorites of the 70's include 
Surf's Up, Holland, and In Concert. Of course, everyone has his own favorite.
This is just a sampling of what some people like the most. 

15. I've heard Mike Love caused quite a stir at the Beach Boys' induction into 
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. Where can I find out more about what 
happened?

A newly created website by Dan Addington (with text and sound file courtesy of 
"HeyJude") will tell you all you need to know (and maybe more) about what 
happened that night. You can find the website at:
http://homepages.msn.com/StageSt/beachboycomedy/index.html. 

16. Which Beach Boys songs have reached #1 on the singles charts in the US and 
the UK? Which albums have reached #1 in the US and the UK?

The Beach Boys' number one US singles are "I Get Around" (1964), "Help Me 
Rhonda" (1965), "Good Vibrations" (1966), and "Kokomo" (1988). "Barbara Ann" 
(1966) also reached #1 according to some charts. The Beach Boys' UK number one
singles are "Good Vibrations" (1966) and "Do It Again" (1968).

The only original Beach Boys album to reach #1 in the US is the Beach Boys 
Concert album from 1964. Their Endless Summer greatest hits compilation released 
in 1974 also hit #1 in the US. No original Beach Boys albums have reached #1 in 
the UK. Two greatest hits compilations, 1976's 20 Golden Greats and 1983's The 
Very Best of The Beach Boys, have reached #1 in the UK. 

17. Have the Beach Boys ever won any Grammies?

No. They have never won a grammy for anything even remotely connected to their 
music. However, Bruce Johnston did win a grammy for "I Write the Songs," which 
was supposedly written about Brian Wilson, so we have a small connection there.
The Beach Boys were nominated for one grammy for record of the year for "Good 
Vibrations." It lost out to "Winchester Cathedral." 

18. What are some good books to check out about the group?

There have been some really great books written about the Beach Boys. 
Unfortunately, many of them are out of print. Below is a list of books that are 
still in print and can still be found new, either at book stores or online book 
stores such as Amazon. 

- Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys: How Deep Is the Ocean? by Paul Williams

A collection of essays written by Paul Williams, founder and editor of Crawdaddy 
magazine. The essays cover nearly 30 years of impressions of Brian Wilson and 
his music. 

- Heroes and Villains: The True Story of the Beach Boys by Steven Gaines

This book is sensationalist, to say the least. It has a definite "tabloid" feel 
to it. Nevertheless, a good portion of the stories told in this book are 
apparently true. This book is particularly detailed in the portion that covers 
the 1970's. 

- Back to the Beach: A Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys Reader Edited by Kingsley 
Abbott

An anthology of articles about the Beach Boys, arranged in chronological order 
of the subject material. Though many aspects of the Beach Boys are discussed, 
many of the articles focus on Brian. 

- The Nearest Faraway Place: Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys, and the Southern 
California Experience by Timothy White

This book is written by Beach Boys fan and sometimes confidant Billboard Editor-
in-Chief Timothy White. He can be seen in the Endless Harmony video documentary. 
This book focuses not only on the history of the Beach Boys but also the history
of Southern California and the history of the Wilson family. If you're not 
interested in Southern California or the Wilson family tree, you can skip the 
first 100 or so pages of this book. But after that, we get a fairly good history 
of the band up to the mid-1990's. The gems in this book are accounts and 
interviews conducted by White with Brian and Dennis Wilson in the 70's and 80's. 

- Look! Listen! VIBRATE! SMILE! by Domenic Priore

A unique resource about the rise and downfall of the Smile project.  It consists 
of reproduced articles from newspapers and magazines, photos, sheet music, 
session logs, and artwork meant for the Smile booklet.  It's not an easy book to 
read, with often many clippings on each page, but there is a wealth of material 
here.  Domenic Priore ties it all together with a long essay bout each track 
that may or may not have been meant for Smile and in what capacity it has been 
released. 

- Beach Boys: In Their Own Words by Nick Wise

No text (other than the introduction) by the author is included in this book. It 
is a collection of quotes from different members of the band. The quotes span 
the years of the band, from 1961 into the 1990's. The book is divided by subject 
matter (e.g., Dennis's death, Smile, drugs, meditation, etc.). It is a very 
interesting read, and in some ways there is no better to way to learn about the 
band than by reading their own quotes. 

- The Complete Guide to the Music of the Beach Boys by Andrew Doe and John 
Tobler

This book is a very handy and interesting read. Two English Beach Boys 
historians have written an album-by-album guide to the Beach Boys' music. 
Besides covering all of the albums (including the 70's and 80's albums), they 
cover important "greatest hits" compilations and boxed set releases. The 
authors' own opinions about certain songs are sometimes a bit over the top, but 
they are generally on the mark in relation to the general consensus among Beach 
Boys fans about which are their strongest albums and songs. This book is a good 
read both for new fans and hard-core fans. 

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Questions about the newsgroups and other Internet-related questions:

19. Why are there no MP3s or pictures available on this newsgroup? What can 
anyone do to me if I post an MP3 or other binary files?

This is not a "binary" newsgroup, and therefore all non-text content is actively 
discouraged. If you have some material you would like to share with the Beach 
Boys community, either: 

     - post *notice* of it in the newsgroup, but actually post it to
       one of the general binary groups
     - offer to e-mail it to those interested put it on a website. 

Usually, nothing drastic will happen to those who post binaries. You will 
probably be asked either nicely or not so nicely to desist from posting them. In 
rare instances in which the poster continually posts large files and does not 
desist, some irate fellow newsgroupers may contact your ISP because of account 
abuse. The easy answer is to not post any binary files here. Some people have a 
limited amount of time for their Internet use, and some people pay by the minute 
or hour for their phone connection. Binaries on this newsgroup can cause it to 
take longer to download the headers for these newsgroups. 

20. Why are there two Beach Boys newsgroups?

Mainly historical reasons. The original group was alt.music.beach-boys, but not 
all newsfeeds carry the "alt" hierarchy, so when there was sufficient interest, 
a motion to create a newsgroup within the "rec" hierarchy was successful
(rec.music.artists.beach-boys). Unfortunately, people still used the old group, 
and that continues to be the case. The safest option is to post to both groups.

That's half the story. The other half is that a "rec.music.beach-boys" group was 
attempted, but they were short a very small number of votes to get it passed, 
and that's why the alt.music.beach-boys group was created -- almost immediately 
after the vote failed. After the required six months passed, it was decided to 
try to get the group passed in the "rec.music.artists" hierarchy, mainly because 
the call-for-votes for this hierarchy isn't posted in the MTV newsgroups as is 
the straight "rec.music" hierarchy. That maybe why the second time around the 
group passed fairly easily. 

21. I need lyrics/chords to (add any Beach Boys song here). Where can I get 
them?

This is one of the best sites out there for lyrics: 
http://www.cabinessence.com/brian. 

22. Where are the best places to find Beach Boys CDs and videos on the Internet?

The best online stores to find CDs and videos include CDNow 
(http://www.CDnow.com) and Amazon(http://www.amazon.com), who also sells books. 

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Miscellaneous Questions:

23. Who is Reggie Dunbar?

Reggie Dunbar is a pseudonym that Brian's father Murray Wilson used for his 
cowriting credit with Brian for the song "Break Away" in 1969. 

24. Did Bruce Johnston write "I Write the Songs?"

Yes, he did. 

25. Who did "Beach Baby?" Was it the Beach Boys?

No, "Beach Baby" was produced by the UK-based group First Class. It was their 
only hit, and it had no Beach Boys on it.

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