We celebrate a milestone today with first ever Scottish guest of the pod. Duglas T Stewart, founder and frontman of indie legends BMX Bandits, joins me to discuss the offbeat magic and beautiful naive emotion of Beach Boys ‘Love You’, the band’s bizarre and compelling 1977 'comeback’ album, which saw Brian Wilson and a host of wonky synthesisers create a sonic world completely different to the perfectionism of Pet Sounds.
We talk about how this record showcases Brian Wilson the lyricist, the simple sentiment of tune like 'Solar System’, why the unfiltered emotion of the Beach Boys is more authentic than many modern overwrought overearnest bands, the hidden sadness in 'Johnny Carson’, Duglas’s conversations with Brian Wilson about the record, the BMX Bandits songs most inspired by the album and Big Star’s Alex Chilton’s love for the record. We also discuss why people who experienced real despair and hardship in life often end up making more positive sounding music.
Plus, I ask Duglas which Scottish movie would make the best name for an Australian band.
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My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.
Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the filmBenjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.
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