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Smiling Pets
Various Artists
Smiling Pets
Genres: Alternative Rock, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks
 
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1998 Japanese-only release on Sony Records featuring 18 covers of Brian Wilson-penned Beach Boys tunes by top names in the avant-garde area on the alternative rock spectrum, including Adventures In Stereo, Sonic Youth's Th...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Smiling Pets
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony
Release Date: 8/6/1999
Album Type: Import
Genres: Alternative Rock, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, Experimental Music, Progressive, Progressive Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 4988009032511

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Album Description
1998 Japanese-only release on Sony Records featuring 18 covers of Brian Wilson-penned Beach Boys tunes by top names in the avant-garde area on the alternative rock spectrum, including Adventures In Stereo, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Olivia Tremor Control, Secret Chiefs 3, Jim O'Rourke and Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her (hadn't heard of them either, but anybody who names their band after an XTC song at least has their heart in the right place!).
 

CD Reviews

Bizarre and Beautiful
John Lonergan | Melbourne, Victoria Australia | 04/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This great album focuses on Pet Sounds and Smile, with a (literally) explosive Surfin USA cameo.
But I wonder if "focus" is the appropraute word? Many of the tracks are deliciously out of focus, or at least flirting with focus.
Conceived and delivered with understanding, quirkiness and style, it is irreverently reverent. You know things are getting weird when you hear tribute versions of bootleg outtakes...and you instantly recognise them. This is that kind of album.
I play it a lot, and love it best when I have been "beating to death" the commercially released versions of the two albums.
I know none of the artists (though any band that calls itself "Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her" has to be worth listening to), but/and I salute them, and exhort you to track down this gem.

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Good Vibrations!
Stephen Melesky | Rocky Hill, CT USA | 02/20/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Very interesting array of bands doing Beach Boys covers. definatetly an album to listen to if your into Secret Chiefs & Mr Bungle. Secret Chiefs version of 'Good Vibrations' is silly & Trey Spruance & William Winnett do a great version of 'Heroes & Villains'. Thuston Moore also has a cool song. All & all pretty bizarre"