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Brian Wilson: "Help Me, Rhonda," Indeed!

David Dalton, Gadfly, 2000

HEY, ALL you surfin’ dudes and hardbody wahinis, check out this thing on TNT. It’s a tribute to the surf god, Brian Wilson! An American genius! The wizard of Bellagio Drive, sonic sorcerer, creator of perhaps the most perfect rock album of them all—Pet Sounds. A unique event! A long-awaited star-studded special! Two hours of encomiums, cover versions, old footage of the Beach Boys when they were the Beach Boys, publicity stills. Oh boy! Or, uh, I dunno—is this really such a good idea?

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