Reprise Records is going all out to promote their Friends. Their
always inventive and ever charming VP of Publicity, Bill Bentley thought the
best way to get some attention for Grant Lee Buffalo's cover of the Beach
Boy's "In My Room" was to take Grant Lee Buffalo (and his band too, lest they
get jealous) over to Brian Wilson's house and pose for a picture. When they
were packing up to leave, Brian looked at Grant Lee and asked "You got your
tape boys?" They hadn't brought the tape in, because after all he was Brian
Wilson and one didn't want to impose. But after all he did ask. So Bentley
went to the car took it out of the tape deck and Wilson's wife Melinda put it
on their stereo system (she was the only one who could figure out how to use
it). Brian settled into a chair, closed his eyes and really concentrated on
the track. Then all of a sudden, to everyone's surprise he began singing
along near the end of the song. According to Bentley is was a very surreal
moment. After the recitation, all the Grant Lee Buffalo band members and
photographer said their good-byes and filed out of the house. Before
returning to the car, Bentley turned and spied Brian sitting at his piano
picking out "In My Room" on the keys. By all accounts Brian is haunted by
that song. He told Interview Magazine this month that he had a
difficult time watching the scene in Don Was' I Just Wasn't Made For These
Times when he, his brother Carl and his mother sing "In My Room."
Currently Wilson is honing down the thirty new songs he's written for the
upcoming Beach Boys album with his cousin and longtime colleague Mike Love.
This is the first Beach Boys album that Wilson has worked on since 1977.
Titles of two of the new songs are "It's Not Easy Being Me," and "In God We