Song Of The Day 6/24/2016: Paul Shaffer – “Metal Beach”
Back in 1987 Landy and Wilson entered into some kind of "creative partnership" that was called "Brains and Genius." They basically split profits on everything Wilson did creatively. And on Brian's acclaimed, frankly beautiful 1988 solo album Landy actually got co-composer's and executive producer's credit, although he had no discernible musical skills. Co-producer Russ Titelman said Landy's behavior during the making of Brian Wilson was "anti-creative." When it comes to the decorum and creativity in the studio, I'm always going to take the opinion of the guy who produced Randy Newman's albums over the human pill dispensary. Every time.
This scheme even extended itself to Wilson's production and writing contribution on "Metal Beach," a fairly unremarkable song on David Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer's solo album Coast to Coast, on which Landy again receives co-writing credit. At least this time Landy also contributies some kind of performance: That's him speaking the vaguely threatening, un-EQed song title at the beginning of the track. Even in that brief snippet of pseudo-suave mumbling, it sounds like he's barging in. Well, they can't all be spun gold, folks.