The Beach Boys - Heroes and Villains

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The Winning music video for Heroes and Villains from the Beach Boys "SMiLE Sessions" - Animation by Robert Capria. 

"Heroes and Villains" is a song written and produced by Brian Wilson with words by Van Dyke Parks for the American rock band the Beach Boys. Envisioned as a three-minute music comedy, it was to be the ambitious centerpiece of the group's unfinished album Smile. After the album was shelved, the song was rearranged and issued as a single in July 1967 with "You're Welcome" as the B-side. It charted at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. Two months later, it was placed as the opening track to the substitute album Smiley Smile.
The song was the first written for the Smile project. Though the lyrics are distinctly Western with some allusions to the American Indian genocides, former wife Marilyn Wilson claimed that Brian meant the "heroes" and "villains" to represent the ones in his life.

It was the follow-up single to the group's "Good Vibrations". Both tracks were produced using the same unorthodox method of recording a surplus of musical sections using multiple Hollywood studios. Only during its final production stages would the song then be reduced and assembled into a coherent structure. This proved difficult for Wilson, who grew increasingly frustrated with the virtually limitless number of possible song edits for "Heroes and Villains". Bandmate Al Jardine later expressed dissatisfaction with the final composite, calling it "a pale facsimile" of Wilson's original vision, believing that he had "underproduced" the song at the last minute.

Reflective of the song's complicated production history, many significantly different alternate versions of "Heroes and Villains" have seen release on subsequent compilations, along with numerous pieces derived from unused sections interpolated within the song. These include "Gee", "Do You Like Worms?", "I'm in Great Shape", "Barnyard", and "My Only Sunshine".
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