"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.

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  • "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 "", "Do You Like Worms?", "", "", and "". (en)
  • "Heroes & Villains" es una canción escrita por Brian Wilson y Van Dyke Parks, fue grabada por el grupo estadounidense de pop The Beach Boys. Esta canción iba a ser publicada en el álbum SMiLE, pero dicho álbum nunca se publicó. Existen varias versiones de la canción y horas de sesiones de grabación (caso exacto a "Good Vibrations"), que se grabaron en el periodo de 1966 a 1967. (es)
  • Heroes and Villains est une chanson des Beach Boys, écrite par Brian Wilson le leader du groupe en collaboration avec Van Dyke Parks, elle a été publiée en format 45 tours en 1967 et atteint le numéro 12 du Billboard, deux mois plus tard c'est le morceau qui ouvre Smiley Smile. (fr)
  • Heroes and Villains è un brano musicale del gruppo surf rock statunitense The Beach Boys, composto da Brian Wilson e dal paroliere Van Dyke Parks. Originariamente la composizione era stata ideata da Wilson per essere sia il fulcro dell'ambizioso progetto SMiLE, sia il filo conduttore melodico dell'intera opera. Tuttavia, dopo diversi ripensamenti, una seconda versione semplificata e riregistrata della canzone venne inserita in Smiley Smile (1967), l'album pubblicato al posto dello SMiLE originale. Questa versione venne anche pubblicata su singolo, con You're Welcome come B-side, e raggiunse la dodicesima posizione in classifica negli Stati Uniti. Nel 2004 Brian Wilson ha pubblicato una nuova versione di Heroes and Villains nel suo album solista Brian Wilson Presents Smile, e nel 2011 la versione originale del brano è stata inclusa nel cofanetto The Smile Sessions. (it)
  • 「英雄と悪漢」(えいゆうとあっかん、Heroes and Villains)は、アメリカ合衆国のロックバンド、ザ・ビーチ・ボーイズの楽曲。全米12位の売上を記録した。1967年発表のアルバム『スマイリー・スマイル』に収録。 もともとお蔵入りとなったアルバム『スマイル』用として作られた曲。いくつかの曲の断片をつなぎ合わせて作られている。 (ja)
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  • We recorded a pale facsimile of "Heroes and Villains", replete with discordant transitions…Brian reinvented the song for this record…He purposefully under-produced the song…It was lost because Brian wanted it to be lost. He was no longer interested in pursuing number one.
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  • "Heroes & Villains" es una canción escrita por Brian Wilson y Van Dyke Parks, fue grabada por el grupo estadounidense de pop The Beach Boys. Esta canción iba a ser publicada en el álbum SMiLE, pero dicho álbum nunca se publicó. Existen varias versiones de la canción y horas de sesiones de grabación (caso exacto a "Good Vibrations"), que se grabaron en el periodo de 1966 a 1967. (es)
  • Heroes and Villains est une chanson des Beach Boys, écrite par Brian Wilson le leader du groupe en collaboration avec Van Dyke Parks, elle a été publiée en format 45 tours en 1967 et atteint le numéro 12 du Billboard, deux mois plus tard c'est le morceau qui ouvre Smiley Smile. (fr)
  • 「英雄と悪漢」(えいゆうとあっかん、Heroes and Villains)は、アメリカ合衆国のロックバンド、ザ・ビーチ・ボーイズの楽曲。全米12位の売上を記録した。1967年発表のアルバム『スマイリー・スマイル』に収録。 もともとお蔵入りとなったアルバム『スマイル』用として作られた曲。いくつかの曲の断片をつなぎ合わせて作られている。 (ja)
  • "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. (en)
  • Heroes and Villains è un brano musicale del gruppo surf rock statunitense The Beach Boys, composto da Brian Wilson e dal paroliere Van Dyke Parks. Originariamente la composizione era stata ideata da Wilson per essere sia il fulcro dell'ambizioso progetto SMiLE, sia il filo conduttore melodico dell'intera opera. Tuttavia, dopo diversi ripensamenti, una seconda versione semplificata e riregistrata della canzone venne inserita in Smiley Smile (1967), l'album pubblicato al posto dello SMiLE originale. Questa versione venne anche pubblicata su singolo, con You're Welcome come B-side, e raggiunse la dodicesima posizione in classifica negli Stati Uniti. (it)
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