I'm not a full fledged fanatic,but I know a little history of The Beach Boys (watch "Endless Harmony"),and I found it interesting that Mike was the co-writer of the early songs...never really got the credit...was pushed aside for other lyricists in the songwriting department and in later years,had to sue to get the money and credit for those early songs.So,I think he got a little short shrift sometimes,but always maintained his dignity and professionalism.
What are you listening to right now? Sock Puppet Monkeys
Hm. You clearly don't know much history. Credit was given where it was due. Obviously pushed aside for other lyricists! Have you listened to Pet Sounds? Comparably brilliant next to Mike's "extensive skills."
Who sues family when you're still pulling in millions? Are you aware that Al Jardine left the group because Mike got sue happy? Mike's a jerk.
He rode the wave of the Wilson's talent.
Don't get me wrong, I love the early songs, but would I trade those for such songs as God Only Knows, Caroline No, Wendy, Good Vibrations (which Mike BARELY contributed), Wouldn't it be Nice or the entirety of Smile? Hell no.
Peace & Love
What are you listening to right now? Smile - The Beach Boys
AC Beach Bunny
May 13, 2012 - 5:02PM
Re: I don't hate Mike Love
Keivn, Have you ever read the book "Wouldn,t it be Nice" by Brian Wilson? He gives so much credit to MIKE LOVE. Again get off this board.
May 28, 2012 - 1:43AM
Mike Love is a brilliant singer / lyricist
Sick of how cool people think it is to bash Mike Love. Of course Brian was brilliant, but - because he was nutty, a recluse, etc. - people tend to exaggerate the "genius" thing. Carl Wilson took over for him as musical director on the road. Carl was also a better singer than Brian.
And Mike? His voice is the most identifiable in the Beach Boys. His Chuck Berry-like lyrics for songs like "Fun Fun Fun" were perfect, with brilliant lines like: "She makes the Indie 500 look like the Roman chariot race, now." He wrote the beautiful lyrics to "Warmth of the Sun." He sang all the low, baritone parts in the Beach Boys' harmonies, as well as more leads than any other member.
In the '80s, Mike kept the Beach Boys alive with hits like "Getcha Back," which reproduced the Beach Boys' sound, "Still Cruisin'," and the band's biggest hit, "Kokomo." Brian was not around for any of this.
Songs like "Do it Again" are very much Mike Love songs. Yes, he's a litigious *******, but no one can deny his contributions to music and the Beach Boys.
By the way, in case anyone thinks the Beach Boys was all Brian, Carl wrote the beautiful "Feel Flows." Bruce Johnston wrote one of their best songs, "Disney Girls."
Most of all, I like Mike's ever-youthful singing voice.
What are you listening to right now? Lindsey Buckingham
I agree with you, Forshorn. MIke has always been the MC of the group and probably the most devoted member of the band. He continued to make the Beach Boys music available for fans to see in concert when others left for various reasons (mental illness, drugs, inability to tolerate Murry). He lost a lot of money when Murry sold the music and I don't blame him for suing to get the money that was due to him for writing the lyrics. I am a Beach Boys fan and would go see them with or without Brian and Al. I miss Dennis and Carl and know what a fabulous job Carl did keeping the peace in the group. I was thrilled to see the reunion show twice last year and I look forward to going to see Mike and Bruce perform this year. I hate to see all these negative remarks on Mike's fan page. He has been the one and only Beach Boy who has been with the group since it began and I am thrilled that he kept the band alive.
Yes anyone who really follows the Beach Boys the dedication of Mike is exceptional after all these years and he deserves all the credit for what we have today, they would have not survived with a past like they have and they needed Mike to keep the Beach Boys ALIVE, I am so glad he did. Al Jardine as well he comes across as a lovely man, and of course David Marks great guitar player, I think Brian and Mike still care about each other but Mike had to take legal advice and get his share of the Music royalties why not? and he did not sack Brian the tour ended as it was supposed to do what nonsense, Mike had his own group who where on hold while he did the 2012 tour so of course he would go back with them.
Mike Love very clearly resembles a classic malignant narcissist, right down to the reality that he never stops tooting his own horn, (over his extremely minimal "achievements,") and self-righteously claims to love his cousins while mocking their problems at the same time. Narcissistic personality disorder is partially genetic, so it is no surprise that Murry Wilson and his sister Emily, (Mike's mother" both displayed classic controlling traits. Poor Brian, Carl and Dennis fit the stereotypes of narcissisticly abused adult children as well--oldest son carrying the burden and trying to please, middle son being the peacekeeper and youngest son being a rebel. It's rough life with manipulative predators around.
Hate? Mike? Or any of the guys? There's no time for THAT. I mean really!!! There are but grains of sand left in the Beach Boys time-glass. Consider the age of the guys. What's Mike now? 74? Brian, Al and Bruce? 73? Only David is still in his [later] 60s.
Collective and individual projects will continue for how much longer? Maybe another couple of years...into year 55 if we're lucky. More? Really? How much more? No...time's running out so why waste it hating? Have a chance to catch Mike and Bruce singing those tunes? Don't pass it up. Brian coming to a stage near you? Be there.
Brian's 'No Pier Pressure' is about to drop. Mike talks about doing something perhaps in conjunction with his book release next year? Check it out 'cause pretty soon the run will come to an end.
We will ALL hate that a whole lot more. You know the old Joni Mitchell line...You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone. Give this Mike bashing a rest. It is just SO old...and useless.
What are you listening to right now? lots of different stuff from Joe Bonamassa's new cd to 'Made In California'
So true Lee the guys wont be around to much longer on stage that is we should celebrate the time we have, I am seeing Mike In Manchester in May and my dreams come true to see Brian and Al in Liverpool in September its going to be the best year ever, hope you all on this forum have a great year with the best band in my eyes ever. Happy Easter to you all
What are you listening to right now? No Pier pressure
Hate? Mike? Or any of the guys? There's no time for THAT. I mean really!!! Give this Mike bashing a rest. It is just SO old...and useless.
Have to say that I've changed my mind on all of this Patricia. Following a few more years of relentless Brian bashing by that 'love' character...plus that book!!!? Well?...I've had enough.
I still don't hate him but he's more than burned up all of the goodwill he ever created for himself over 50 L O N G years ago. No I don't hate him but I have absolutely no respect for him and his ongoing, never-ending, incessant "nourishment and revenge" 'needs'.
Time for him to pack it in and shut up.
What are you listening to right now? John Mayer...with Al and Matt...NO Mike required