Wednesday, March 23, 2016


"When I was with Canned Heat in the mid-1970s, we toured with the Beach Boys (minus Brian). Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston were friendly, Carl was friendly but quiet, Dennis was always on us to share our stash and Mike Love was a complete dick."

That's from a comment left on a post at Facebook a while back, by Gene Taylor, who you might know as the pianist for the Blasters. Been saving that one.

Time for more Beach Boys crap. This time exorcising the bad and the ugly. Started out with the awful remix of "Wouldn't It Be Nice". This is technology enabled Mike Love level douchbaggery. Listen to it if you dare. If you need a chaser, the original is down there too.

Another thing is a recent Mike Love profile at Rolling Stone, which I haven't bothered to read. I'm not going there. Let's just say that my opinion is so locked in, that even if that article said we've had him all wrong all along, and his contributions are underappreciated, I'd still think he's an asshole. I don't care. Even his minor infractions land him on that list.

Also at Rolling Stone, a couple cuts I hadn't heard. Outtakes from the Party LP, covers of Dylan's "The Times They Are A- Changin'" and the Beatles' "Tell Me Why". They were recorded during the same live-in-studio fake party session that produced their cover of the Regents' "Barbara Ann". So, yeah, they suck as bad as that one.

The Beach Boys - Wouldn't It Be Nice (Justin Caruso Remix) (streaming) at Soundcloud Awful
The Beach Boys - Wouldn't It Be Nice mp3
at Review Stalker
The Beach Boys - The Times They Are A-Changin', and Tell Me Why
(streaming) at Rolling Stone Bad
The Ballad of Mike Love
at Rolling Stone See earlier comments.
Much more Beach Boys in the old posts
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