Sep 262012

You’ve probably heard that visionary Beach Boys leader Mike Love fired Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and David Marks from his band following the Boys’ amazing 50th Anniversary Tour. Happy anniversary. You’re fired. Only original replacement member Bruce Johnston remains on the Good Ship Love.

I’m disappointed and can’t understand why Love doesn’t want to tour with Al, David and me. We are out here having so much fun. After all, we are the real Beach Boys. – Brian Wilson

I’ve seen a few friends bemoaning this sad state of affairs on Facebook. It’s one more chance to state that Mike Love is an asshole. You know what I think?

All those geezers should get a job or put out solo Christian rock records or open a bait and tackle shop. That band checked out so long ago I honestly can’t believe anyone cares. Don’t they have anyrhing better to do with their lives? They don’t get along. They cannot sing anywhere near the way they once did. Two Wilsons are dead. Sorry to be a crank, but this soap opera continues to tear away at my ability to love their records.

Summer may be endless, Boys, but your band ended long ago.


  16 Responses to “Get a Job: Mike Love Fires Three Fellow Original Beach Boys”

  1. sammymaudlin

    If this was the epilogue of a TV movie I’d be saying “yeah right…”

    I’m not feeling the crank as I actually thought it was cool, and long overdue that they toured with Brian again.

    Hell man, I, accidentally, stumbled onto the Del Vikings (actually one of the originals, two others- one of which asked if I’d buy him a drink…) playing on a small stage in an old casino in old Vegas to a “crowd” of about 17 and ya know what…it was cool. They sounded decent at best but that the guy was still around and doin’ his art and getting paid, somewhat, was heartening.

    I started to feel that way about The Beach Boys with Brian but I do agree whole-heartedly that Mike Love is an asshole though I didn’t this for proof.

    Anyone know the legal story here? How is it that Mike Love has the power to fire not only original members but also fire the dude that wrote, not just almost all of their songs, but specifically the only ones that Love wants to perform?

    The fired guys should start their own thing. I’m thinking The Beach Men or The Beach Boys 2 Men or Hang On To Your Mobility Scooter or ?

  2. Back to the theme parks for Mike, Bruce, and The Beach Boys Band!

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Love just didn’t want to pay Brian, Al, and David. He had to reign in his schtick during the show I saw this summer — and can’t do a medley of 50s and 60s oldies that The Beach Boys Band rolls out during their shows.

    A few years ago, if I remember correctly, Love licensed The Beach Boys name from the Brother Records entity.

  3. The Beach Boys… meh.

    I understand that introducing the oboe to rock music 45 years ago was a landmark. But was it necessarily a good thing?

  4. mockcarr

    He won’t be happy until the band is called Beach Boy. Why doesn’t he change his last name from Love to Hunt and so people will be properly warned?

  5. He claims that the reunion was just temporary and that these dates were booked already. Had to know there would be tons of backlash though. And if Brian wants to do this why would you not play Bigger places for more money and have some credibility?

  6. dbuskirk

    I’m not going to rule out that this could all be about Brian farting on the bus or some other deep-seated beef.

  7. 2000 Man

    I couldn’t care less what happens to The Beach Boys, cuz I don’t really like them much. But I think the remaining members should get together and call their band Mike Love Pedal File or something equally offensive. But if they want to give up their rights and make him the boss, then they deserve whatever they get. Gramma can find something else to go do anyway.

  8. alexmagic

    That would be a deep-beefed seat, wouldn’t it?

  9. ohmstead

    I think it’s kind of weird that he has a tendency to wear hats that say LOVE..I mean is he afraid he might forget his name or that WE might? Oh I get it you are Mike LOVE!….right I get it.

  10. misterioso

    Do you wonder if Bruce Johnston feels like Eva Braun during the last days in the bunker?

  11. Post of the Month contender!

  12. Mr. Mod, you’re fired.
    You may all call me Mr. Chicken.

  13. That’s cool. I was going to let you know that I’ve been re-recording all our records.

  14. bostonhistorian


  15. hrrundivbakshi

    He won’t be happy until the band is called Beach Boy.


  16. I wish I could claim credit for this, but it was my band’s guitarist who said it at a gig tonight:

    “It must be terrible to be Mike Love. People who like the Beach Boys hate him, and people who hate the Beach Boys hate him.”

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