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This image above might not feature the most entirely accurate representation of the Beach Boys, but I didn’t have time to photoshop in mental instabilities, subpoenas, caskets, dozens of other members, and knives eachother’s backs. First of all, it’s widely known that none of them really surfed except for Dennis Wilson (far left) and he has since passed on, as has his younger brother Carl (center). Second from left is their neighbor and least recognizable member, David Marks, who was only with the group from 1962-63 (the first time). Although he’s been considered somewhat of a temporary replacement for original member, Al Jardine, who had left to attend college, Marks actually appeared on their first four albums, within that time frame. That alone should give you an idea of how overworked Brian “the brains behind the operation” Wilson (far right) must have been at the time and why he eventually burned out so hard. Jardine came back as a live replacement for Brian in 1963 and Marks left shortly after, eventually rejoining the group in 1997, to fill in as Carl Wilson continued to battle with terminal cancer. At that point, Brian wasn’t even in the group anymore, with the only original members being Jardine and, the most widely despised member of the group, the Wilsons‘ cousin, Mike Love (second from right). Rumor has it that, when Carl Wilson eventually died in 1998, there were some issues about Mike Love continuing to hold onto/licensing the Beach Boys name and, somewhere in the mix, Al Jardine was no longer in the group anymore. It’s been said that Love “fired” him, but both Love and Bruce Johnston (whose original run with the group came as a replacement for then-member Glen Campbell in 1965 and ran until 1972) reject that claiming, stating that he left. Marks, whose inclusion helped to add technical legitimacy to the group by being one of the pseudo-original member, bounced from the ranks a year later in 1999. Brian continued to distance himself, but supported Love‘s use of the Beach Boys name, both to keep the name alive and because of financial kick backs. Meanwhile, Jardine toured with a collective calling themselves “Beach Boys Family and Friends,” which actually included Brian‘s daughters Carnie and Wendy of Wilson Philips fame, along with various other backing members of the Beach Boys from over the years. Mike Love repeatedly took Jardine to court for doing so and things continued to get uglier and uglier. Let’s not forget that, at one point, John Stamos was even in the group. So, it’s safe to say that no one picture may ever be truly representative of the entire Beach Boys legacy; that continues to be left up to the extensive and timeless catalog of music that they have created. Fortunately for one lucky reader, we’ve been invited to give away all of it.
Over 50 years after their inception and more lineup changes to count, the Beach Boys have finally “reunited” to release a new album, That’s Why God Made the Radio, and tour in support of it. The reunion features Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston and David Marks. While no one will ever be able to bring back Carl or undrown Dennis, getting these 5 to work together again seems almost just as miraculous. The first signs of unification showed themselves during last year’s monumental release of the legendary Smile Sessions. Ironically, many people view the original recording sessions of the material, which began in 1966, to be the catalyst that destroyed the momentum of the group and sent Brian further into the background and relinquish his production role. Mike Love, who wanted to continue in the financially rewarding direction of having a clean-cut all-American boy band image and easily accessible pop tunes, had already infamously insulted the highly experimental and, ultimately extremely influential, Pet Sounds album. Smile was set to be a follow up that would be even more experimental and take things substantially further. Brian recruited Van Dyke Parks to assist with lyrics, but the songwriter eventually left after Love, more or less, berated him into doing so. The album, which was still fragmented into multiple tracks and segments, was indefinitely shelved. When the Smile Sessions were eventually constructed into a semblance of an album and released 45 years later, the accompanying promotional videos showed a much more supportive Love commending the work, as well as Al Jardine and Brian. In recent interviews with Brian, Love has repeatedly made sure to credit Wilson for his musical brilliance, foresight, influence, and ability to bring their voices together in elaborate harmonies. Whether their shifts in attitude stem from the undying affection that they have for the group and a yearning to return to the glory days or simply from the inevitable monetary gain that they stand to reap from a nostalgia tour, might not even matter. Maybe a number of misunderstandings were actually worked out and we, as the drama hungry public, may never really know the complete truth. What does matter is that thousands and thousands of people are sure to be psyched about this reunion and, with Brian back in the folds, the title track of their newest release has already demonstrated that the harmonies are being rejuvenated as well.
Whether you’re a fan of Grizzly Bear or Panda Bear or any number of other artists that don’t incorporate the word “bear” into their titles, those melodies owe an immeasurable debt to the Beach Boys. Bands like Best Coast and Wavves sing of a sun-drenched California love that was inspired by the group. Even Sgt. Pepper was said to be orchestrated by Paul McCartney as a response to Pet Sounds. If you’re only familiar with a small piece of their catalog and haven’t discovered why so many people hail the group as one of the most important bands in popular music history, you need to delve deeper.
Enter below to win the entire Beach Boys catalog; catch up on your musical history; and understand why, even after so many years, shifts in members, and so much turmoil, the Beach Boys remain a national treasure with a catalog of music that is as relevant as ever.
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THE CONTEST / GIVEAWAY:
*One winner will receive the entire Beach Boy musical catalog
HOW TO ENTER:
This contest is based on Mike Love’s highly controversial speech from the Beach Boy’s 1988 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. We’re titling this contest: “MIKE LOVE, NOT WAR” or “Justify Mike Love”
Watch the following video. [Mike Love’s rant begins at the 3:49 mark.]
Your job is to compose some sort of rationale to excuse Mike Love’s behavior away. In his speech he makes some lofty accusations–especially, since Love eventually issued plenty of lawsuits himself–so feel free to be as unfounded as possible while you attempt exonerate him of responsibility and/or guilt. In fact, we encourage it. We’re gonna be looking for the most interesting entry, so don’t be afraid to get absurd or stretch your reasoning like a Wonka taffy puller.
Post your answer in the comment section below.
There is no part 4. That’s all there is to the contest. It’s pretty easy… but you should probably read the fine print.
The Fine Print:
All entries must be received by Saturday, July 7th at 11:59 pm to be eligible.
You can enter as many times as you want but, use a valid email so that we can contact you.
Winner’s will be chosen arbitrarily, based on our personal “favorite”, so try to be clever and/or interesting.
If we are unable to contact the winner in a reasonable amount of time, a new winner will be chosen.
U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY
[If you have any intentions to post comments asking us to pick you, or asking when the winner will be announced… how about, just don’t do it? It’s pretty fucking obnoxious and it won’t help your chances.]