The June 2012 Mojo has a carefully-managed interview by Barney Hoskyns with the reanimated Beach Boys. All the usual stuff is covered. Some interesting photos accompany it.
(Mike is the one not smiling)
Little of consequence is discussed; the harmony is as endless as their promotional campaign demands.
However, a momentary lapse:
Brian pipes up to state that it was [Van Dyke] Parks who turned him on to LSD and amphetamines. “We wrote Heroes and Villains on uppers”, he says, adding with delightful ingenuousness that “I’m not sure, but I think The Beatles took psychedelic drugs too”.
Al Jardine instantly disputes Brian’s claim about Parks, adding, in a near-whisper, “I wouldn’t say that”.
“Well, if that’s Brian’s recollection…” interjects Mike Love.
Given that Parks has continued to voice criticism of love over the years, hidden agendas may be jutting through here.
While I appreciate your in-depth investigation of this reunion thing, I have to say that it’s a big mistake to take any quote involved with the Beach Boys at face value. These quotes are made for publicity, not history. Lots of money could be lost if the average Kokomo fan thought the BB’s were anything but chummy.
Publicity is for the present; but there will be history as long as there are historians. A hundred years from now? Can Mike Love’s influence reach that far into the future? And does this Mojo snap give a hint the power he feels he has at his fingertips?
(Caption: I am commercially very competitive.)
Who will bear the blame if any part of this campaign (single, album, tour, reunion) fails?
Lots of money could be lost if the average Kokomo fan thought the BB’s were anything but chummy
History will undoubtedly relegate this 2012 Beach Boys album to its proper place, as an adjunct to their parlous post-67 discography; but Mike cannot wish The Smile Sessions away.
Will Mr. Love be consulting with his lawyers again in 2013?