Nasal Mike Love has never had the most beauteous voice in society, but back in '61 when his ego was only about 15 times that of a normal human being (as opposed to the quadruple digits it would soon reach), he sounded just hideous.
Next time I got the chance, I went to the local music store and bought ALL the Beach Boys they had (Endless Summer, Pet Sounds, and some $2.99 tape I found in the discount rack).
Endless Summer had some great songs ("The Warmth Of The Sun", "Don't Worry Baby", "I Get Around") but Pet Sounds was indescribable.
I'm glad I eventually discovered that there was life for the Beach Boys AFTER Pet Sounds because I would have missed some good music and I would still think the Beach Boys are weaker than Coors Light.
And, yes, I eventually came to love those hokey surf songs.
As we enter the summer of 2002, Brian is feeling a bit better, Carl and Dennis have both passed on, Al Jardine is starting up some new beach band that is poised to topple Staind right off the FM dial and Mike Love is STILL dragging a bunch of people you've never heard of around the world as "The Beach Boys," showing about as much respect for the band name as Paul Revere of the revered Paul Revere and the Raiders has shown for the name Paul Revere and the Raiders.