History YMMV / TheBeachBoys

12th Apr '18 4:51:56 AM AmuckCricetine
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* CrowningMomentOfFunny: [[Funny/TheBeachBoys Has its own page.]]


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* DorkAge:
** By 1966, the Beach Boys were regarded as one of the top innovators of pop music [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff (albeit mostly in the UK)]] with the release of their revolutionary album ''Music/PetSounds''. Music/BrianWilson intended to follow up with an album called ''Music/{{SMiLE}}'', intended to be Brian's MagnumOpus. [[TroubledProduction Long story short,]] the project fell apart due to a multitude of factors (a few of which include Brian's rapidly declining mental health at the time and, depending on who you ask, [[TheScrappy Mike Love]]) and a stripped-down version called ''Music/SmileySmile'' was released in its place, to the disappointment of many (although the album has since been VindicatedByHistory), and [[CreatorBreakdown it all went downhill from there.]]
** Brian Wilson rapidly withdrew from the band from that point on, and his brothers, Carl and Dennis Wilson, rapidly took over leading the band for him as their songwriting abilities grew. This led to some cult-classics like ''Wild Honey'' and ''Sunflower'' [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic (the latter being considered to be one of the Boys' greatest albums)]]. Unfortunately, they were never able to achieve the same commercial success as their 1960s hits, nor did their albums come close to being as critically revered as ''Pet Sounds''.
** By 1973, Carl and Dennis's leadership diminished due to substance abuse and Dennis's struggling battle with his own inner demons, and in 1976, an attempt was made to bring Brian back to the band's forefront, which included making him tour with the Beach Boys again (he previously quit touring with them in 1965 due to mental health issues) and produce several more albums. The result was the underwhelming ''15 Big Ones'' and the [[BrokenBase love-it-or-hate-it]] ''The Beach Boys Love You''. Brian quickly receded back into the background as it quickly became clear that he was in no shape to continue touring or produce anymore Beach Boys albums, and spent the remainder of the 70s and most of the 80s undergoing therapy by the [[ControlFreak infamous]] [[PsychoPsychologist Eugene Landy]].
** At this point, Mike Love has taken role of the leader, and many fans agree that the band quickly went downhill under his leadership. Throughout this period, the Boys released a series of increasingly hated and poorly selling albums [[WereStillRelevantDammit (including a thinly-veiled attempt at catering to the disco crowd during the disco backlash)]], while their 1960s chart-toppers (in addition to Heroes and Villains and songs from Pet Sounds) dominated their live set to attract the nostalgic crowd. The death of Dennis Wilson in 1983 also served to be a serious blow to the band. Their reputation rapidly declined further, and by the end of the 70s, the Beach Boys were looked down upon by the mainstream as a [[AccidentalPun washed-up]] oldies band.
** However, in the mid-to-late-80s, the band managed to briefly propel themselves back into relevancy with their 1988 hit single "Kokomo", which was famously featured in the Creator/TomCruise movie ''Film/{{Cocktail}}''. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, although these days it's considered to be one of their worst songs. Mike Love, in an attempt to make lightning strike twice, spearheaded production for their 1992 album ''Summer in Paradise'' (their first and only album without ''any'' involvement from Brian Wilson whatsoever), intended by Love to be "the quintessential soundtrack of summer". It was promoted with the band guest-appearing on the popular sitcom ''Series/FullHouse'' (with one of the actors from the show, John Stamos, singing a reworked version of "Forever" on the album) and performing the album's lead single, "Summer of Love", on the action drama series ''Series/{{Baywatch}}''. Despite the band's best efforts, the album bombed spectacularly (selling only around 10,000 copies ever) and is considered to be the band's absolute worst album.
** The band attempted to follow up with a cover album of old Beach Boys songs sung by country singers, this time with Brian Wilson's (who was recently separated from Landy and administered proper treatment for his mental illnesses) involvement, albeit with little input from him. The result was ''Stars and Stripes Vol. 1'', which was a critical and commercial failure, failing to break the Billboard 200. [[FranchiseKiller Any further Beach Boys projects were shelved indefinitely]], and Carl Wilson died two years after the release of the album. The band limped through the 2000s as a live band while Brian Wilson distanced himself from the Beach Boys and went on to have a successful solo career ([[SavedFromDevelopmentHell including the completion and release of the long awaited]] ''[[SavedFromDevelopmentHell SMiLE]]''.)
** In short, the Beach Boys slowly went from one of the most critically acclaimed rock acts of all time to the industry laughing stock and back, and is presumed to be the reason why so many Beach Boys fans ''deeply'' resent Mike Love. While the albums that came after ''Pet Sounds'' and before ''15 Big Ones'' went on to become cult classics ([[BrokenBase again, YMMV on]] ''[[BrokenBase Love You]]''), people prefer to forget about anything they did after that. However, they finally climbed out of the dork age with the well-recieved 2012 reunion album ''That's Why God Made the Radio''.
26th Mar '18 3:30:36 PM Nick7689
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* OlderThanTheyThink: Bruce Johnston may very well have laid the groundwork for what would become PsychedelicRock in a track from his second studio album ''Surfin' Around The World'' called "Virginia Beach". It contained some heavy, distorted guitar work, wild keyboards, a crazy sax track and heavy drum beats that really hadn't been heard at that point. Keep in mind, this was in ''1963!''
16th Feb '18 10:36:09 PM nombretomado
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** Nor did they write "I Can Hear Music". The song was originally performed by The Ronettes, and although the Creator/PhilSpector influences are unmistakable in the Beach Boys' cover, the song is still mainly associated with The Beach Boys.

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** Nor did they write "I Can Hear Music". The song was originally performed by The Ronettes, and although the Creator/PhilSpector Music/PhilSpector influences are unmistakable in the Beach Boys' cover, the song is still mainly associated with The Beach Boys.
16th Feb '18 10:24:25 PM nombretomado
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** Nor did they write "I Can Hear Music". The song was originally performed by The Ronettes, and although the PhilSpector influences are unmistakable in the Beach Boys' cover, the song is still mainly associated with The Beach Boys.

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** Nor did they write "I Can Hear Music". The song was originally performed by The Ronettes, and although the PhilSpector Creator/PhilSpector influences are unmistakable in the Beach Boys' cover, the song is still mainly associated with The Beach Boys.
13th Feb '18 10:59:49 AM costanton11
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*** The speech was so notorious it became a meme that very night! Elton John and Bob Dylan both noted in their subsequent speeches "Thank God Mike Love didn't mention me." Mike Love also took shots at TheBeatles, but was later filmed having a friendly chat with Music/RingoStarr, so some wonder if the whole thing was in jest. Then again, [[NiceGuy it's Ringo]], and it takes a lot to get him riled up.

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*** The speech was so notorious it became a meme that very night! Elton John and Bob Dylan both noted in their subsequent speeches "Thank God Mike Love didn't mention me." Mike Love also took shots at TheBeatles, Music/TheBeatles, but was later filmed having a friendly chat with Music/RingoStarr, so some wonder if the whole thing was in jest. Then again, [[NiceGuy it's Ringo]], and it takes a lot to get him riled up.
3rd Feb '18 1:31:40 PM DavidDelony
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* GatewaySeries: Along with Music/TheBeatles, The Beach Boys are a common entry point for '60s rock and psychedelia in general. ''Pet Sounds'' is also a common gateway for BaroquePop.

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* GatewaySeries: Along with Music/TheBeatles, The Beach Boys are a common entry point for '60s rock and psychedelia in general. ''Pet Sounds'' ''Music/PetSounds'' is also a common gateway for BaroquePop.
27th Jan '18 1:24:01 PM WilliamRadarStorm
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->"For those who believe that Music/{{Brian|Wilson}} walks on water, I will always be the antichrist."

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->"For -->"For those who believe that Music/{{Brian|Wilson}} walks on water, I will always be the antichrist."
11th Dec '17 1:05:32 PM Anddrix
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* BrokenBase: The albums the Beach Boys recorded prior to 1973 are pretty much universally agreed to be great, and the ones after 1977 are agreed to pretty much suck (each for the most part), with the stuff in between falling squarely into LoveItOrHateIt territory.

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* BrokenBase: The albums the Beach Boys recorded prior to 1973 are pretty much universally agreed to be great, and the ones after 1977 are agreed to pretty much suck (each for the most part), with the stuff in between falling squarely into LoveItOrHateIt divisive territory.
10th Dec '17 1:11:23 PM Malady
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*** The speech was so notorious it became a meme that very night! Elton John and Bob Dylan both noted in their subsequent speeches "Thank God Mike Love didn't mention me." Mike Love also took shots at TheBeatles, but was later filmed having a friendly chat with RingoStarr, so some wonder if the whole thing was in jest. Then again, [[NiceGuy it's Ringo]], and it takes a lot to get him riled up.

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*** The speech was so notorious it became a meme that very night! Elton John and Bob Dylan both noted in their subsequent speeches "Thank God Mike Love didn't mention me." Mike Love also took shots at TheBeatles, but was later filmed having a friendly chat with RingoStarr, Music/RingoStarr, so some wonder if the whole thing was in jest. Then again, [[NiceGuy it's Ringo]], and it takes a lot to get him riled up.
20th Nov '17 8:00:27 AM WilliamRadarStorm
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** What's more, their pre-1973 era can itself be divided between the earlier surfing/cars/girls hits and the more sonically and thematically ambitious (and less commercially successful) material from ''Pet Sounds'' onward. The former accounts for most of the group's airplay on oldies radio and attracts audiences to the Mike Love-led touring band, while the latter is the basis for most of the group's critical acclaim and the inspiration for indie-rock revivalists like the Elephant Collective bands.

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** What's more, their pre-1973 era can itself be divided between the earlier surfing/cars/girls hits and the more sonically and thematically ambitious (and less commercially successful) material from ''Pet Sounds'' onward. The former accounts for most of the group's airplay on oldies radio and attracts audiences to the Mike Love-led touring band, while the latter is the basis for most of the group's critical acclaim and the inspiration for indie-rock revivalists like the Elephant 6 Collective bands.
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