Monday, June 10, 2013
As you may have read on the interwebs, Brian Wilson is working on a new record along with the other two boys fired by Mike Love, Alan Jardine and David Marks. Okay, I don't really care, but great. You see, I absolutely love the Beach Boys, and I'm happy that Brian Wilson is alive and working. And fuck Mike Love. And...well... I couldn't possibly listen to Brian Wilson's new record. Oh no! I mean, how could anyone at this point?
We've been down this road before, the same road that offers the pros and cons of the Rolling Stones. Mike Campbell on the Dangerous Minds blog nailed it with this-
"Rolling Stones, you’ve managed to wipe out your own fucking legacy. You’ve stomped it into the ground and turned it into something that no longer remotely resembles the rock ‘n’ roll you once made that changed my life. Go fuck yourselves!"
He was referring specifcally to the misguided abomination that was Mick Jagger and Taylor Swift's duet on "As Tears Go By," though I think this entire 50th Anniversary tour is a misguided abomination. But I digress.
What I didn't mention in the first paragraph is that Brian Wilson's new record will feature Jeff Beck and Beck's current rhythm section, Tal Wilkenfeld and Vinnie Colaiuta on half, and a rhythm section of Don Was and Jim Keltner, on the other half of an album that Wilson promises will "rock."
Aside from Brian Wilson, who wants this? Beach Boys fans? Jeff Beck fans? Does Don Was have any fans?
I guess at this point in Brian Wilson's career, he should be afforded the luxury of anything he damn wants. I can't and won't argue that. But as a fan and an obsessive, I don't understand the people...and I have already encountered more than I expected to...who are excited over this ridiculous pairing. Just as I don't get the people who claim to love music and the Rolling Stones, going to a ga-ga over some of the most horrific sounds the Stones have ever made. Loyalty is one thing. Denial is another.