I still hate Mike Love
Today is the fifth anniversary of what is easily my most read post, “Why I Hate Mike Love”. Not only does this post continue to draw traffic, but it’s actually been viewed more times so far in July 2011 than in any other month. The daily average number of views this month is 150% of that for the past four months, which were previously this post’s busiest months. The post is more popular than ever.
I have no real clue as why this is the case. At the moment, WordPress doesn’t show any new incoming links to this blog, let alone to any particular post. As far as I can tell, people get here purely as a result of Google searches such as (to pick examples from the last seven days) “mike love jerk“, “mike love prick“, “mike love is a douchebag“, “mike love is an asshole“, “mike love bald“, “screw mike love“, “fuck mike love“, “mike love sucks“, “mike love hate“, “does anyone like mike love“, “why does everyone hate mike love” and “is mike love a republican“.
Why is Mike on so many minds recently? Is it that the Beach Boys’ version of Smile is set to come out this year and new stories are being written about Mike’s role in scuttling the original project? Or is it simply that Mike’s out on the road again with his traveling jukebox show, playing county fairs and pretending to be the real, authentic Beach Boys, thus opening the eyes of a fresh cohort of youngsters to his loathsomeness? Is it the case that summer means new hate?
I want to be clear: There are good things to say about Mike Love’s legacy with the Beach Boys. Without him, you might never have even heard of them at all. He’s written and performed some songs I like, even without Brian Wilson’s help. He’s not even the biggest jerk ever to contribute to a Beach Boys song; he’s probably in third place, behind Murry Wilson and Charles Manson, in whatever order you want to put them in.
Mike Love is seventy years old, and he’s not going to be around forever. When he’s gone, I won’t be glad. In fact, I’ll mourn his loss. But at the same time, screw that jerk.
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