Saturday, March 22, 2008


For some reason I was searching the internet for Mike Love's drunken speech when the Beach Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and I stumbled upon this video.

Here's a description of the audio from another, yet not as good, video with the same audio.

The year is 1965. The Beach Boys are in the recording studio doing the vocal tracks for "Help Me Rhonda." The boys have slowly been squeezing father Murry out of the scene as producer of their records, instead relying on the pure genius of brother Brian Wilson. Murry's ego is bruised. So he shows up to the session drunk. On the talk-back mic he slurs his words as he vainly tries to give the group guidance. He yells into the headphone monitor system pissing Brian off because Brian only has one good ear. He is deaf in the other after Murry struck him in the head with a board when Brian was very young. You will witness the severe dysfunction that eventually helped push Brian over the edge into a total nervous breakdown.

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