Where's the Love, Mike?
It seems there aren't any good vibrations in Surf City, USA. Beach Boy Mike Love is suing cousin and ex-bandmate Brian Wilson over Wilson's recent Smile release. According to an Associated Press report:
Love filed the lawsuit in federal court Thursday accusing Wilson of promoting his 2004 album, "Smile," in a manner that "shamelessly misappropriated Mike Love's songs, likeness and the Beach Boys trademark, as well as the `Smile' album itself."
The Beach Boys, who started their career in Hawthorne and crafted the quintessential Southern California sound of the 1960s, never completed Smile. Wilson finished it himself and released it last year to critical praise. Love's lawyer says it's nothing personal.
But to LAist, it sounds more like sour grapes.
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