The Beach Boys
Summer in Paradise


0.5

Review

by Aaron W. STAFF
April 4th, 2017 | 78 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I get it. I ain't laughing, but I get it.

In 1978, The Beach Boys released M.I.U., an album that came to be after the cancellation of the Brian-fronted Sinatra-esque Adult/Child, an album replete with songs about standing in lines, big band lounge lizardry and a dodgy song about a tomboy that the band were very eager to forget existed. Upon its release, Dennis Wilson was even more eager to forget M.I.U., proclaiming it an embarrassment upon his life and hoping karma would "fuck up Mike Love's meditation forever".

Come some fourteen years later and nearly ten years after Wilson's death, The Beach Boys had yet again shown that they could fall even further from grace. The ultimate genre-defining "how do you do, fellow kids?" moment, Summer in Paradise is nothing short of an exercise in futility. The band merely doesn't entertain full-blown mediocrity here, instead opting for the most shameless cash-in on past glories one can witness. Nobody else could've went into the studio with just a Macintosh Quadra (complete with a beta version of Pro Tools), slapped on a fully synthetic rhythm track and call it a day. Nobody else could've figured lyrics that pointed out that Mike Love wanted to take you "on a love vacation" and how much he wanted to take your girl under the boardwalk sounded good (especially for a group of men who were reaching middle age or were knee deep in it).

Ask yourself for a minute: "did the Beach Boys really want to entertain Mike Love's desire to make a rap duet with Bart from The Simpsons?" Aside from Love, the band were practically uninterested in recording what Love brought to the table - as Carl Wilson would indicate years later, he only wanted to record "inspired music" after the disaster that was Summer in Paradise, an album that didn't even move a thousand copies. If there's anything you needed to know about Summer in Paradise from the get-go is this - the album was such a failure that the band all but disowned it. Summer in Paradise is the only Beach Boys album with zero contributions from Brian Wilson, who was stuck in a legal battle to get away from his overly-controlling shrink Eugene Landy, who over-medicated Wilson for years in an attempt to shoehorn his way into his will. Like Landy shoehorning his way into Wilson's life, the Boys made quite sure to shoehorn one John Stamos (aka that guy from Full House) on the remake of Dennis Wilson's "Forever" in a last-ditch effort at relevancy after the song became somewhat popular thanks to its inclusion on the family sitcom.

Summer in Paradise reaches a point where it stops being funny - you realize that for the most part, the people (or person, considering this is as much of a Beach Boys album as Pet Soundsis) involved seriously believe this will become the quintessential soundtrack to the summer. I get it. I ain't laughing, but I get it.



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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2017


19407 Comments

Album Rating: 0.5 | Sound Off

rip version 1 aka "hey now, well it's a love thing"



"Summer of Love" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBFsJk6PWu0

Friday13th
April 4th 2017


7108 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Way to use that 0.5 rating privilege!

VaxXi
April 4th 2017


4418 Comments


Best Beach Boys

VaxXi
April 4th 2017


4418 Comments


also damn fine review

Jasdevi087
April 4th 2017


6124 Comments


"Lotta dolts think this album is so bad, it aint good but aint the worst album." - soundoff bloke

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2017


19407 Comments

Album Rating: 0.5 | Sound Off

yeah it's no looking back with love

theBoneyKing
April 4th 2017


18825 Comments


Ah yes my favorite Bitch Boys

CompostCompote
April 4th 2017


1022 Comments


I like the parts where they harmonize

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2017


19407 Comments

Album Rating: 0.5 | Sound Off

appreciate u boner



dare you to listen to this

hasan
April 4th 2017


927 Comments


i like the beach boys... someone should write a new review...

CompostCompote
April 4th 2017


1022 Comments


Hasan, I thought we were friends, but you've spending time on other threads, you whore.

theBoneyKing
April 4th 2017


18825 Comments


No problem Fripp

Yeah I think I'll pass on this lol

hasan
April 4th 2017


927 Comments


its the land of the unknown though, haha i am sorry bro

FullOfSounds
April 4th 2017


15775 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

tldr this sold less than 1k units



Gud review Fripp, I would be absolutely embarrassed by this if I was the Boys.

Tyler.
April 4th 2017


17969 Comments


Was the Bart thing a joke or

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2017


19407 Comments

Album Rating: 0.5 | Sound Off

I'm being dead serious



Mike wanted Summer of Love to be a rap duet between him and Bart Simpson, but it ended up on Baywatch (where the music video came from) when the planned duet (for a scrapped movie) fell through



http://dangerousminds.net/comments/low_tide_the_beach_boys_hit_rock_bottom_in_1992_with_summer_in_paradise

Tyler.
April 4th 2017


17969 Comments


Jesus Christ that's embarrassing

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2017


19407 Comments

Album Rating: 0.5 | Sound Off

not even the most cringeworthy thing they've done tbh



that dishonor goes to this - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-kAnNgqN9o

Tyler.
April 4th 2017


17969 Comments


I watched some of that at work and I want to die

Snide
April 4th 2017


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Top fucking kek



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