The bottom line is this - the Beach Boys would not have had the success they enjoyed without Mike Love - period. This is coming from a huge Brian Wilson fan. Brian, hands down, was the genius of the group. Mike, hands down, was (and is) the front man. His lead vocals on many of their hit songs made the sound of the music what it is. He didn't contribute musically as much as Brian, but he did contribute and, as such, was a HUGE factor in the success of the band. Anyone that disputes that fact is totally clueless about the Beach Boys.
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