Any Beach Boys fan has to have severe mixed emotions about Mike Love. Without Love’s vocals on the Boys’ earliest hits, they may never have “made it” yet many biographies of Brian Wilson or the Beach Boys in general have Mike Love as the catalyst for the internal trouble the Beach Boys had and most notably the abandonment of the Pet Sounds follow up album SMiLE. The great song “Hang On To Your Ego” had to be changed to “I Know There’s an Answer” due to Love’s protests. Looking back, one can only guess where
Mike Love on lead vocals songs:
Little Deuce Coupe
Be True To Your School
Fun, Fun, Fun
I Get Around
When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)
I Can Hear Music
Al Jardine on lead vocals songs:
Help Me, Rhonda
I Know There’s An Answer (co-)
A bonus track on some version of Pet Sounds. This is the original version of “I Know There’s An Answer”
The Beach Boys – I Know There’s An Answer
From the Pet Sounds album.
Mazarin --- I Know There’s An Answer
From the collection Do It Again: A Tribute to Pet Sounds.
UPDATED: I have fixed the link to "I Know There's An Answer." Thanks for letting me know it was wrong. --Matt F.