The Seaside Boys’ Mike Love has a historical past of creating, let’s assume, contentious statements on stage, together with a Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame acceptance speech during which he opted to mock the likes of Billy Joel and Mick Jagger. Love has additionally maintained cordial relationships with quite a lot of conservative politicians — notably Donald Trump, which led the Love-led iteration of the Seaside Boys to play a Trump fundraiser.
All of that looks as if the makings of an ideal storm of a cringe-worthy onstage second or two, and Love seems to have delivered simply that. As reported by the Twitter account Loopy Ass Moments in Seaside Boys Historical past, Love lately launched the music “Surfer Lady” with a little bit of onstage banter that sounds extra like a listing of varied reactionary grievances than something remotely related to actuality.
“This subsequent music — I’m a little bit involved about doing, on account of…it’s gender-specific,” Love stated. “I hope there’s no person from Budweiser right here. Or the FBI.”
Love appears to be enjoying to his viewers, given the commonly constructive response to his feedback. Nevertheless it additionally looks like he’s making probably the most shameless sort of pandering to the “anti-woke” crowd. And whereas it’s by no means too clear how critically to take Love, the idea of the FBI — a lot much less a crack crew from Anheuser-Busch InBev — shutting down a efficiency of “Surfer Lady” is laughable.
There’s additionally one thing genuinely weird about Love making an attempt to get his model of the Seaside Boys some type of outlaw cred. Once more, legislation enforcement isn’t going to persecute the Seaside Boys over a music that’s actually 60 years previous. “Kokomo,” however…no, no. As unhealthy as “Kokomo” is, that’s additionally unlikely to attract the eye of the FBI, or perhaps a rapid-response crew from a big beer firm.
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