Brian Wilson sued by untalented cousin . . . again
Mike Love, lead nasalist and chief pinhead of The Beach Boys, is suing the man who gave him his entire career, for the second time in 10 years. In the '90s, he sued his cousin Brian Wilson over songwriting credits, claiming that ad-libbed lines like "Good night, baby" at the end of "Wouldn't It Be Nice" deserved equal royalties. He won that suit, astonishingly enough (Tony Asher, the real lyricist of Pet Sounds, testified that Love never wrote anything on that album), but his new legal challenge isn't expected to go far-- he's suing over the success of Smile!, Brian's triumphant recording of last year, a recreation of an album that Love hated and did everything he could to kill. Now, though, he's claiming that the new recording "shamelessly misappropriated Mike Love's songs, likeness and the Beach Boys trademark." No word if Brian will countersue, claiming that Love did the same to his songs or the group's good name with all of those shitty casino shows Mike does with his cover band. Oh, well, at least Yoko just apologized to Paul.
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