Before I joined The Beach Boys, I was working at Columbia Records as a producer, and saw The Byrds come in and do their first overdub before Terry even met them.
Carl, Dennis and Brian are brothers, and Mike Love's a cousin.
I never could get into The Chambers Brothers. They make good records, but I never could get behind it.
Brian came back in on the road and Al stayed, but Al's the original member of the group.
We are a business, and you do a little of what you think's right, pay your bills, and attract... a single record attracts attention to your concerts and your albums.
I've been with the group since 1965. I will be beginning my fifth year on April ninth this year.
Of course The Beach Boys will be camp.
We've recorded over our voices once and double the harmonies, make them thick. The Four Freshmen do that.
I really dig The Byrds. I think they are the most underrated - in their original form - pop group.
But, you know again, getting back to what a group like ours might represent - the cleanliness thing.
I mean it shouldn't hang you up emotionally if your record fails.
For us... you know, we're not The Beatles.
We try some really interesting things besides being outright commercial.
I really dig the scene that's happening now, I really do, because there might be a lot of bad things going on, but if out of all of those bad things ten per cent of the groovy part of it stays, wow... you can't beat that.
Well, a lot of our concerts do okay, and I know we still get royalty checks which still isn't that important, but again, I have to just say that we're making our records.
Sometimes one of us might be missing because we might be away or something, but there's always four or five.