INTERVIEW: MIKE DOYLE ON THE BEACH BOYS, JAZZ, AND SOME LIGHT B&E

The Beach Boys' "Surfin' USA" single dropped on this date, in 1963. I'm an out-and-proud Beach Boy fan, have been since childhood. But "Surfin' USA" is a throwaway. "Sweet Little Sixteen" pasted over with counterfeit surf lyrics. Plus it's got Mike Love on lead vocal— adenoidal USC frat-boy delivery puts my teeth on edge, and he used to harass and bully poor Brian Wilson, the prick. Maybe it's the coffee talking, but I'd rank "Surfin' USA" below "Kokomo."

Still, it went to #3 on the Billbo...