Singer Brian Wilson Did A Reddit AMA

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The Beach Boys’ frontman Brian Wilson decided to do a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) and it was really enjoyable.

The singer was promoting his new biopic film ‘Love & Mercy’, that premiered at this year’s South By Southwest film festival.

The film starring Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood) as Wilson, chronicles singer’s dark years spent under the care of therapist Eugene Landy.

‘Love & Mercy’ follows his rise with The Beach Boys, their seminal album Pet Sounds, the volatile Smile recording sessions and his reemergence in the Eighties with his medical malpractice lawsuit against his therapist.

The Reddit Q&A started off with the question: What’s your favourite band?

Wilson: The Beatles.

Question: A lot has been written about a rivalry between you and Lennon/McCartney, particularly about their desire to compete against Pet Sounds. I know it’s a long time ago, but did you feel the same level of competition with the Beatles?

Wilson: There was mutual admiration, competitiveness not a rivalry. ‘Pet Sounds’ inspired ‘Sgt Pepper.’

Question: Who was your most memorable fan?

Wilson: When I was in Washington DC about 8 years ago receiving the Kennedy Center Honor, President Bush and I met – I said “Nice to meet you” and he said “I’m one of your fans.” I was thrilled.

Question: What did you think the first time you heard the Barenaked Ladies song, “Brian Wilson?”

Wilson: I was honored that they would use my name but it embarrassed me a little bit because I was lying in bed a lot haha.

Question: What’s under Mike Love’s baseball cap?

Wilson: A bald head.

Question: What is your favorite movie?

Wilson: The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock because it had a sense of humor. Some guys car blew up and he got killed and it made me laugh for some reason running from the birds.

Question: How did you feel about seeing John Cusack and Paul Dano portraying you on film? Is it weird to see aspects of the life that you really lived acted out by others?

Wilson: Well..the movie is on my life and when I saw it it took me back to where I was back in the ’60s and ’80s. It took me back to when I was young and all different places. It was a thrill to see John and Paul portraying me, they did it very well.

Question: Do you have a favorite Bob Dylan song?

Wilson: Blowin’ In The Wind i like the lyrics. I met Bob Dylan in an emergency hospital in Malibu..he accidentally had his thumb broken. It was a cool place to meet him. I’m a fan of his for sure.

Question: If you could give any advice to yourself at age 18, what would it be?

Wilson: Don’t take drugs!

Question:  How do you like your steak cooked? What’s your favorite flavor of cake?

Wilson: Medium rare with ketchup on top and my favorite flavor of cake is cheesecake

Question: What is your favorite track from the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album?

Wilson: A Little Help From My Friends because of Ringos performance and John Lennons chords and melody.

Question: What’s one little-known fact about you or your life that you’d like people to know?

Wilson: That I’m deaf in my right ear and that I used to do transcendental meditation at my house. Most people don’t know that.

And finally Wilson was asked about the magical decade of the sixties.

Question: What do you miss most about the 1960’s?

Wilson: I miss the spirit of competition and all the cool restaurants and places we used to hang out.

Read the full Reddit AMA here.