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Reddit is the Mos Eisley of the Internet (well, one of the many Mos Eisleys on the Internet), but one of the cool things that happens there is the “AMA,” the Ask Me Anything. People from all walks of life (often celebrities, but not always) swing by and answer questions posted in the thread. If a celeb is doing it, it’s usually to promote some new thing (Woody Harrelson’s infamous “Rampart” AMA springs to mind). Such was the case with Brian Wilson a little over a week ago. His new album ‘No Pier Pressure’ is out April 7th and he’s heading out on tour in June (dates at his website). There’s also a movie about him coming out this summer (Love & Mercy), starring John Cusack and Paul Dano.

I compiled most of the questions and answers from the AMA and sent them to Dave, our resident Beach Boys expert, asking him to choose his favorite answers.  Here’s what he came up with (presented in no particular order because I couldn’t get him to number them for me, and I have also edited the questions down to just the question, for the most part):

Q: Hi Mr. Wilson,
I bought my first Beach Boys album at a yard sale in the early 70s. I’ve been a fan since then. Do you remember the first album/record you bought?

BW: The first album I bought was Four Freshmen and Five Trombones. It changed my life.

Q: Could you tell us the name of your favorite vegatables?
BW: Broccolli

Q: What’s under Mike Love’s baseball cap?
BW: A bald head.

Q: What is your favorite movie?
BW: 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.

Q: I’m sure you still often get recognized by fans when out in public. How do you feel about fans approaching you?
BW: A little bit paranoid to be honest but I’m proud to be recognized

6. (This one shows up in pretty much every AMA ever)
Q: Brian, would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses?
BW: 100 duck sized horses for sure haha

Q: Mr. Wilson, are you a TV game show fan? Which one would you like to a contestant?
BW: Wheel of Fortune I love game shows. I watch Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy everyday. I would love to go on but I don’t think I’d be very good haha

Q: How was it filming with the cast of Full House? For some reason that’s one of the only episodes I remember!
BW: I’ve never been on Full House

This note from Dave:

By the way, Brian Wilson is a notoriously bad interview. As you might be able to tell from his one or two word answers. People generally have to pull things out of him and he just gives the general well-known history.

Here are a couple of my favorite answers that Dave didn’t have on his list:

Q: What’s your favourite band?
BW: The Beatles

Q: Hi Brian, what’s your biggest fear?
BW: Dying.

Q: How do you like your steak cooked? What’s your favorite flavor of cake?
BW: Medium rare with ketchup on top and my favorite flavor of cake is cheesecake

Q: Who was your most memorable fan?
BW: 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

If you’d like to read the whole AMA, go right ahead.


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