Mike Love Interview
BOSTON MUSIC SPOTLIGHT "I was in India at the Maharishi’s place and Paul McCartney came to the breakfast table with his acoustic guitar and said, 'Hey, listen to this, Mike: [sings] Flew in to Miami Beach B.O.A.C. …' and all that. He sang me the verses of 'Back in the USSR' and I said to him, 'Paul, you ought to talk about all the girls around Russia – Moscow girls, Ukraine girls, Georgia on my mind…' and he did. He did the entire music thing, and I just gave him the idea for that – for the bridge. The next time I heard it was when it was out on the 'White Album.' But I guess my being there influenced him in the Beach Boys way. [laughs] We’ve even done 'Back in the USSR' on stage because it’s fun to do; it’s sort of like 'Fun, Fun, Fun' only with different lyrics, you know?"