No Pier Pressure (2015) Apr 7, 2020 19:54:02 GMT
Post by kds on Apr 7, 2020 19:54:02 GMT
I think PSF was established in 2016 after the banning of several regulars at SSMB formed it.
I'm going to review the album on its fifth year anniversary, but first I'd like to get this out of the way.
I thought the polarizing had more to do with the criticism of Brian Wilson than it did the album. Let's be open and honest here. You're mainly referring to the Smiley Smile forum. By that time, the two moderators and a few of the posters basically dug in their heels and were not going to allow ANY criticism of Brian Wilson, no matter how objective and well-stated it was. It was - nope, don't wanna hear it, how dare you, not here, go away. Clearly agendas were in place and the lines were drawn. It just came to a head with No Pressure and some of the other bullying bullshit that was going on behind the scenes. But, again, I don't think the negative criticism of the album "drove a wedge" into the Beach Boys' online universe. That wedge was well-driven already, at least on that particular forum.
I think that's true: the album was more what was happening at the time the various spats were ongoing. (And they weren't the first or last spats, either.) PSF already existed by then, didn't it? Or did it grow out of that fight? Anyway, there had been splinter boards and battles going back as long as I've been around online with the BBs, which gets us to the early '00s.
Some people just aren't able to maintain cordial relationships when they disagree about things. It's unfortunate. A lot of the people who have been involved in the various fights over the years, I like or respect (or both). But for some reason, certain triggers are pulled and all decent behavior is out the window.
The campaign season heating up around then didn't help anything, either. Things got really weird then.
I think it was a joke MST3K review of NPP that lead to the exodus / exile.