Every great drama needs conflict, and in the half-century saga of the Beach Boys, its lead singer and frequent co-songwriter Mike Love was often at the center of its most contentious moments. Love was famously the main reason the band's epic Smile album went unreleased for nearly four decades, and a rash of legal actions against cousin and Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson left Love with a reputation as a bully with a unquenchable sense of entitlement. However, the reality of Love's relationship with his fellow Beach Boys was less black-and-white than the press and public opinion of him. Love did contribute important lyrics and ideas to some of the band's greatest songs, and though his late 20th century version of the band - of which he was the sole original member - was a shadow of its former glories, he did as much to preserve the band's legacy as Wilson or any of the other surviving members. No matter how one viewed Love - in the parlance of one of the group's most ambitious songs, as either one of the "Heroes and Villains" - his status as a founding member of one of the world's most influential musical groups remained undiminished.