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Author Topic: "Kokomo Brands" - Mike Love's Newest Business Venture Seeking Investors?  (Read 1900 times)
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« on: July 24, 2018, 07:54:41 PM »

There is a website:

http://www.kokomobrands.com/

"Kokomo Brands"

Looks like a business venture seeking capital and investors, centered around Mike Love and Kokomo, and branding it into various interests and markets centered around Mike and the Kokomo lifestyle theme. The whole website looks like a business pitch to get people on board.

Just curious what this is all about.

Any venture capitalists reading the board?  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2018, 08:20:34 PM »


Hope it garners as much interest as the failed Vibe Room and his tanked Uhnleash The luHv. What a money grubber.  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2018, 09:47:46 PM »

So THIS is why there's a press conference?  Cheesy Roll Eyes




In all seriousness, though, it looks like he had a discussion with Jimmy Buffett. I can't say I'm a fan of this, or even the target demographic, but at least Mike's version of Margaritaville will have more vegetarian/vegan options for me to eat if I ever end up at one.
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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2018, 09:48:43 PM »

There's doubt Mike could think up sth. like this. He must be educated in this sphere, then again there's video courses, express classes etc. He could be advised to check them. *If* it's his idea.
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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2018, 02:57:19 PM »

I wonder how the Le Meridien chain will feel about their hotel in Bora Bora being used to plug Mikes resort (trademarked) ‘Club Kokomo Cove’?

http://www.northsouthtravel.com/le-meridien-bora-bora


Sounds like lawyers could be getting busy soon.




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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2018, 04:05:32 PM »

    W T F ? ?

    https://www.trademarkia.com/company-michael-e-love-4516721-page-1-2

    Coffee, tea, rum, cocktail mixes, eyewear, fragrances, and: "Bleaching preparations and other substances for laundry use; cleaning, polishing, scouring and abrasive preparations; soaps; perfumery, essential oils, cosmetics, hair lotions; dentifrices."
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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2018, 04:33:42 PM »


Hope it garners as much interest as the failed Vibe Room and his tanked Uhnleash The luHv. What a money grubber.  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2018, 06:50:33 AM »

This was tried (albeit not in a tropical setting, etc.), *with* the actual Beach Boys branding, 26 years ago and presumably before too long failed, right?



Here's some video from the 1992 opening:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ejxXXFJE3Q
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« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2018, 06:52:44 AM »

And you can still visit that location in Hermosa Beach now, by grabbing a slice of some Round Table Pizza!

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« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2018, 06:57:41 AM »

My thoughts? Probably 30 years too late. Now back in the late 80's, I think the play would have been Kokomo time shares. The timeshare market was growing. Ironically, just yesterday on another board someone was mentioning that, at the time people were filing into travel agencies looking to fly to Kokomo! Creating Caribbean Kokomo destinations may have been temporarily lucrative, with an exit strategy of going public or getting swallowed up by a bigger resort chain. Brother Stephen was long gone by then, but he could have made this work.

Mike and Jimmy would have talked at the Capitol 4th event. But Buffetts success can't be duplicated. The Beach Boys brand doesn't have Parrotheads or Kiss Army followers that will shell out for any conceivable type of merchandise. It's actually probably the opposite. A divided fan base, half of whom loathe anything associated with Michael.
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« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2018, 06:58:21 AM »

Let us all mourn that we'll never again be able to try to the totally-appropriately-named "Brian Wilson's Kokomo Platter."

Now I'm imagining a Brian-helmed restaurant serving "Mike Love's Smile Cornfield Platter."
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« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2018, 10:23:37 AM »

My thoughts? Probably 30 years too late. Now back in the late 80's, I think the play would have been Kokomo time shares. The timeshare market was growing. Ironically, just yesterday on another board someone was mentioning that, at the time people were filing into travel agencies looking to fly to Kokomo! Creating Caribbean Kokomo destinations may have been temporarily lucrative, with an exit strategy of going public or getting swallowed up by a bigger resort chain. Brother Stephen was long gone by then, but he could have made this work.

Mike and Jimmy would have talked at the Capitol 4th event. But Buffetts success can't be duplicated. The Beach Boys brand doesn't have Parrotheads or Kiss Army followers that will shell out for any conceivable type of merchandise. It's actually probably the opposite. A divided fan base, half of whom loathe anything associated with Michael.

This Kokomo Brands venture was on the books and the ball was rolling months before the July 4th concert.

And that restaurant shown via the menu photo was not the only attempt at similar branding by Mike - "Club Kokomo" was also tried and failed in 1997 as an attempt to launch a chain of theme restaurants.

The difference here is they seem to be fishing for investors for a wide-ranging "lifestyle" brand under the Kokomo theme. As mentioned...including personal care products, and a host of other products and services.

It's an ambitious attempt, looks like they're casting a very wide net to get people to invest on the strength of the name Kokomo.

Which leads me to ask, will John Phillips' estate get any percentages of royalties or licensing fees if any part of this venture does take off? Because as Melcher mentioned in an interview when Kokomo hit #1, it was John Phillips who named the song and put the initial song ideas and chords on tape.

Just to get the facts straight on that part of it.
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« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2018, 12:43:44 PM »

I'm perplexed as to how Mike, who tours all year and brings in a ton of money, could be either too bored or so interested in making more money that they'd want to go for this "Kokomo" theme.

Hopefully investors will do their due diligence and look back at past "Kokomo"-related branding failures. And, as I mentioned, back in the 90s Mike could use the "Beach Boys" name for such projects, whereas now he can't.

The Beach Boys have generally just not had the branding success that the Beatles or even Jimmy Buffett have had, for whatever reason. But hey, they did make a BRI-approved singing toothbrush!

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« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2018, 12:44:59 PM »

And yes, "Music in Your Mouth" absolutely *was* the working title for "Unleash the Love".......
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« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2018, 01:00:56 PM »


    I'm still SMH. Mike thinks there's be demand for Kokomo® brand laundry detergent and toothpaste??
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« Reply #15 on: July 26, 2018, 01:05:31 PM »

My thoughts? Probably 30 years too late. Now back in the late 80's, I think the play would have been Kokomo time shares. The timeshare market was growing. Ironically, just yesterday on another board someone was mentioning that, at the time people were filing into travel agencies looking to fly to Kokomo! Creating Caribbean Kokomo destinations may have been temporarily lucrative, with an exit strategy of going public or getting swallowed up by a bigger resort chain. Brother Stephen was long gone by then, but he could have made this work.

Mike and Jimmy would have talked at the Capitol 4th event. But Buffetts success can't be duplicated. The Beach Boys brand doesn't have Parrotheads or Kiss Army followers that will shell out for any conceivable type of merchandise. It's actually probably the opposite. A divided fan base, half of whom loathe anything associated with Michael
And Steve would have skimmed the profits off the top for sure.
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« Reply #16 on: July 26, 2018, 01:25:09 PM »

Just looking at the first link. A very poor quality copy of the Dan Rather interview where incidentally, Mike looked the worse I have ever known him to look. Lifted pictures of a faceless restaurant, clothing store etc. Amateur hour.

Again, using a picture of an established resort to promote your own brand. Mike took Brian to court over his image being used for a newspaper giveaway. Pot/ kettle/ black.

The list of themed bars and restaurants failing is extremely long. I doubt this will even get out of the gate.
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« Reply #17 on: July 26, 2018, 01:45:00 PM »

Kokomo brand amyl nitrate....It’s Landy tested and approved!
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« Reply #18 on: July 26, 2018, 02:08:54 PM »

Just looking at the first link. A very poor quality copy of the Dan Rather interview where incidentally, Mike looked the worse I have ever known him to look. Lifted pictures of a faceless restaurant, clothing store etc. Amateur hour.

Again, using a picture of an established resort to promote your own brand. Mike took Brian to court over his image being used for a newspaper giveaway. Pot/ kettle/ black.

The list of themed bars and restaurants failing is extremely long. I doubt this will even get out of the gate.

Wow, I didn't even notice how amateurish the website is. The *short* clip of the Rather interview isn't even a direct copy; it appears to be a cell phone video aimed at a monitor playing it back. *And*, the video clip is hosted on Dropbox instead of on the website itself. It includes one random Dropbox comment (maybe from the person who posted it?) from nine months ago mentioning the interview was an hour long and they just recorded that one little segment.
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« Reply #19 on: July 26, 2018, 02:58:45 PM »



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« Reply #20 on: July 26, 2018, 03:46:16 PM »

Let us all mourn that we'll never again be able to try to the totally-appropriately-named "Brian Wilson's Kokomo Platter."

Now I'm imagining a Brian-helmed restaurant serving "Mike Love's Smile Cornfield Platter."

If Brian Wilson's name was gonna be attached to some sort of "Kokomo" food product, it should have been a food dish of Spanish origin, as a nod to the only version of the song Brian sings on  LOL
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« Reply #21 on: July 26, 2018, 03:53:15 PM »

Next up, Kokomo Sunscreen.

https://youtu.be/rlJaGMLZjrg
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« Reply #22 on: July 26, 2018, 04:03:20 PM »

That “Mike Love tribute shirt” is literally just a shirt. What in sh*t is this?
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« Reply #23 on: July 26, 2018, 07:02:30 PM »

Just looking at the first link. A very poor quality copy of the Dan Rather interview where incidentally, Mike looked the worse I have ever known him to look. Lifted pictures of a faceless restaurant, clothing store etc. Amateur hour.

Again, using a picture of an established resort to promote your own brand. Mike took Brian to court over his image being used for a newspaper giveaway. Pot/ kettle/ black.

The list of themed bars and restaurants failing is extremely long. I doubt this will even get out of the gate.

Wow, I didn't even notice how amateurish the website is. The *short* clip of the Rather interview isn't even a direct copy; it appears to be a cell phone video aimed at a monitor playing it back. *And*, the video clip is hosted on Dropbox instead of on the website itself. It includes one random Dropbox comment (maybe from the person who posted it?) from nine months ago mentioning the interview was an hour long and they just recorded that one little segment.

I noticed that too. It's a cel phone video of a television screen playing the interview. Just put aside any talk of bashing or bias and the like, and looking at the presentation itself, it's amateurish although the web design itself is pretty sleek and modern looking on first click (and that's the only click that matters if this is the sales package for investors). If they can't score the rights to use the actual Dan Rather video clip for whatever reason to market this venture, then find another video to embed. Generally investors are wooed by the quality and flash of a presentation like this.

I don't know how this passed muster.

Nor as mentioned does it look good to copy and paste another corporate hotel chain's marketing photo of their cabana/grotto/getaway design to imply that's what Club Kokomo will look like. Not wanting to go too deep into those areas, unless permission as granted by that other corporation or unless that specific hotel's layout was the product of the Club Kokomo team, you just can't copy and paste advertising images that way to use as your own.

Anyway...
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« Reply #24 on: July 26, 2018, 07:14:49 PM »


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I don't understand that advertising copy for the brand. It, along with some of the text of the website, either implies or states outright that ownership of the song Kokomo belongs to Mike Love.

The reasons why that is not accurate are many, but boil it down to the fact that the song was a John Phillips idea and composition (cowritten with Scott McKenzie) that Mike and Terry Melcher reworked. It is not Mike's song.

And beyond that, it is and was a Beach Boys song and #1 hit that most people know, a reworked version of a John Phillips release. Not a Mike Love release. Carl sang on the song as much as Mike did. John Phillips had the initial concept and wrote more of the song along with the other two co-writers than Mike.

Any artist can brand and market anything they choose to put on the market, but this entire venture hinges on the notion that Kokomo somehow belongs to Mike, along with all related imagery and "lifestyle" elements contained in the song. It's just not accurate.
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