Brendon Urie brings up the ultimate crazy genius in this song: Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. Wilson, who built a sandbox in his home to place his piano, created masterpieces like "Good Vibrations
" and "God Only Knows
" while on the verge of psychosis. The yin to his yang in the group was lead singer Mike Love, the talented but straight-laced member who grew up to be a Republican. Urie sings:She said you're just like Mike
Love but you wanna be Brian Wilson
The girl in the song is accusing him of being a wannabe genius like Brian Wilson, when he's anything but. By breaking "Mike" and "Love" into separate lines, it becomes a play on the "like Mike" Nike campaign built around Michael Jordan, who excelled through hard work and talent, not eccentricity.
Later in the song, he sings:Said you're just like Mike
Love but you'll never be Dennis Wilson
Dennis Wilson was the drummer in the Beach Boys who was the more free spirited (and the only one who actually surfed). He drowned in 1983 at 39.