The bigger problem is that the Beach Boys think of a city in northern Indiana as "tropical paradise"!
I knew we had a geography problem here in the states, but I didn't know that it was that
The Beach Boys have explained the song isn't about a real place and obviously Kokomo, IN isn't even close to a tropical paradise nor was it the inspiration for the song. "Kokomo" just seemed to rhyme.
It only took a little less than an hour for someone NOT to realize that that was a joke! Even a former co-worker of mine (from Indiana, no less) got that one!
Since "Kokomo" was #1 almost 22 years after their last #1 ("Good Vibrations"), then they should have had another #1 in 2010! (That was a joke, too.
I think the problem with "Kokomo" is that's it's a cheesy "ear-worm" song.
"Kokomo" was an "outlier" among Beach Boys hits, in that it came so late in their career (long after many folks had written them off), Brian Wilson had nothing to do with writing it, and was in no way involved with it, and it didn't appear on any Beach Boys album (at first), only on the Cocktail
soundtrack. Because of that, there was a rash of Beach Boys compilation albums issued, or reissued, to contain "Kokomo" on them. Nearly all Beach Boys compilation albums since then, if they even claim to be a comprehensive career retrospective of the band, contain "Kokomo" on them. They had had several minor, mostly AC hits during the '80s, and most compilations prior to "Kokomo" had to contain those, like the out-of-print Made In the USA
, which contained "Getcha Back," "Rock and Roll to the Rescue," and their cover of "California Dreamin'."