Video: Michael Nesmith – “Propinquity (I’ve Just Begun To Care)” (live in 1971) From Nevada Fighter (RCA, 1971). “Propinquity” means being close to someone, and as is typical, Nez never says the title in his song. This was written before he joined the Monkees and he recorded a demo in 1966 and then a full … Continue reading Old Michael Nesmith video: Propinquity
Video: The Monkees – “Unwrap You At Christmas” Directed by John Hughes. [Oh really? -ed.] From Christmas Party, out now on Rhino. Ho ho ho, everybody! “Unwrap You At Christmas” was written by Andy Partridge and it’s weird that Micky sounds like he’s trying to sound like XTC. Probably imitating the demo a little too … Continue reading New Monkees video: Unwrap You At Christmas
Davy Jones caused my first midlife crisis. I was 15 years old and MTV had been broadcasting “The Monkees” TV show. I was a burgeoning sixties buff, already into the Beatles and Donovan. This was 1986, and I got into the TV series. I had seen A Hard Day’s Night and Help, but the slapstick … Continue reading Davy Is Dead and I’m Freaking Out
One of the best psychedelic pop songs of all time.
These have been up for a while, but the official Monkees site has three great podcasts featuring Mike Nesmith being interviewed by Rhino’s Chief Monkees Officer, Andrew Sandoval. The best one is Part 2, wherein Nez talks about the band’s insane 1969 tour with a funk group (Sam & The Goodtimers) as their backing band. … Continue reading Mike Nesmith Talks about the Monkees
Peter Tork says the Monkees merit consideration for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but one man opposes their induction. “The only person … holding a grudge is Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone,” says the former Monkee. The magazine editor “has never written a gracious word. He personally has the veto power to keep … Continue reading Wenner Blackballs Monkees
From the fine folks of Bedazzled: two Kool-Aid Commercials (1, 2) featuring the Monkees and Bugs Bunny. Video: Monkees Kool-Aid commercials Via Monkees Live Almanac. Updated 6/15/2018.