"As We Go Along," a highlight from the soundtrack to The Monkees' 1968 film Head, is featured in the trailer for Lady Bird, which arrives in theaters on November 10. Thanks to Lee Baber for the heads-up!
Only a few seconds of video has ever surfaced for the clip filmed at Chicago's Fred Niles Studios (better known to Monkees fans as the Rainbow Room) for "Salesman," the lead-off track from The Monkees' fourth LP, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. Those shots, seen below, can be viewed in the second season episode "The Devil and Peter Tork."
I was hoping more footage had been unearthed for last year's Blu-ray set, but unfortunately, it seems nothing survives. The Rainbow Room sessions on August 2, 1967 were featured throughout many second season episodes, showcasing songs like "Randy Scouse Git," "Daydream Believer," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?" and more.
Anyone else remember watching this when it first aired? Check out the video below, from my old VHS collection and now available on the Live Almanac's YouTube channel!
Michael Nesmith in Television Parts was a summer TV series broadcast by NBC in 1985. The 30-minute comedy-variety show was created by Nez as a continuation of his Grammy Award-winning video production Elephant Parts. The first episode was a stand-alone special which aired on March 7, 1985. The following series premiered on June 14, 1985. Micky Dolenz acted as a director for the show during its brief run, and the Modern Folk Quartet, which included former Monkees producer Chip Douglas and legendary rock photographer Henry Diltz, made a guest appearance.
Television Parts was a mix of music videos (by both Michael and others) combined with comedy sketches and commercial parodies. It was hosted by Nez himself, who participated in many of the sketches. Television Parts also featured guest appearances by a variety of comedians, including Martin Mull, Whoopi Goldberg, Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Martin, and Garry Shandling, whose appearance laid the foundation for It's Garry Shandling's Show. One of the show's featured pieces, "Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey" (with Michael as the narrator) was later picked up by Saturday Night Live in 1991.
Unfortunately, the series was canceled after just 5 episodes. The last airing ran for 90 minutes and was broadcasted in the Saturday Night Live time slot. It returned as two separate home video releases on VHS and Betamax, Television Parts Home Companion (1985) and Dr. Duck's Super Secret All-Purpose Sauce (1986). The first was a 40-minute compilation of the original show featuring the comedy skits and music of Michael Nesmith only. Dr. Duck's was a 90-minute montage of sketch comedy with a variety of stars and music videos (none featuring Nez). The stars included Bobcat Goldthwait, Ed Begley, Jr., Jimmy Buffett, Rosanne Cash, Whoopi Goldberg, Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, and Garry Shandling.
Dr. Duck's Super Secret All-Purpose Sauce
Here's the video with Micky's live vocal for "Goin' Down" that was featured in the second season of The Monkees:
The great character actor Monte Landis, who appeared in numerous episodes of The Monkees, played 'Major Pshaw':
The Monkees filmed two unique segments that were featured on various episodes during the second season, highlighting two key tracks from Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. - Daily Nightly" and "Star Collector."
Here are The Monkees on The Hy Lit Show from Philadelphia on Monday, November 18, 1968:
Here's an inspired performance of "Steppin' Stone" live at NYCB Theatre at Westbury in New York on June 17, 2011. Performing in a theatre in the round, watch as a "dizzy" Micky halts the show for a little good clean fun. And man, seeing this reminds me of how much I miss Davy!
I went to the 2014 Monkees Convention in New York and filmed what I saw and who I met. I am a huge Monkees fan and it was a real thrill to speak to like-minded, passionate people. I was also lucky enough to interview Micky Dolenz, Monkees songwriter Bobby Hart, and Monkees historian Eric Lefcowitz, who all appear in this documentary.
Frank Zappa made his legendary guest appearance on this, the penultimate episode of The Monkees. Burgess Meredith also appears in a cameo. Frequent Monkees guest star Monte Landis is the sinister Oracullo, and longtime Monkees director Jim Frawley moved from behind the camera to play Oracullo's assistant, Rudy.