In this interview with Salon, XTC's Andy Partridge talked about writing songs for the brand new Monkees album, Good Times!, including the album's first single "You Bring The Summer."
"Music is so abused these days": XTC’s Andy Partridge opens up about songwriting, painting and developing the "cruel parent gene" toward your own art
Here's what Andy had to say:
"And I was contacted on Twitter by the man who manages the Monkees, Andrew Sandoval. The Monkees are going to make one more album, one last hurrah, and they want to do it in the style of ’66, ’67 Monkees. [Sandoval] knew I was a fan of the Monkees as a kid, and said would I write something for them? I thought fantastic, so I wrote them a bunch of things, wrote them a few new ones, and sent a couple that I thought they might like. And their first single is going to be one of those songs."
It’s "You Bring The Summer," right?
"Yeah. So I was channeling my inner Neil Diamond there. Which is easier to do, really, than my inner Carole King."