As most of you know by now, Ken Mills, Sarah Clark, Melanie Mitchell, and company do a wonderful service for Monkees fans by hosting the first-ever Monkees podcast, Zilch. The most recent episode was recorded today and focused on The Monkees' brand new single, "She Makes Me Laugh." I was honored to be a part of the panel. Ken, who created the podcast, had asked me to appear on Zilch during its earliest days, but I have to admit, I was a bit nervous to guest on a recorded show. But my fears were allayed by a wonderful group that included Jeff Hulit, Craig Cohen, Jeff Gehringer, Melinda Gildart, and Sarah Clark, who were all very kind and supportive.
Be sure to click the image below to listen to the podcast, which reveals session credits for "She Makes Me Laugh," and much, much more.
iTunes is showing a 3 minute running time for "You Bring the Summer," which is Andy Partridge's contribution to The Monkees' new album, Good Times! You'll notice that no other song (besides "She Makes Me Laugh," the current single) has a running time denoted. Could we be in store for another new single before the official release of the album?
I probably listened to "She Makes Me Laugh" at least 50 times on Thursday, April 28, 2016 when The Monkees' first new single since 1987 was released on YouTube. And then I was able to hear it the next day via the iTunes download, where the song really came alive for me...hearing Nez and Peter clearly in the background behind Micky's super-impressive lead vocal. And Peter's banjo on a Monkees single, a first...what more could I ask for?
I have to admit, I don't think there has been a moment when I didn't enjoy the song immensely. Granted, my attachment to it might come from the fact that it's slightly overwhelming to have a brand new Monkees single in the year 2016, four years after the untimely passing of Davy Jones. The last time I purchased a Monkees single was in late 1987 when "Every Step of the Way" was released. "She Makes Me Laugh" has been a long time coming, and I'd like to think that Davy would have been pleased with the results.
A word about Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, who penned "She Makes Me Laugh" for The Monkees. Weezer broke right as I was entering college, and I was always an admirer of the band. Their albums are a part of my music collection, and knowing that Rivers is a Monkees fan is icing on the cake. Let's not forget that numerous singers and songwriters from River's generation cite The Monkees as an influence. One of the best parts about The Monkees' upcoming album Good Times! is that contemporary artists are loud and proud when it comes to praising The Monkees, a notion that some of The Monkees' contemporaries were less than willing to express.
I hope everyone is embracing the fact that we are being treated to new Monkees music as the group celebrates its 50th Anniversary, while also being appreciative of those who are tenderly curating The Monkees and their legacy.
And by the way, I love the "pink party hats" lyric!
Rivers composed The Monkees' new single, "She Makes Me Laugh."
After almost five years at MonkeesConcerts.com, The Monkees Live Almanac has moved to a new domain: MonkeesLiveAlmanac.com. When I first published this website in the summer of 2011, I was quite the novice and, well, I actually cannot remember why I didn't just use the website's name as its main URL. The good thing is that you should experience no change in access - I've completed several tests and everything appears to be running smoothly. However, if you do come across broken URL's or any other issues, please contact me.
Unfortunately, changing domains means a complete loss of Facebook likes on all of the previous blog postings, along with some other small (unimportant) details. Any links to Live Almanac pages or posts on Facebook (and other social media venues) or around the web remain and are still accessible, but the stats have been reset to '0.'
I'd like to say thank you to everyone for their continued support of this website. The traffic has been incredible just over the last day alone. I'm doing my best to work through my inbox, which is a bit flooded, especially since the release of "She Makes Me Laugh." If I haven't replied to you, please give me an extra moment.
I hope everyone is enjoying the new single!
Rivers discusses the impact of The Monkees on his career on Weezer's official Facebook page:
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