7a Records co-founder and UK broadcaster extraordinaire Iain Lee will be interviewing Michael Nesmith tonight - live! Be sure to tune in to Iain's radio show at 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PT/10:30pm UK on talkradio.co.uk!
In an August 2016 interview with Rolling Stone, Nez spoke about the opening track of The Monkees' third album, 1967's Headquarters:
"When I joined The Monkees they kept saying, 'You gotta write a pop song.' This is one of the two I wrote, along with 'The Girl I Knew Somewhere.' I was really happy with the way it turned out, and it came out on the only album we ever made by ourselves, which was Headquarters. When I say 'we,' I mean the four principal actors. Peter put a great banjo on it and it came to life.
"People think it was amazing that four guys hired for a TV show could actually form a band, but I don't see it that way. It's not that amazing when you think of the tenor of the times. You put any four guys in a room in the 1960s and you had a band, all the way from The Grateful Dead to Buffalo Springfield. It isn't that amazing that four people in a group would start singing and playing together, especially since they were hired to perform that as actors."
UPDATED 12/22/2017: Antenna TV has announced their new schedule effective January 2, 2018, and "The Monkees" has been removed from their programming. However, the entire series, along with the movie "Head" and much more, is available on Blu-ray from Monkees.com.
Antenna TV in the United States airs The Monkees television series on the weekends.
Recently the show experienced a schedule change, and two episodes are now being aired on Sundays starting at 5AM (EST).
Check out Antenna TV's website and see if the show is available in your area. And if you want to watch The Monkees at your convenience, the entire series (and much more) is now available on Blu-ray, courtesy of Rhino Records.
51 years ago, the Monkees TV show debuted. The guy in the band who always wore a winter hat, Michael Nesmith, has chronicled his life in a new memoir and joins Dave Schrader to discuss his time in the Monkees, his eclectic/electric life, his invention of the music video, and his critical contributions to movies, comedy, and the world of virtual reality.
Here's a wonderful tribute to The Monkees on the 51st Anniversary of the debut of their NBC television show. Thanks to Miss Mini at Naked Persimmon for perfectly encapsulating today's milestone:
Yesterday, Nez stopped by and sang with Circe and Christian during their latest online performance:
"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!
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