In promotion of their upcoming appearance at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, The Monkees appeared on The Mark and Brian Show on 95.5 KLOS-FM on June 28, 1989. The quartet sang "Papa Gene's Blues" and "Daydream Believer" live on the air that day.
Japan experienced the first rebirth of The Monkees in the 1980s even before Micky, Davy, and Peter reunited for the mega-successful 20th Anniversary Tour of North America in 1986. When "Daydream Believer" was used in a Kodak commercial in Japan in 1980, Monkeemania was rekindled as the group's television show returned to the airwaves and Monkees albums were reissued, causing them to chart in that country once again. Demand for The Monkees was so high in Japan that Micky, Davy, and Peter (with The New Monks) all toured there individually between 1981 and 1982, playing to near-hysterical audiences.
Thanks to everyone at Written In Our Hearts for alerting fans to this YouTube footage from the early 1980s.
In late 1980, Peter Tork formed a band called The New Monks. On February 13, 1981, they recorded a single, "(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone"/"Higher and Higher." The 45 was eventually released on the Claude's Music Works label, named after Peter's then-manager Claude Hayn. Thanks a lot to Ben Belmares for sharing the scans of his single!
The single also included a 14" poster:
And along with the poster, a sticker!
Listen to both sides of the single below:
Note the gentleman behind Peter is wearing a Pacific Arts T-shirt. Pacific Arts, of course, was Michael Nesmith's production company that he led from the late 1970s through the 1990s.
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