This is the eleventh in a series of guest articles (and in this instance, a podcast) that have been submitted to The Monkees Live Almanac in celebration of the group's 50th Anniversary.
Earlier this year, the host of the Where's That Sound Coming From? podcast, Brian Marchese, contacted me after I had solicited contributions from guest authors to celebrate The Monkees' 50th Anniversary. Brian was knocking around a few ideas, and after several starts and re-starts, he settled on a podcast presentation that proposes an "alternate" history of The Monkees, largely centered around the group's fifth LP, The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees. Here's Brian's description of the podcast:
Truth is at least as strange as fiction. Fact intertwines with my flights of fancy in this episode. At its core is an analysis of the fifth album The Monkees SHOULD have released. I was asked to contribute something to the excellent blog, Monkees Live Almanac, back in May of this year to help celebrate the band's 50th Anniversary. I thought about it intermittently for two months, wrote it sporadically over the course of the next two months, and recorded/produced it in fits and starts over the last two months. And here it is.
Monkees fans are really going to enjoy this podcast, and the Live Almanac would like to say a big thank you to Brian for all of his hard work and dedication in presenting this project!
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Mike Sacks talks with Monkee great and early proponent of country rock, MICHAEL NESMITH, about music, comedy, and his involvement in the early years of MTV. Monkee fans rejoice!
John Covach, professor of music theory at the University, sat down with Nick Bruno in the studio to talk about The Monkees, their influence on pop culture, and how their music ended up taking on a life of its own, in the premier episode of UR Quad-Cast.
September 16, 2016: Michael Nesmith’s final performance with The Monkees at the Pantages in Los Angeles, California. Megan and Craig review the show and discuss their feelings in the aftermath.
On the eve of Michael Nesmith’s final scheduled live performance with The Monkees, Megan and Craig meet up on the west coast to chat about Papa Nez – his levels of involvement (and non-involvement) with The Monkees post-reunion, his return in 2012, his absence on the stage in 2016 and the fanbase reaction to such.
Last week, Inside the Box examined The Monkees' 1969 NBC television special, 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee. And now, the ITMOD podcast takes a turn!
Brian Marchese over at Where's That Sound Coming From? has posted Part 2 of his discussion with Monkees archivist and tour producer Andrew Sandoval. Lots of interesting topics are covered, including a behind the scenes look at the recording of Good Times!, The Monkees and The Kinks, Michael Nesmith's guitar work on the new album, Micky Dolenz and Harry Nilsson, the potential for a Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. super deluxe edition, what's in Michael and Peter Tork's personal tape library, songs attempted at sound check during the lead-up to the 2012 and 2013 Monkees tours, and much more! Check out Part 1 if you missed it.
Thanks to Brian Marchese of Where's That Sound Coming From? for this brand new interview with Monkees archivist and tour producer Andrew Sandoval. Andrew talks extensively about his work on the new Monkees Blu-ray collection along with Rhino's packaging issues, how he got his start in the music business, working with Micky, Davy, Michael, and Peter, and much more. Listen to Part 1 of 2 below:
A big thanks to Tim Powers of Deep Dish Radio, a longtime supporter of The Monkees Live Almanac, who submitted an interview that he recently conducted with Bobby Hart. Here is Tim's description of the conversation:
"In July of 1966, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart went into the studio to record 'Steppin' Stone' for The Monkees, but they also recorded a backing track for 'Whatever's Right,' too.
As you know, 'Whatever's Right' is one of the standout tracks from The Monkees' new album 'Good Times!' which arrives this week from Rhino Records.
Bobby Hart joined me to discuss not only his (and Tommy's) involvement with Good Times! but also The Monkees as an operation, 'The Bobby Hart Solo Album' from 7A Records, and Bobby's new autobiography, 'Psychedelic Bubblegum.'"
Eddie Hoh was a session drummer for The Monkees throughout the late 1960s, most famously contributing to the Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. album and such singles as "Daydream Believer" and "Goin' Down." Sadly, Eddie passed away in November 2015.
WGN Radio in Chicago takes a look back at the life and career of Eddie Hoh:
Be sure to check out this comical interview with Michael that was conducted in late April by comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried, along with writer Frank Santopadre. Nez covers a lot of ground on The Monkees and more.
Gilbert and Frank head to the 2015 Chiller Convention for a rare interview with musician, songwriter and producer Michael Nesmith, who looks back on everything from his mom's invention of Liquid Paper to his original "Monkees" screen test in October of '65. Also, Michael talks politics with John Lennon, pens a hit for Linda Ronstadt, and remembers (sort of) Lon Chaney Jr. PLUS: Dennis Hopper! Tony Franciosa! The Monkees "sell out!" Roger McGuinn gets spiritual! And Jack Nicholson kills off the Prefab Four!
Chip Douglas is fondly remembered by Monkees fans as the producer of the group's two most acclaimed albums, Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd., along with some of their best singles, including "Daydream Believer," "Goin' Down," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," and "The Girl I Knew Somewhere."
Chip was a noted musician even before Michael Nesmith approached him about taking over the production reigns for The Monkees after the dismissal of Don Kirshner. As a member of the Modern Folk Quartet and then later briefly with the Gene Clark Group, Douglas subsequently joined The Turtles, performing on and arranging their classic 1967 track, "Happy Together."
In this exclusive interview for the Live Almanac conducted by British broadcaster and longtime Monkees fan Iain Lee, Chip broaches a wide range of topics in relation to his history with the group. When formulating the questions, it was my goal to move beyond discussion of the Headquarters era, which has been chronicled in great detail. As a result, Iain gets Chip to talk about the inspiration behind his song "Steam Engine" and the expensive recording sessions that surrounded it, as well as his memories of "Today" and "I'm a Man," two tracks recorded during his tenure with The Monkees that never received a proper vocal. The 1976 Dolenz/Jones/Tork Christmas single, working with Davy and Micky in the early 1970s, Michael's recording sessions, Peter's reaction to Chip's role as Monkees producer, and much more are covered throughout the 30 minute conversation.
This interview has been in the planning stages since the summer of 2013, and I'm pleased that we are finally able to present it here on the Live Almanac's blog. I'd like to thank both Chie Hama, who played a key role in getting us in touch with Chip, and Iain for taking the time from his busy schedule to conduct the interview. And of course, thanks to Chip Douglas for being accessible to the fans and for all of his contributions to The Monkees and their recorded output.
Iain is currently working on another Monkees-related release, Micky Dolenz: The MGM Singles Collection, highlighting Micky's early 1970s solo singles. Be sure to check out the Facebook page for that project.
Enjoy the interview!
Sandoval reveals details about the Monkees tape library and much more in extensive podcast interview
Monkees archivist and producer Andrew Sandoval delved into a wide range of subjects in a hour-plus interview with Pods & Sods hosts Craig Smith and Eric Miller. Andrew discusses his latest thoughts about updating his book (The Monkees: The Day-by-Day Story of the '60s TV Pop Sensation); curating the Monkees tape library; his long history with Rhino Records; the remixes produced for the 1991 Listen to the Band box set; the existence of outtakes from the television series and Head; his relationship with Micky, Davy, Michael, and Peter through the years; the 50th Anniversary; and much more. You can listen to the podcast here, or stream it below.
Gilbert and Frank visit the George Burns Room at the historic New York Friars Club, where they're joined by actor, singer and musician MICKY DOLENZ for a fun and fascinating look back at "Monkeemania" and his own unlikely journey from 1950's child star ("Circus Boy") to 1960's pop/rock icon. Also, Micky drops in on a "Sgt. Pepper" recording session, makes movies with Jack Nicholson and Frank Zappa and hits the town with fellow "Hollywood Vampires" John Lennon, Keith Moon and Alice Cooper. PLUS: Lon Chaney Jr.! Micky's mom meets "The Creeper"! The Monkees take on "Faust"! Harry Nilsson quits his day job! And Sgt. Bilko sings "Yesterday"!