This episode of Headquarters is centered around Davy Jones and his 1987 autobiography, They Made a Monkee Out of Me. The special, hosted by Paris Stachtiaris and John Di Maio, begins with a multi-part interview with Alan Green, who assisted Davy in the publication of the book (as well as 1992's Mutant Monkees Meet The Masters of the Multimedia Manipulation Machine!). Green was also a member of Toast, the late '70s/early '80s group that backed Davy on the road during that period. Green talks about his relationship with Davy and the genesis of their partnership, Basil Foster, and recalls Toast on tour. From there Paris and John speak with Davy about the book, his experiences on Broadway, The Monkees' fallout with MTV, Pool It!, the making of the "Every Step of the Way" video, 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee, his 1988 solo album Incredible, Don Kirshner, Colpix Records, Head, and much, much more.
Please note that I've misplaced the opening of this episode of Headquarters which is why the program begins right away with Alan Green's interview. And, sprinkled throughout you'll hear two tracks from Incredible, "After Your Heart" and "Hippy Hippy Shake," along with "Rainbows" (written and recorded with Chip Douglas), as well as audio from Davy's late 1965 appearance on Ben Casey.
In the video below, Davy Jones performs with Toast at Magic Mountain in Los Angeles in 1979. Toast backed Davy during his live concerts throughout 1979 and 1980, and this appearance was part of a syndicated TV special, Scapbook of the 60's.
Throughout 1979, Davy Jones was backed by Toast while performing in the United States. The group experienced a lineup change in 1980 during performances in England:
When Davy was on the road performing in the United States in 1979, he was backed by a band called Toast. Alan Green (top left in the picture below), who later went on to work with Davy on his 1987 autobiography They Made a Monkee Out of Me, played keyboards and acted as music director.
Rounding out the original lineup were Skip Reed (drums, who also was a member of The Laughing Dogs, Davy and Micky's backing group in 1977), Jay DeWitt White (bass), and Dennis Larden (rhythm guitar). A revamped Toast hit the road in 1980.
Thanks to Judith Supple Hadlock for confirming the names of the members of Toast!
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