"Me & Magdalena" is the third single from The Monkees' upcoming album, Good Times! The song was written for The Monkees by Ben Gibbard (lead vocalist and guitarist of Death Cab for Cutie) and features Michael Nesmith on lead vocals, accompanied by Micky Dolenz on harmony vocals. It was previewed on NPR's World Cafe program on May 9, 2016, and Michael shared an unofficial recording of it on Facebook later that day. Andy Greene, Associate Editor of Rolling Stone, tweeted that the track "is not just their best tune since the 1960s, but one of their best ever."
"Before The Beatles, before The Velvet Underground and before punk and/or indie rock, The Monkees were the first band I truly loved. Their albums were always on in our home when I was a kid (especially Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.), and I learned to sing alongside them. I spent countless hours in front of the TV in the '80s watching Monkees reruns wishing I could climb through the screen and be in the show with them. They made being in a band seem so fun — and goddammit, it should be! For these reasons and a million others, I can say with absolutely zero hyperbole that contributing 'Me & Magdalena' to this album has been the greatest honor of my career."
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