Micky speaks about his musical influences, songwriting, Circus Boy, and looks back at his song "Mommy and Daddy" in a new interview with Examiner.com. Note that Micky says he played drums (and piano) on "Mommy and Daddy," apparently allowing us to add this song to the list of tracks where Micky was the drummer in the studio after the Headquarters sessions (the others being "The Door Into Summer" and "Cuddly Toy"). Fans have long speculated that Micky drummed on "Mommy and Daddy" as it sounds like his playing style, and Andrew Sandoval's book credits Micky as "possibly" playing drums on it (most likely because the session logs were incomplete or missing). It will be interesting to see if Andrew has updated the personnel listing for "Mommy and Daddy" in the upcoming deluxe edition of The Monkees Present.
I love that song. I wrote it on my mom’s old piano at my little house up in Laurel Canyon. I don’t remember what exactly inspired me. I am part Native American Indian on my mom’s side. I was supporting their cause in the late ‘60s, which might have had something to do with it. It’s kind of a musical cousin to “Randy Scouse Git” in terms of the protest angle.
Besides my vocals, I played drums and piano [August 1968] on the song and intended to include it on Instant Replay, our first album released after Peter left the band. However, Screen Gems music coordinator Lester Sill deemed my lyrics (e.g. “Ask your mommy and daddy who really killed J.F.K.?... Ask your mommy if she really gets off on all her pills”) too controversial for our teenage audience. These days it’s not so shocking.
I’m eternally grateful that Mike encouraged me not to abandon the song, so I eventually rewrote it. The record label decided that it was acceptable, and it was finally released on our penultimate Colgems album, The Monkees Present [October 1969] in addition to being the B-side of Mike’s “Good Clean Fun.” The original, unedited version appeared decades later on the reissue of Monkees Present [Note: a lavish three-CD deluxe set chronicling the album sessions is slated for mid-August].
I’ve sang it a few times in concert, but that would have been a long, long time ago. I haven’t performed it recently. But never say never [laughs]. I always thought “Mommy and Daddy” was one of my best.