Micky Dolenz was the inaugural guest on Tom Petty's new SiriusXM radio program, "Tom Talks to Cool People." Here's a recap of the 90 minute interview:
The album version of "(Theme from) The Monkees" opened the show
Petty introduces Micky: "One of my favorites ever. I was a huge fan of The Monkees."
Tom started the conversation with Micky by discussing Circus Boy, which Tom watched on television as a child
Tom asked Micky about growing up in the San Fernando Valley
Micky and Tom discussed the auditions that led to the selection of Micky, Davy, Mike, and Peter
Petty, before spinning "Last Train to Clarksville": "One of my favorite all time records."
After "Clarksville," "Saturday’s Child" was played
Micky talked about the musical and acting backgrounds of each of The Monkees, as well as being cast as the drummer in The Monkees
Micky elaborated on the unusual setup for his drum kit, and Tom noted that as a young person he always wondered about the arrangement of Micky’s kit
Tom played "Mary, Mary" and noted it was another one of his favorite Monkees records, which was followed by "Randy Scouse Git" and Micky’s cover of The Beatles' "Good Morning Good Morning"
Tom talked about "Randy Scouse Git": "Having gone to England I know what that title means."
The discussion moved to The Beatles and their relationship with The Monkees, and how The Monkees were able to secure the rights of "Good Morning Good Morning" for use in the television show (during the last original episode, "The Frodis Caper")
Tom said he had read Micky’s autobiography and brought up the story of Frank Zappa asking Micky to drum for the Mothers of Invention
Petty talked about Davy Jones, and said that he was under the impression that Davy could be difficult. Micky clarified that statement, saying that Davy had always been frustrated at the business deals of the past, and as a result, could be difficult to do business with. But on a personal level, there was nothing but admiration. Micky noted that he still sees Davy's daughters frequently.
Petty played his favorite Davy Jones track, "Valleri" (single version), which was followed by "Pleasant Valley Sunday." Micky talked about the inspiration for "Pleasant Valley Sunday," named after a street called Pleasant Valley Way in New Jersey.
Tom noted the longevity of The Monkees' music, and began a discussion about The Monkees as a live act. Micky talked about the first formal Monkees concert in Honolulu, Hawaii in December 1966. Micky: "We couldn't hear a thing."
Petty asked Micky about Jimi Hendrix opening for The Monkees in the summer of 1967, and Micky talked about seeing Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival and getting Hendrix on the Monkees tour
Tom mentioned the episode of Breaking Bad that featured "Goin' Down." Micky talked about the writing and recording of the song, and Tom played it.
"For Pete’s Sake" followed "Goin' Down." Tom noted it was the song that closed out the second season. Tom complimented Micky on the Headquarters album, saying he owned the record and enjoyed it.
Tom noted what he considered the absurdity of the "controversy" over The Monkees not playing their instruments on the earliest records, saying that many groups didn't play on their records during that time period.
Tom to Micky regarding The Monkees: "You were great singers and made great records."
Micky told Tom about Michael Nesmith's "Different Drum" being rejected as a Monkees song and how Nez later gave it to Linda Ronstadt
"I'm a Believer" was played, followed by Micky’s cover of "Sugar, Sugar"
Tom discussed the movie Head and said that he watched it not long ago
Petty asked Micky about the enormous success of both The Monkees' 20th Anniversary Reunion Tour and "That Was Then, This Is Now" on record and on MTV in 1986
Micky talked about the upcoming Monkees 50th Anniversary Tour and the new album, Good Times! Micky discussed the unfinished demo of Harry Nilsson's "Good Times" which was completed for the LP.
Tom closed the show with "Porpoise Song," which he noted was one of his favorites