I probably listened to "She Makes Me Laugh" at least 50 times on Thursday, April 28, 2016 when The Monkees' first new single since 1987 was released on YouTube. And then I was able to hear it the next day via the iTunes download, where the song really came alive for me...hearing Nez and Peter clearly in the background behind Micky's super-impressive lead vocal. And Peter's banjo on a Monkees single, a first...what more could I ask for?
I have to admit, I don't think there has been a moment when I didn't enjoy the song immensely. Granted, my attachment to it might come from the fact that it's slightly overwhelming to have a brand new Monkees single in the year 2016, four years after the untimely passing of Davy Jones. The last time I purchased a Monkees single was in late 1987 when "Every Step of the Way" was released. "She Makes Me Laugh" has been a long time coming, and I'd like to think that Davy would have been pleased with the results.
A word about Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, who penned "She Makes Me Laugh" for The Monkees. Weezer broke right as I was entering college, and I was always an admirer of the band. Their albums are a part of my music collection, and knowing that Rivers is a Monkees fan is icing on the cake. Let's not forget that numerous singers and songwriters from River's generation cite The Monkees as an influence. One of the best parts about The Monkees' upcoming album Good Times! is that contemporary artists are loud and proud when it comes to praising The Monkees, a notion that some of The Monkees' contemporaries were less than willing to express.
I hope everyone is embracing the fact that we are being treated to new Monkees music as the group celebrates its 50th Anniversary, while also being appreciative of those who are tenderly curating The Monkees and their legacy.
And by the way, I love the "pink party hats" lyric!
In Memoriam: Michael Nesmith
Dolenz sings Nesmith - The EP