This article, written by Richard Warren Lewis and originally published in the January 28, 1967 issue of the Saturday Evening Post, quite possibly gave credence to the "Monkees don't play their own instruments" tagline that quickly enveloped The Monkees as they rose to superstardom. Michael Nesmith holds nothing back, voicing his displeasure with how the earliest Monkees records were made (under the watchful eye of musical supervisor Don Kirshner), while also defending the group's NBC television series as something genuine and valid. The article contains a few errors and half-truths, nearly implying that The Monkees had almost nothing to do with the recording process from the start, which of course, is factually inaccurate.
As this piece enters circulation in early 1967, The Monkees were fresh from their explosive confrontation with Don Kirshner at the Beverly Hills Hotel (where Nez put his fist through the wall) and their first recording sessions with complete creative control (with producer Chip Douglas at the helm). Those sessions yielded both "All of Your Toys" and "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" with the hope that these tracks would comprise both sides of the next Monkees single.
"When Four Nice Boys Go Ape!" covers a lot of different topics and people, including Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider, early group names before "Monkees" was chosen, improvisational training with Jim Frawley, and much more.
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