"I was there (and I'm told I had crab cakes)"
Venture poolside as Mark Bego, co-author of Micky Dolenz's I'm a Believer: My Life of Monkees, Music, and Madness, takes us back to the early 1990's with some scintillating anecdotes ... The early 1990's theme continues as Canadian TV game show host Wayne Cox recalls filming the celebrity charades program Acting Crazy in Vancouver, BC with Micky Dolenz in 1991 ... But first: 1980s Arista Records executive Roy Lott shares a behind-the-scenes perspective on the controversial second single from Then & Now: The Best of the Monkees that both threatens to rewrite the entire historical record, and culminates in a party at Quincy Jones' mansion for Whitney Houston. As a chaser, we present highlights from our conversation with acclaimed illustrator Wilson McLean, who reflects on painting the cover of Michael Nesmith and The Second National Band's Tantamount to Treason Volume One back in 1972.
3 Jul 2020
"Love Without Even the Little Hint of a Trace: The Making of 'Pool It!', Part III"
Fights, feasts, and fruit plates ... not to mention stretch limousines couriering cassette tapes to LAX and on to Heathrow ... It's all here in the third installment of our Pool It! profile ... More never-before-revealed studio moments from producer Roger Béchirian, music supervisor Lou Natkin, session musicians Mark Christian and Michael Egizi, plus the world premiere of the demo of "The Weight of Love", an original Bobby Hart/Dick Eastman composition submitted for consideration for inclusion on the Pool It! album.
31 May 2020
"Love in a Space: The Making of 'Pool It!', Part II"
Our 'Pool It!' exposé continues, drawing on exclusive interviews with Roger Béchirian and music supervisor Lou Maxfield, and two integral musicians on the sessions, Mark Christian and Michael Egizi. Plus: Rhino Records legend Bill Inglot offers a crucial scintilla of information in our ongoing investigation of the "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere" remix mystery ... and a rare live 'fifties' medley from Davy Jones and Peter Tork's Sounds of the Monkees Australian Tour, 1986.
23 May 2020
"Monkee Wash, Donkey Rinse"
A dog's breakfast of delights on this extended episode! New York Times writer John Leland talks 1980s Monkees as part of our tribute to the late Adam Schlesinger; Keith Allison recalls writing and recording "Auntie's Municipal Court" and explains why he's often uncredited; Leslie Goldberg Zimmer describes the formation of Illinois's Monkees Relived Committee, the Black Panthers of second wave Monkee fandom; a Peter Tork performance of "Lady's Baby" live with full band from 1979; DJB&H killing "Right Now", the 'shoulda been third/second single', at the Cleveland Agora June 10 1976; plus Matt Harris, secret weapon background vocalist on Pool It! and former son-in-law of Leon Russell, chimes in with his choice for what Leon Russell song the Monkees could have recorded on Pool It! -- turns out it's a song Russell wrote in tribute to Little Richard, who passed away during the production of this episode. Rest in Power, Mr Richard.
12 May 2020
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Legendary producer Roger Béchirian takes the "Pool It!" quiz, and imagines an alternate universe wherein the album goes double platinum and he goes on to produce Soundgarden (it almost happened) ... and if that weren't enough, we present the world premiere of Peter Tork's "Never Gets Old", a tribute to the enduring power of rock 'n roll co-written with Michael "Since You Went Away" Levine for the "Good Times!" album (salty language warning)
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On this special extended edition of NTG&K: Kathryn Bild and Linda Jones on 1970s Monkees reunion(s); Phil 'Fang' Volk of Paul Revere & the Raiders describes his traumatic appearance in 1972 on 'Davy Jones ABC POP!', and more
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Peter Tork wound up in Marin County in the early 1970s, couch surfing, waitering at a local coop vegetarian restaurant, and singing in the glorious Fairfax Street Choir ... Hear from the Choir's founder Marla Hunt Hanson, along with bass player Clyde Niesen, plus lots more in Episode #2 of NTG&K
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