I honestly and unironically really do like the instrumental version he (and the Wrecking Crew) later recorded too.
There was a time where I could sing all the stuff on the Greatest Hits LP by heart. Not well, necessarily. But we listened to it constantly once we had our own (mono) phonograph. I don’t know where we got the disc, though. I doubt it’s something the folks would’ve bought for us. Maybe my sister got it for herself with birthday money. Anyway, this is the song we replayed the most, I think:
The Monkees were and are my jam (I prefer them to the Beatles ).
All four men were far more talented than they were given credit for, but Mike Nesmith was something special. “Daily Nightly,” “Circle Sky,” “The Girl I Knew Somewhere,” “Papa Gene’s Blues,” “You Just May Be The One,” and “Sunny Girlfriend” are just some of the gems he wrote - I have more than once just randomly popped off with “She owns and operates her own sunshine factory!” - and his vocals on most of the aforementioned tracks plus “Sweet Young Thing” and “The Door Into Summer” are just dynamite.
(I would be remiss in not pointing out that we do have a Monkees love thread if we’d like to continue the discussion. )
Stephen Stills tried out for the Monkees, and was rejected !
So did Charles Manson.
Mama Cass and Neil Young were both character witnesses for Manson…
The Jam broke up in '82 and I was all “shiiiizz” and then Paul Weller went full-bore blue-eyed soul and this still gets periodically stuck.
Though I prefer The Jam, Style Council was the first time I ever heard Paul Weller as a kid and I do like this song.
Britain produced some really good blue-eyed soul in the early 80s.
Why did this suddenly surface again? Oh, yeah. I was thinking about the closer from the very first storyline in Zot!, which apppeared not long after this. But… why that showed up in steam from my overpriced coffee drink? Anybody’s guess. I need a brain organizer or something.
Heh. I saw them live, opening for Loverboy.
New Orleans’ own. Last time I saw them was right after Katrina when they did a concert for first responders. I’ll always have a soft spot for Zebra.
This song has been stuck in my head for a couple days. I was blasting some Badfinger in my car while driving up to Santa Fe, then I realized it’s on another album. (So I still listen to CD’s. Bite me; they’re fun.) So here the song for your listening pleasure:
My car is so old that it has a 6-disc changer in it. There’s also an aux port for an MP3 player, but that’s just voodoo.