Thursday, June 20, 2013
Sunday, June 2, 2013
I had just turned 8 when the Monkees' TV show debuted in September of 1966. I was already a Beatles fanatic (Beatles '65 remains on the very short list of things guaranteed to make me happy, and seeing A Hard Day's Night in first grade was probably the second-most formative event in my life), but I was not a purist, and I embraced the pre-fab 4 along with the rest of my third grade class. It helped that the music was generally good - "Last Train to Clarksville" had a killer guitar riff, and the two-finger Vox organ hook of "I'm a Believer" still jumps out of the speakers - and the goofy vibe of the show picked up where A Hard Day's Night and Help left off. I won't argue that the Monkees made high art, but they made some great pop records that still sound just as good today.
So, it gives me great pleasure to say that I am included on A Lowbudget Barrel of Monkees, a new tribute CD assembled by Tim Casey of Boston-based Lowbudget Records. The album includes 18 Monkees songs interpreted by Boston artists, including both their hits and some deep cuts. I'm actually on the album twice, once with my band Loose Ties' ska version of "For Pete's Sake" (the closing credits music of the later shows), and with my own version of "I'm a Believer" (written by Neil Diamond, it remains the height of bubblegum). Other highlights include some great Mike Nesmith tunes (the band's most consistent songwriter), Bird Mancini's "Clarksville" and Tim'sWalrus-influenced "Porpoise Song."
You can hear a preview of the album, and order both digital and physical copies at http://lowbudgetrecords.com/pages/A%20Lowbudget%20Barrel%20of%20Monkees.htmlor get a copy right from me. There's even a bonus disc of Surround Sound mixes.
Enjoy being 8 years old again!