The Monkees are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a new album, and we’re making Friday, May 27 Good Times Friday at The Record Exchange!
We’ll be playing Good Times! throughout the day, and we’ll have coloring books to give away free with purchase. Customers then can take the coloring books home, color a page and enter it in our Monkees coloring contest! Winner will receive a Monkees prize pack that includes the out-of-print Monkees guitar-shaped Record Store Day single and T-shirt! Entries must be received by 9pm Friday, June 3.
On May 27, the Monkees release Good Times!, their first new album in 20 years, tied to the group’s 50th anniversary and extensive North American tour.
All three surviving band members (Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork) have written new songs for the album as well as providing vocals and music performances. The unmistakable voice of the late Davy Jones is also included with a vintage vocal on the Neil Diamond-penned “Love To Love.” To produce the new album, the band found the perfect musical co-conspirator in Grammy and Emmy-winning songwriter Adam Schlesinger (Fountains Of Wayne, Ivy).
Much like The Monkees’ early albums, Good Times! features tracks written specifically for the band by some of the music world’s most gifted songwriters, including Rivers Cuomo of Weezer (“She Makes Me Laugh”), Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie (“Me & Magdalena”), Andy Partridge of XTC (“You Bring The Summer”), as well as a song co-written by Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller (“Birth Of An Accidental Hipster”).
Good Times! finds all three band members taking turns on lead vocals, playing a wide range of instruments, and sharing new compositions, including Nesmith’s “I Know What I Know” and Tork’s “Little Girl.” In addition to producing the album, Schlesinger also penned “Our Own World” and co-wrote the album’s finale with Dolenz, aptly titled “I Was There (And I’m Told I Had A Good Time).”
To help bring the 50th anniversary full circle, The Monkees completed songs for Good Times! that were originally written and recorded for the group during the ’60s. Harry Nilsson wrote the title track “Good Times,” which he recorded at a session with Nesmith in January 1968. The production was never completed, so the band returned to the original session tape (featuring Nilsson’s guide vocal) and have created a duet with his close friend Dolenz. “Good Times” will mark the first time Dolenz and Nilsson have sung together since Dolenz’ May 1973 single “Daybreak.” Good Times! also includes the Neil Diamond-penned “Love To Love,” the Carole King and Gerry Goffin collaboration “I Wasn’t Born To Follow,” “Whatever’s Right,” written by legendary songwriting duo Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, who were responsible for many of the classic Monkees hits, and “Gotta Give It Time,” by Jeff Barry and Joey Levine.
In addition to the new album, Dolenz and Tork launched a Monkees 50th Anniversary Tour on May 18. The jaunt boasts nearly 50 North American dates through the end of the year including a homecoming gig at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles on September 16. Tickets are available now.
In other Monkees news, the band will release the entire series of “The Monkees” television show on Blu-ray for the very first time. All 58 episodes have been painstakingly restored in high-definition from the original film negatives. The 10-disc Blu-ray collection also includes the 1968 cult-classic “Head” along with many never-before-seen outtakes from the film. Due to the overwhelming amount of bonus material included, the collection, limited to 10,000 individually numbered pieces, will now be available on June 24 and can be purchased exclusively at Monkees.com for $199.98.
During the band’s time together, The Monkees amassed a dozen Top 40 hits, including a trio of tunes that soared to #1. Between September 1966 and December 1967, “Last Train To Clarksville,” “I’m A Believer,” and “Daydream Believer” collectively occupied the top position for 12 weeks. Sales of their LPs were more phenomenal still: The Monkees occupied the #1 position for 13 consecutive weeks, and More Of The Monkees for 18 weeks. Both Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. went to the top as well, for a four-in-a-row feat in the incomprehensible space of 13 months. The final tally: 16 million albums and 7.5 million singles sold in a mere 2 1/2 years.
GOOD TIMES! TRACK LISTING
1. “Good Times” (Harry Nilsson)
2. “You Bring The Summer” (Andy Partridge)
3. “She Makes Me Laugh” (Rivers Cuomo)
4. “Our Own World” (Adam Schlesinger)
5. “Gotta Give It Time” (Jeff Barry/Joey Levine)
6. “Me & Magdalena” (Ben Gibbard)
7. “Whatever’s Right” (Tommy Boyce/Bobby Hart)
8. “Love To Love” (Neil Diamond)
9. “Little Girl” (Peter Tork)
10. “Birth Of An Accidental Hipster” (Noel Gallagher/Paul Weller)
11. “I Wasn’t Born To Follow” (Carole King/Gerry Goffin)
12. “I Know What I Know” (Michael Nesmith)
13. “I Was There (And I’m Told I Had A Good Time)” (Micky Dolenz/Adam Schlesinger)