The Monkees are in the midst of their 50th Anniversary Tour. Today's Friday Five take a look at five of their new songs.
The Monkees are an American Pop-rock band originally active between 1965 and 1971, with subsequent reunion albums and tours in the decades that followed. They were formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the American television series The Monkees, which aired from 1966 to 1968. The musical acting quartet was composed of Americans Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork and British actor and singer Davy Jones.
Davy Jones died in February 2012 from a heart attack.
Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork toured as the Monkees in 2015 without Michael Nesmith's participation. Nesmith stated that he was busy with other ventures, although Dolenz stated "He's always invited."
In February 2016, it was announced that the Monkees would be releasing a new album, entitled Good Times!, as a celebration of their 50th Anniversary. Good Times!, produced by Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne. It features unused songs written for the band in the 60s as well as songs by contemporary songwriters. One track includes an archived Jones vocal track. All three surviving members appear on the new album. The album was announced in conjunction with the band's 50th anniversary tour, which will again feature just Dolenz and Tork.
Here are five of the newest songs:
She Makes Me Laugh
written by Rivers Cuomo (lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for Weezer)
You Bring The Summer
written by Andy Partridge (guitarist and chief songwriter for XTC)
I Was There (And I’m Told I Had A Good Time)
written by Micky Dolenz & Adam Schlesinger (bassist for Fountains of Wayne, Ivy, and Tinted Windows)
I Know What I Know
written by Michael Nesmith
written by Peter Tork
The Monkees Theme Song
What do you think of their new songs? What's your favorite Monkees song?