30 years of intense fandom has taught me that new music from the Monkees isn't always cause for celebration. But I will always give it a listen, because I am what is called "a believer." With a v. The first single from the forthcoming Monkees LP, Good Times, was called "She Makes Me Laugh," and was written by Rivers Cuomo. I was not stunned to discover that it did not please me much. I don't like Weezer, and Cuomo likes KISS too much for me to believe he could ever understand what made the Monkees not only great but fascinating, and I would argue important. (But let's not argue, k?)
Single number two, "You Bring the Summer," is more the fuck like it.
Written by the great Andy Partridge of XTC (perhaps you've enjoyed my recent long-ass interviews with Mr. P—Part One is here and Part Two is here, and Part Three (in which we discuss the Monkees) will be up tomorrow), "Summer" sounds like it could've been a viable candidate for inclusion on either the Monkees' 1967 LP, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, & Jones, Ltd. or XTC's ingenious psych-pop side project Dukes of Stratosphear.
And even if I'm overstating its goodness after a couple of listens, I know that the song sounds like a welcome bit of grief relief.
Good Times will also feature new songwriting contributions from Noel Gallagher & Paul Weller and Ben Gibbard, as well as older, never-officially released numbers written for the group by Harry Nilsson, Neil Diamond, Carole King, and Boyce & Hart. Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne produced the album, which will be released May 27 (digital) and July 29 (vinyl).
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)