The Monkees Are Back to Celebrate 50 years

The Monkees – go figure – have returned with a vengeance, getting Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo to write them a song so poppy it almost outdoes anything they’ve ever done in the past.

The song, called “She Makes Me Laugh,” literally makes you tap your foot at the ooey pop goodness that emanates from this record. The Monkees, of course, are without the late Davey Jones, and Mike Nesmith has thumbed his nose at the reunion (what else is new?), but Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz form the backbone of the band, now celebrating its 50th year in existence.

What began as a satirical response to the Beatles – think of the Rutles – is still going on after all this time. And that’s what makes rock ‘n’ roll so wonderful. Micky Dolenz is 71 and still sounds great. You can definitely hear Cuomo’s influence on the record, but it sounds like the Monkees.

And that’s what it’s supposed to sound like.

The new album (followed by a tour) will drop June 10. Contributions from XTC’s Andy Partridge and Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard will also be on the album, which was produced by Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne – author of my all-time favorite pop song, “That Thing You Do!”

Oh, this will definitely be poppy. Can’t wait.


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